The intimate communities of McClellanville and Awendaw epitomize the classic natural beauty and relaxed hospitality of South Carolina’s pristine coast. Set between the inland expanses of the Francis Marion National Forest and the unspoiled seaward range of marsh estuary and barrier islands, these two small municipalities are big on quiet, comfortable living in tantalizing nature-friendly surroundings.
McClellanville is only 32 miles north of downtown Charleston, but seems far removed from the hurry and worry of city life. Known for more than 150 years simply as “The Village”, this historic fishing and shrimping community numbers fewer than one thousand residents, but is blessed with an extraordinary number of historic buildings on spacious properties lined with massive oaks. Most scenic in this beautiful area is the waterfront along historic Jeremy Creek, where picturesque wooden boats of the town’s trawler fleet offer a colorful spectacle as they gather prized local shrimp and oysters.
Awendaw lies six miles south of McClellanville in a similar coastal setting along windswept Bulls Bay. The community of fewer than 1500 people stands near the remains of ancient Indian settlements, or “middens”, whose remains of oyster shell enclosures are protected in viewing areas along hiking trails today. Other trail heads and recreational areas beckon throughout the Awendaw area, which offers enviable proximity to the Cape Romaine National Wildlife Refuge. An abundance of tidal creeks, estuary and intracoastal waterway is ideal for paddlers, anglers, and boaters, who can take leave of the natural paradise for exceptional restaurants and shopping only ten minutes away in the town of Mount Pleasant.
With many roomy, affordable properties in these neighborly, historic locations, life in the McClellanville/Awendaw area is a sensible choice for a pleasurable future
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