Colleton County is situated in the southeastern portion of the state of South Carolina about 40 miles from Charleston and 65 miles north of Savannah, Georgia. The county's 1049 square mile area is bordered by the beautiful Edisto and Combahee rivers which flow into St. Helena Sound. Edisto Beach was annexed into the county in March, 1975. The area's population is approximately 36,800. The city of Walterboro is a major stop on Interstate 95, the most important north-south corridor for the eastern United States. Interstate 26, which connects Charleston and Asheville, North Carolina, is only 32 miles away, and these two interstate highways allow convenient access to the entire Southeast. The city's retail trade facilities and support services are more than adequate. A wide range of goods and general merchandise are available to resident consumers in the central business district, located in the heart of Walterboro, as well as in two conveniently located shopping centers. The city of Walterboro has well-equipped police and fire departments and excellent medical services. Award winning Colleton Regional Hospital is located within the city limits of Walterboro. In addition, the Veterans Hospital, Roper Medical Center, and the Medical University Hospital, located in nearby Charleston, offer the most advanced medical treatment in the country. Because of the moderate-mild climate, the people of Colleton County enjoy outdoor sports and activities throughout the entire year. The land surrounding the city is blessed with forests and vast quantities of water, providing some of the best hunting and fishing to be found anywhere in the U.S. The Walterboro-Colleton Recreation Commission and Arts Council offer a wide variety of activities ranging from cultural arts to athletics for all members of the community. The Rice Festival, South Carolina Artisans Center, and historical sites attract many visitors to the area annually. Other attractions include The ACE Basin, Bear Island, and Edisto Beach.