The beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina, has long been a popular tourist destination for its history and culture. If you venture outside of the city, however, there are Charleston things to do in the countryside as well. With a humid, subtropical climate and some of the most abundant estuaries on the Eastern seaboard, Charleston has become one of kayaking's hidden utopias. BBonline presents 3 of Charleston's best kayaking spots.
Kayaking Shem Creek is a great opportunity to view both the natural beauty of the South Carolina countryside and the man-made sights of the city. On the eastern edge of Charleston Harbor, Shem Creek provides great views of the city. The most common destination of the Shem Creek kayaking trip is Crab Bank Island. A small sand island, Crab Bank Island is an important nesting site for a wide variety of birds. As many as 5,000 coastal birds establish their nests here, including the Royal Tern, the Laughing Gull, the Eastern Brown Pelican and the American Oystercatcher. If you love coastal bird watching, this is a great place to go during your stay at a Charleston Bed and Breakfast.
An estuary located behind Folly Beach, Folly Creek is part of a system of waterways that are a great place to see some of South Carolina's natural beauty. You don't have to go very far to feel as if you've left the city far behind you, and Folly Creek is a great place to see Wood Storks, Sea Turtles, and sometimes even a Bottlenose Dolphin. As the creek leads into some potentially confusing marshlands, it is advisable to either go with a guide or stay close to Folly Beach. One of the more popular destinations from Folly Creek is Morris Island, an uninhabited island that you can only reach by water. Morris Island was the sight of heavy fighting during the Civil War, although unfortunately erosion has destroyed many of the old fortifications and points of historical interest on the island.
Located at the south end of Road 1170, about 17 miles North of the city and your Charleston Inn, Garris Landing, also known as Moores Landing, is a great place to begin your watery road to Bull Island. Part of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Bull Island is a beautiful natural habitat consistin