What can you expect to see at the various islands around Charleston?
Don't miss the Angel Oak, one of the largest living trees, located on John's Island , South Carolina. This oak has a diameter reaching 160 feet, a circumference of nearly 25 feet, and a height of 65 feet. It covers 17,100 square feet of ground. Reportedly the oldest thing, living or man-made, east of the Rockies. The Angel Oak is approximately 1,500 years old. It stands in a wooded area along Bohicket Road of John's Island, near Charleston, and it's free to view.
John's Island is west of the Charleston peninsula where it serves as a gateway island for its more famous neighbors, Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. Technically an island because it is surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway, the Stono River, the Kiawah River and Bohicket Creek, John's island is protected from the Atlantic Ocean by the islands surrounding it. Freshfields Village brings neighborhood shopping to the crossroads of Kiawah, Seabrook, and John's Island. Newton Farms (owned by Piggly Wiggly) , an upscale grocery store where we enjoyed a delicious lunch.
Sullivan's Island is a barrier island north of Charleston Harbor. It is comprised of approximately 2,000 residents in half as many households. These are primarily full or part time citizens who enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of Sullivan's Island. There are very few short-term rentals and no hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, or other transient lodging. Sullivan's Island has a long military history of protecting the arbor from invaders. Remnants of the military are abundant in now privately held military housing. Even former fortifications are now single family residences. Many of these hisoric homes have withstood the test of time and weather
Jame's Island is the home of many historical events and areas. The is where the Civil War began on April 12, 1861. Nearby you'll find Morris Island and Folly Beach. You'll want to see both the beach and the Morris Lighthouse. It's a short walk from the parking lot to the point where you can view the lighthouse.
Isle of Palms is just above Sullivan's Island and it offers a rich history of significance during the Civil War. It served as a point of departure for the CSS Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy vessel. Isle of Palms offers its six miles of white, sandy beaches and is loved by locals as well as visitors.
Kiawah Island is the location of Beachwalker Park, located on the west end of the island. It offers ocean frontage and a river view, and it's the the only public beach access on the island.
Charleston City Marina was named "National Marina of the Year" (Marina Dock Age Magazine), and offers state-of-the-art amenities and facilities. The City Marina's MegaDock extends 1,530 feet and is the longest free standing floating fuel dock in the Southeast. For more pictures and information about this lovely marina, visit the Official Website.
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