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Another Blue Crab Festival in Awendaw SC is in the books. The theme this year was engagement and unity, coming together as a community with its neighbors with the purpose of influencing youth and the next generation. There was a Crab Eating Contest and new games and activities for the kids that included tug of war, and a sack race. A hay ride toured the park and the East Coast Greenway Trail. For the first time, the Blue Crab Festival was held on the Jefferson Tract, a 13-acre space created for the event. The event space fronts on the first phase of 45-acre lake and provided a beautiful setting for the festival activities.The Town of Awendaw purchased the 300-acre Jefferson Tract using Charleston County Greenbelt funds and has been working for three years to create a very unique park. The Festival was a great day of great food, and family fun! 


Traveling out of Mt. Pleasant on Highway 17 North, the next stop is the small Charleston County town of Awendaw (zip code 29429). Nestled within the confines of the Francis Marion National forest and on the marshy shores of Bulls Bay, the rural fishing town is a natural gem of the area. Just like other rural areas in the Lowcountry, Awendaw is growing to accommodate those looking for a home a little bit off the beaten path — but still close to all the amenities of Mount Pleasant and Charleston, SC, and the beaches of the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island.

Incorporated as a town in 1992, Awendaw is about a 15-to-25-minute drive from Mount Pleasant (depending on where you’re coming from) and a 45-minute drive from downtown Charleston. The Isle of Palms Connector, which provides access to area beaches, is just 20 minutes from Awendaw. The fragmented incorporated parts of Awendaw measure 8.28 square miles, but the entire 29429 zip code covers a whopping 107.9 square miles.

Although it is small, as the home of both the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, Awendaw provides plenty of recreational opportunities for active health-enthusiasts and nature-lovers alike. Awendaw is also a favorite spot for cyclists, thanks to its quiet, rural roads. Awendaw’s newest addition is the Bulls Bay Golf Club development. The 18-hole Bulls Bay course is one of the most beautiful around, and it features state-of-the-art amenities right in Awendaw.