The Islands surrounding Charleston, Information, photos, guide

Explore the islands of Charleston, S.C.

Be sure to isit the islands that surround Charleston
James Island, Johns Island, Sullivans Island
Kiawah Island,Isle of Palms

Patricia Blackstock

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If you're planning to visit Charleston, don't forget the many islands thayt surround it!

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My husband and I live in Myrtle Beachm, and we visit Charleston severasl times a year. When exploring the islands that surround 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 our extended weekend over the Christmas Holiday. This includes photos of the "drive-through" hoilday lights, featured on Johns Island.

What will you see when you visit
the islands that surround 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 Thr oldedt 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 smart phone or camer!) 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 are proud of this landmark and will be happy to point you in the righ direction.

John's Island is west of the Charleston peninsula, and it serves as a gateway to 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 bringsneighborhood shopping to the islands of Kiawah, Seabrook, and John's Island. Newton Farms (owned by Piggly Wiggly a grocery store chain where we enjoyed a delicious lunch.)

Sullivan's Islandis a barrier island. It 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. It 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 kinds of weather including hurricanes.

James Island is home to the most historic S.C.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 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 public areas. Fees apply. Check the website.

Isle of Palms is just above Sullivan's Island and it offers a rich history of significance during the Civil War. It serves as the point of departure to the CSS Hunley, the first submarine to sink the enemy vessel. Isle of Palms offers six miles of white, sandy beaches, loved by locals and toourists alike, and we always atop 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 names "National Marina of the Yeart" (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 longest 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 Myrtle Beach. My Edisto Island photos are here. Edisto is quiet manily island.   The first known occupants were the Edisto Indians. The Spanish aeeived in the 1500s, followed by the English. Make it a day trip or spenad a night at this family beach.

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