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Channel your inner explorer and carve out some time for carefree drives through the Lowcountry.

Seuss book, where the truffula trees spiral toward the sky in leafy segments of cones and spheres.

Since the early ’80s, Fryar has planted more than 400 specimens—including juniper, holly, cedar, cypress, fir, pine, and oak—in a former cornfield, meticulously sculpting the yard into a garden that’s inspired a documentary about his life and now attracts visitors from around the world.

■ 145 Broad Acres Rd., Bishopville, (803) 484-5581, Free, donations are encouraged. Write a Poem at Hampton Plantation { 47.3 miles [ 1 hour } The melancholy river-wind, Grieves through the rustling sycamores Of Loveliness that cannot last; The roses bloom, the river flows, Ah, but the hearts we loved are passed Beyond the River and the Rose.

—Archibald Rutledge, from Under the Pines and Other Poems, 1906 When S. poet laureate Archibald Rutledge passed away in 1973, he left his family’s home, Hampton Plantation, to the people of his state.

Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; home tours Saturday-Tuesday at 1, 2, & 3 p.m. Artisans Center, where the crafts, sculptures, and paintings of more than 300 artists (all from South Carolina) are displayed and available for purchase, with prices ranging from $3 to $15,000 (look for the hand-carved mahogany Wood Song canoes by artist Philip Greene near the top of that spectrum).

Take an Art and Antiques Tour of Historic Walterboro { 48 miles [ 1 hour, 4 minutes } Dubbed the “Front Porch of the Lowcountry,” downtown Walterboro lives up to that moniker on East Washington Street, where a row of antiques shops beckons you to find that vintage rocker you’ve been dreaming of. If shopping hasn’t worn you out, stop by the Bedon-Lucas House Museum for a taste of architecture and Lowcountry living à la the 19th century. Artisans Center, 318 Wichman St., Walterboro, (843) 549-0011, Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, 1–5 p.m.Afterwards, grab dinner at Dukes Barbecue, leaving you satisfied for the short journey home. ■ The Bedon-Lucas House Museum, 205 Church St., (843) 549-9633 Admission: Donations accepted.The revered writer drew inspiration from this estate along the rice patties of the Santee River, and the house, a Georgian-style manor dating back to the 1730s, remains intact and open to the public as a state park.From the quiet marsh to the stately live oak tree that frames the entrance, it’s easy to understand why Rutledge was inspired to write an entire book, Home By the River, about the place.Today, it’s an excellent spot to bring a notepad, a pencil, and a picnic and spend the day in tranquil, contemplative thought.■ 1950 Rutledge Rd., Mc Clellanville, Admission: Grounds are free; home tours are .50; .75 senior; .50 ages six-15; free for child under six.

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