Clarendon County offers residents endless recreation options, which can be enjoyed year-round thanks to the region's temperate climate.
Clarendon County has more than a dozen championship courses nearby. Plus, Myrtle Beach and Kiawah Island, which boast more than 100 championship courses, are just an hour away. Here are a few courses located right in Clarendon County:
Wyboo Golf Club (Manning) is an exceptional 18-hole championship course that is consistently named to (Columbia’s) The State newspaper’s top public courses list. The course is one of Tom Jackson’s designs.
Shannon Greens (Manning) is a small and friendly country club that offers tennis courts, a swimming pool, and several fishing ponds in addition to golf.
Foxboro Golf Club (Summerton), located on the shores of Lake Marion, is open to the public and features an abundance of wildlife.
FISHING AND BOATING
Part of Clarendon County is located on Lake Marion, the largest lake in South Carolina and one of the 50 largest lakes in the United States, at 110,600 acres.
Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, in neighboring Berkeley County, are two of the finest lakes in the nation for freshwater fishing. Lake Marion holds the record for the world’s largest channel catfish at just under 60 pounds, as well as the state record for largemouth bass at 16 pounds, 2 ounces.
Launch your boat in Clarendon County and sail straight to Charleston! Boaters can travel from Lake Marion through the Diversion Canal to Lake Moultrie, then through the 75-foot high Pinopolis Lock, which lowers boaters to the Tailrace Canal that leads to the Cooper River and on to Charleston. The trip from Lake Marion to Charleston is less than 150 miles.
The lakes don’t ice over in winter and fishing season is always open.
Two major FLW tournaments are held every spring in Clarendon County: the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Tournament, and the Santee Cooper Lake Stren Series Tournament.
The Santee National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,000-acre refuge alongside Lake Marion, adjacent to the Santee River. It shelters a huge variety of wildlife species and is a paradise for bird and wildlife watchers.
Woods Bay State Wildlife Area is one of a series of natural phenomena known as Carolina Bays. The 1,500-acre park offers a variety of natural habitats in which visitors can view many species of wildlife.
Congaree National Park, in nearby Richland County, is home to the largest remnant of old-growth floodplain forest remaining on the continent. Visitors can walk, hike, canoe, kayak, and fish among national and state champion trees that are part of a dynamic floodplain ecosystem.
Francis Marion National Forest covers more than 250,000 acres in nearby Charleston and Berkeley counties. Recreation options include camping, rifle ranges, boating, hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
Taw Caw Creek Park has boardwalks, picnic tables, and some shelters available for public use.
Santee Dam on Lake Marion gives visitors excellent views of Lake Marion and the Santee River Swamp. Cypress tree trunks still stand above the water, creating an underwater environment that some call “Fish Heaven.” Eagles, egrets, loons, cormorants, herons, and turkey vultures are just a few of the bird species you are likely to see.
The county’s hundreds of thousands of acres of woods, combined with the opportunity to hunt almost year-round, makes Clarendon County a hunting mecca. Public hunting is allowed within the Santee National Wildlife Refuge and the Francis Marion National Forest.
Willard Farms Take a farm tour or enjoy a weenie roast or marshmallow toast at the agriplex! And don’t forget to come by and pick your own fruits and veggies—everything from berries to beets and peppers to pumpkins, depending on the season. Willard Farms also offers a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program that gives local residents access to just-picked produce from April to October—you can’t get more “locally grown” than this!