Mount Pleasant Recreation
Abundance of Recreational Opportunities Afforded to Owners of Mount Pleasant Real EstateAn abundance of recreational areas are scattered throughout Mount Pleasant. Topping the list is golf. Many retirees succumb to Mount Pleasant’s allure because of its close proximity to the area’s many fabulous golf courses.
Birthplace of Golf
Charleston, long considered the birthplace of golf in America, has been recognized as a premier golf destination for two decades. In fact, three area courses have earned spots on the “top 100” lists from various national publication, with several of golf’s governing bodies choosing South Carolina Lowcountry courses to stage important national and international championships.
In Mount Pleasant, golf lovers can take advantage of six magnificent courses, including Charleston National Country Club, Dunes West Golf Club, Patriot’s Point Golf Links on Charleston Harbor, RiverTowne Country Club, Snee Farm Country Club and Bulls Bay Golf Club, each with its own personality and set of challenges.
Mount Pleasant is also a big tennis town. While many neighborhoods have their own tennis facilities, the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department operates and maintains courts throughout the town. The largest is the Mount Pleasant Tennis Complex at Whipple Road, a 12-court facility with a club house. This tennis complex has hosted a women’s professional tennis tournament, numerous USTA sanctioned junior and adult tournaments, as well as local tournaments and USTA league play. The Mount Pleasant Tennis Complex and the department’s facilities at Park West and Royall Ave. offer individual lessons and hold frequent clinics for adults and juniors alike.
Parks and Trails
Those wanting to enjoy the great outdoors are invited to Palmetto Islands County Park. With its 943 acres, this well-maintained county park provides a variety of seasonal recreational activities, including crabbing and fishing from floating docks along tidal creeks and lagoons, biking, lagoon boating, and picnicking. Palmetto Islands is home to Splash Island Waterpark, a seasonal family water attraction that provides hours of fun and recreation for toddlers to pre-teen children.
In late 2004, the Town of Mount Pleasant opened the Patriot’s Point Nature Trail along one of the major resting stops for migratory birds on the East Coast. The nature trail winds through an area seasonally frequented by neo-tropical song birds flying south for the winters. This 1.4 mile trail, which connects Patriot’s Point with a proposed Waterfront Park at the base of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, runs through protected habitat to watch tower where hikers can enjoy breathtaking views of Charleston Harbor.
Those looking for a real hiking adventure may find it on the Palmetto Trail. With the eastern-most trailhead located on Hwy. 17 just north Mount Pleasant, the Palmetto Trail offers the best in plants and wildlife for nature study, environmental education and photography. When completed in 2010, this 425-mile trail will wind through the marshy lowlands of the Lowcountry, across the Statehouse grounds in Columbia and westward to the mountains of the South Carolina Upstate. Portions of the trail are now open to hikers.
Mt. Pleasant is just minutes from the beaches at Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms. Boater and water sport enthusiasts can enjoy fishing, sailing, kayaking, and other activities on the local lakes, creeks, rivers and oceans.