Part of upper Berkeley County, Moncks Corner is largely rural, but has seen some development over the last several decades. Situated about 45 minutes from downtown Charleston, the inland town is full of historic and natural attractions, including the Francis Marion National Forest, Lake Moultrie, Old Santee Canal Park, Stony Landing and Belle Island Plantations, Mepkin Abbey and an old railroad depot. While you won’t find as many big-city conveniences and events, the opportunities for outdoor recreation in Moncks Corner are vast. Aside from several newer planned communities in the area, much of the real estate is situated on large rural lots. There is also a historic downtown area with c. 1800–1900 homes available. The natural beauty and high-performing public schools attract families to the area.