No shortage of recreation options at Charleston Outdoor Fest


Paddling, climbing, riding, shooting and more are on the schedule for Charleston’s ultimate weekend for the outdoor enthusiast.

The annual Charleston Outdoor Fest features a plethora of recreation activities at James Island County Park from Friday through Sunday. Whether you’re a watcher, a competitor, or just experimenting, the Outdoor Fest has something for everyone. The festival started as one of the premier showcases for paddlesports but has expanded in recent years to include other activities like mountain biking, archery, climbing, and disc golf.

The East Coast Paddlesports Symposium includes three days of classes and events on a wide range of paddlesports activities. Registration for the symposium is a separate fee, but the keynote presentation by renowned kayaker and storyteller, Nigel Dennis is free with park admission. Dennis will speak at Edison Hall in the park, Saturday at 8 p.m.

For anyone wanting to try their hand at a variety of outdoor activities, the Try It Zone includes archery, a bike obstacle course, a mountain bike short track, disc golf, a temporary climbing wall and a slackline course. The Try It pass also provides demos for kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and canoes. The Try It pass is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger with an adult. The Try It Zone is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Those who feel the need to compete could join some of the Southeast’s best climbers on Saturday. They will attack the wall for the Palmetto Pump Climbing Competition. Youth compete from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with adults from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is $50, but closes April 20.

Throughout the weekend, the festival also includes live music, food and drinks, and the vendor village, featuring top outdoor manufacturers and outfitters.

Access to the festival is included with the $2 gate admission to James Island County Park. For more details, click here.

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