the coastal area of the U.S. state of South Carolina, a northeast-southwest running strip parallelling the Atlantic Ocean. On its other side is the Midlands, also called the Sandhills. (Some maps, those produced in the city of Charleston or farther south, consider the Low Country to be only the southern part of the coast, but that's not what's taught in the rest of the state.) The Low Country is equivalent to what's called the Tidewater in Virginia and some other Atlantic coast states.