A sharp, U-shaped bend in a river or stream formed as flow meanders around an obstruction, eventually resuming its original path or direction.
The direction and shape a river takes tells a story of its life and journey.
It bends, reverses, speeds, and slows – ultimately charting a unique path to where it is meant to be.
Oxbow’s inspiration comes from these meandering river formations we see across the South Carolina Lowcountry and all over the world. We believe our lives and greatest adventures are no different — the best and most memorable parts can happen in these detours. Change in course can lead to growth. Slowing down can lead to new perspective. A new direction may ultimately define the adventure.
Road travel, in all its forms, can be a powerful tool in creating these Oxbow moments. No matter where or why you are traveling, we believe the road offers an opportunity to change scenery, make memories, experience new places and things.
— J.R.R. TOLKIEN
Founder & Owner
Chet is an SC native, with roots in the Upstate and 20 years (and counting) with toes in the Lowcountry sand.
The evolution of Oxbow stems from his two decades working in the travel/tourism and outdoor recreation/education industries. He’s served as a trip planner, outfitter, backcountry guide, naturalist, and educator to thousands of people seeking an unforgettable adventure in some of the most beautiful locations on earth — and he’s stoked to share the next one with you.
Chet holds degrees from Virginia Tech and Clemson University and lives in Charleston with his wife Claire, their daughter Elsie and their hound dog RoundO.
Favorite places to play: in the ocean surfing, on the trail hiking, in the water paddling, in the garden weeding.
Favorite places to drive: Lowcountry backroads, fire roads in Western NC, Skyline Drive in VA, Denver to Santa Fe, Park City to Moab, Portland OR to Cannon Beach, the coast of Maine.
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