The East Coast of the US has many hidden gems and beauties that you may not even know exist. From beaches to marshland, one state that has it all is South Carolina. These gardens in South Carolina are right on the water's edge and there are thousands of oyster shells waiting to be skipped across the surface — and even strung up at a special spot for you to make a wish.

Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens can be found in Little River near the Intercoastal Waterway, and it has 115 acres of lush forest and marshland. There's one trail you can take that'll lead you to a surprise along the way.

The Loop Trail's 2.4-mile hike will take you across boardwalks and flatlands for a super relaxing stroll. It takes most about two to three hours to complete the entire journey, but you may find yourself wanting to admire the scenic beauty for longer.

As you trek this trail, you'll come across a shore by the waterway that's filled with oyster shells. You'll want to snag one so you can hang it on the wishing tree waiting for you at the end of your journey.

Pro tip: try to find shells with a hole in them so they can be hung easier.

While visitors are nearing the end of the loop, you'll happen upon an entire section of the forest that has been turned into an oyster shell oasis — trees covered with them will create a whimsical feel like nowhere else. Signs will tell you to join in too just "Make a wish...hang an oyster."

While no one can really say for sure that this wishing tree really will make dreams come true, there's something about it that will bring joy and peace to those who discover it.

Much of the hike is on a wooden boardwalk that'll give hikers the best view of the entire marshland and coastline. There will also be wildflowers blooming along the trail in the springtime that only add to the whimsey.

Vereen Memorial Gardens Loop Trail 

Price: Free

Address: 2250 SC-179, Little River, SC 

Why You Need To Go: This trail will take visitors past part of the Intercoastal Waterway and to a wishing tree with hundreds of oysters hanging on it. Grab a shell of your own and wish for your dreams to come true.



We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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