The Lowcountry of South Carolina is known for plentiful in-shore fishing, wildlife-rich maritime forests, and celebrated indigenous cuisine. And you can enjoy each aspect of this distinctly Southern lifestyle all in one place at Palmetto Bluff, a conservation-based community and resort nestled at the confluence of the May, New, and Cooper rivers.
In this unique habitat, where the salt marsh and coastal woodlands intertwine in natural synergy, it’s possible to cast your fly for tailing redfish at sunrise, picnic on a sandbar at lunch, and enjoy a horseback trail ride at dusk—before gathering along the river with family for dinner, prepared by a world-class chef. Whatever your interests, Palmetto Bluff offers an array of experiences to entertain and delight all ages, thanks partially to the smart preservation of its greatest resources: the land, water, and wildlife.
Embrace a World Defined by Water
Palmetto Bluff sits along an estuary, where the ocean and river intermingle and wildlife comes to feed and breed. It’s a fishing paradise, whether your style is fighting tarpon and grouper offshore or casting for trout and redfish in the marsh’s winding creeks. The land also features a unique freshwater trail that links ponds and lakes, where largemouth bass are just waiting to be tempted by a well-cast fly on either a solo or guided expedition.
You don’t have to carry a line and pole to appreciate these waterways from a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. Commune with the egrets as the sun rises over a misty pond, then pack lunch and plan an afternoon on the May River sandbar, an island of sand that forms daily at low tide, only to be washed away hours later. For a picture-perfect toast, charter the 60-foot pre-WWI 1913 motor yacht, Grace, as the sun sets.
Take to the Woods
Longfield Stables and its 173-acre farm is open for guests to visit with the resident horses, or saddle up and gallop down a wooded trail. The ancient pathways also invite exploration via mountain bike or a trail run. With thousands of acres of forest, Palmetto Bluff has also traditionally been a destination for hunting turkey and deer. Hire a guide if you’re still honing your skills, and practice your aim as you move through the woods between 13 sporting clay stations at the 40-acre Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club.
Jack Nicklaus designed Palmetto Bluff’s golf links, where stunning views across the May River are par for the course. Likewise, the Wilson Lawn and Racquet Club tempts your competitive streak with tennis, bocce, and croquet. And new in 2017 is a bowling alley and billiards room at Moreland Village.
Feast on the Local Bounty
After working up a sweat, cool off at Cole’s with a signature cocktail and a barbecue platter, or grab a bottle of champagne and hors d’oeuvres at RT’s Market to take back to your front porch. In the evening, kick back at the Canoe Club and savor local shrimp and seafood as you watch the winding May River. There’s no shortage of dining options that will keep you well fed during your stay.
Discovering the perfect golf course, happy hour spot, or fishing hole is cause for celebration—and you can narrow your search fast by heading for Palmetto Bluff’s corner of the world.