If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of life, plan a trip to the Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens in Little River, SC. This beautiful 114-acre tract of land is located one mile south of the South Carolina state line and extends all the way to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Dense woodlands and salt marshes provide ample opportunities for adventure – from fishing and birding to hiking and biking. Whether you’re a Lowcountry local or are just passing through, the Vereen Gardens are perfect for a peaceful afternoon! Here’s why a visit should be in your future.
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Explore the Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens
1. Learn the History
The Vereen Gardens are a small portion of a 400-acre plantation that has been in the Vereen family since colonial days. The land donor was Jackson “Jack” Vereen, who was born in Little River in 1882. He was the son of Hartford Jennings Vereen and Florence C. Frink of Brunswick County, NC.
In 1972, Jack Vereen deeded the property to the Horry County Historical Commission. Today, the Gardens include the historic Vereen Family Cemetery (home to a number of Revolutionary war graves) as well as the King’s Highway, which was a part of the Atlantic Coastal Transportation system. It’s said to have been traveled by Lafayette in 1777 and Washington in 1791.
2. Hiking & Sightseeing
Perfect for a fun day outdoors, the Vereen Gardens feature numerous hiking trails and wooden boardwalks that extend across the salt marsh. You’ll find a wide variety of plants and trees here, as well as interpretive signs explaining what they are. You’ll also find a nice gazebo that overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. With convenient access directly off of US 17, you can park and take a 5-minute stroll across the pathways to a wide observation deck. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife like snakes, fish, alligators, and seabirds.
3. Family Fun
One of the best parts about visiting the Gardens is that you can make a whole day of it! Pack a lunch and enjoy relaxing at a picnic site overlooking the marsh. There’s even a swing set and a small play area for the kids. If you’re traveling with Fido, no need to worry – Vereen Memorial Gardens is dog-friendly. Pets must be well-behaved and on a leash, but they’ll love the cool woods with lots of things to smell and explore.
How To Get There
To access the Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens, stay on Highway 17 North until you reach Highway 179. Vere right and the gardens are located immediately on your right. Admission is free and park hours are 8 a.m. to sunset throughout the year.
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For more fun things to do in Little River,
read our blog about the World Famous Blue Crab Festival.
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