Explore the Islands of Charleston, S.C.

Explore the islands around Charlesotn James Island, Sullivans Island, Johns Island,
Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms

Patricia Blackstock

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If you're planning a visit to Charleston, don't forget the islands surrounding the city

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My husband and I live in Myrtle Beach. We visit Charleston several times a year. When exploring the islands surrounding Charleston, we usually spend a night so we can get an early start the next day.

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Here's our photo gallery from out long weekend over the Christmas Holiday. This includes the yearly special drive through Holiday Lights on Johns Island

What will you see when you visit the various islands surrounding Charleston?


Don't miss the Angel Oak, one of the world's largest trees. It is located on John's Island , South Carolina. This oak tree has a diameter reaching 160 feet, a circumference of nearly 25 feet, and a height of 65 feet. It covers 17,000 square feet of ground. Reportedly the oldest living tree east of the Rockies. The Angel Oak is approximately 1,500 years old. It stands in a wooded area, just off Bohicket Road on John's Island, near Charleston. (Don't forget your camera!) It's free to visit, and you will be amazed by the Angel Oak. If you have a problem finding the Angel Oak, just ask anyone you see. The locals will be happy to point you in the right direction.

John's Island is west of the Charleston peninsula, and it serves as a gateway for its neighboring islands - Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. Technically an island because it is surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway, the Stono River, the Kiawah River and Bohicket Creek. Johns Island is protected by the surrounding islands. Freshfields Village brings neighborhood shopping to the islands of Kiawah, Seabrook, and John's Island. Newton Farms (owned by Piggly Wiggly, a grocery store where we enjoyed a delicious lunch.)

Sullivan's Island is a barrier island is is comprised of approximately 2,000 residents in half as many households. These are primarily full or part time residents who enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Sullivans Island. Sullivans Island has a long history of the harbor being protected from invaders. Remnants of the army are abundant in now privately held military housing and former fortifications are now family homes. Most of these historic  homes have withstood all sorts of weather including hurricanes.

James Island is the home of the most historic events. This is where the Civil War began on April 12, 1861. Nearby you'll find Morris Island and Folly Beach. You'll want to see Morris Lighthouse. It's a short walk from the parking lot to the point where you can view the lighthouse. At the 643 acre James Island County Park you'll find saltwater fishing, along walking paths and picnic areas. Admission is currently $1. per person per person with additional fees for extras.

Isle of Palms is just above Sullivan's Island and it offers a rich history of significance during the Civil War. It served as the port of departure for CSS Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy vessel. Isle of Palms offers six miles of white, sandy beaches, loved by locals and tourists alike. And we always stop at Trader Joe's on the way home to Myrtle Beach.

Kiawah Island is a 10-mile stretch of undisturbed beach. It is a private community with access limited to property owners or rental agents. Beachwalker Park is located at the west end of the island. It's the only public access on the island, and you can only visit it in Jan. Feb. or Nov. and Dec. See Kiawah Beachwalker Park for more information.

Charleston City Marina has been named "National Marina aof rhew Year" (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities. The city's Marina Mega Dock extends 1,530 feet and is the logest free standing floating dock in the Southeast. For more information about this beautiful marina, please visit Charleston City Marina Website.

Edisto Beach is about an hour's drive south of Charleston. My Edisto Island photos are here. Edisto isa quiet family island.  The first known occupants were the Edisto Indians. The Spanish arrived in the 1500s, followed by the English. Make it a day trip or spend a night at this family beach.

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