Current Projects

Stono River County Park

In December of 2012, Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission received the property through a generous donation from Mike Messner and his partner Paul Shiverick. The 85.5-acre site is situated in the West Ashley and Johns Island areas of the City of Charleston, near the Limehouse Bridge. It is composed of approximately 25.3 acres of highland, a 12.2-acre marsh island and 48 acres of marsh adjoining the Stono River. A proposed development had begun infrastructure improvements at the property when it was acquired and donated to CCPRC. Portions are zoned under conservation and others are restricted to recreational use. An active CSX rail line abuts the property to the north, and the West Ashley Greenway terminus is within 300 yards of the site. With its close proximity to the Greenway, the property provides an excellent opportunity to serve as a trailhead. Its adjacency to the CSX rail line also creates the potential to extend the Greenway to the south. Stunning views of the Stono River create further opportunities for passive recreation and enjoyment. We are hoping for a future connection of the park to the West Ashley Greenway and our plan is to jointly pursue funding with the City of Charleston for this connection.

Park Amenities

Phase 1 (expected to be completed in spring-summer 2019):

  • Entry Road located at McLeod Mill Road
  • 47-space parking area
  • Trailhead
  • Trail – about ¼ quarter mile, asphalt
  • Restroom
  • Landscaping
  • Picnic area
  • Bike racks, bike repair station, chilled drinking fountain
  • Fencing between the park and adjacent residential lots

Phase 2 (expected completion 2020):

  • Marsh boardwalk – around 1,000 feet, with overlooks
  • More than ¼ mile trail on the big island on the Stono River with overlooks
  • Limited frontage improvements