Berkeley County, SC
With roots in the rice culture that fueled the Southern economy, Berkeley County boasts a history of pioneers, planters, and patriots.
Home of the 163-acre Cypress Gardens, the nation’s most sought after, well preserved black water swamp garden, and one of the most important 18th century plantations in existence, Berkeley County is a blend of beauty, history and tradition.
Other unforgettable wonders form centuries past include Mepkin Abbey Plantation, where monks can today be seen moving silently through its gardens to attend service at the beautiful chapel on the old grounds.
The finest outdoor scenery and recreation can be found in places like Lake Moultrie, Lake Marion, and the Santee Cooper Rivers. The region has long been recognized as a sportsman’s paradise, offering camping, hiking, boating, over 280 species of birds, and wildlife including deer, bobcat, alligator, and the occasional bear. Also, Berkeley honors the Lowcountry tradition of golfing with some of the most scenic and challenging courses around.
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams explore the swamp at Cypress Gardens during filming of The Notebook.