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Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

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courtesy of Coastal Expeditions and the Bulls Island Ferry

After moving to Charleston 4 years ago, I searched for the botanists/outfitter/ferry service... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2018
Bettina H

Must see! Photographer and shell collectors dream. Back to nature! Alligator row awesome as well as... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2018
Penticton, Canada
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5821 U.s. 17N, Awendaw, SC
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

After moving to Charleston 4 years ago, I searched for the botanists/outfitter/ferry service, Coastal Expeditions, that I had so enjoyed a few years earlier. Coastal Expeditions has many offerings from SUP to kayaking to a ferry to a spectacular barrier island, Bulls Island and many...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Bettina H
Reviewed 24 June 2018

Must see! Photographer and shell collectors dream. Back to nature! Alligator row awesome as well as Boneyard Beach. Take bug spray if you are planning to walk the Turkey Trail to the alligators. The mosquitos are horrendous.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Valerietravels2
Reviewed 4 May 2018

Plan to spend the whole day on Bulls Island. The ferry trip over is fascinating in itself. You want to see alligators? Guaranteed. Birds - absolutely. Beautiful beach and the incredible "boneyard" are must-see places.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Lawren S
Reviewed 1 May 2018

Highly recommended! Visited with my 1.5 yr old and pushed her in her stroller. Hiked for 2 hrs and saw tons of alligators and birds and the beautiful beach. A pristine wilderness — gorgeous preserved estuary. The 30 min boat ride through the wetlands was...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank shermanrebecca
Reviewed 26 April 2018

very rewarding experience. There are only a little over 100 red wolves in the wild and less than 300 all together. They have several pairs and if you get there around 3pm, you can watch them being fed. They give a great presentation. Worth the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank flanman2017
Reviewed 10 April 2018

We lucked out to get a photography early morning ferry - to hopefully catch a sunrise. No sun, but we made to most of it. It is really cool to walk among theses dead trees in the dawn. Overcast days provide a different perspective. I...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Kim B
Reviewed 8 April 2018

The boat ride was very informative and of course stunningly beautiful marshes and water. The captains were actual marine biologist that really enjoyed their work; very friendly and personable. The downside is there is little to no info on the island itself. Signs were far...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Dianna L
Reviewed 2 April 2018

We are so lucky to have this Class 1 water, large wildlife refuge so close to a major town. I have visited this area five times-on the ferry to Bulls dock, via kayak to the Bulls Island beach, on a ferry for a beach clean-up...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank beverlyg928
Reviewed 13 February 2018

This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been...boneyard beach is amazing we found tons of huge shells, took great pictures, watch out for man eating bugs in summer, bring deet but spray and plenty of water only one rest room which...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank redsox14624
Reviewed 8 January 2018

Beautiful Sunny Day 3:00 pm afternoon, Captain was wonderful and it's a boat ride away from everything, except clean air and wind in your face. The beach is clean and quiet and just the hush of wind through the trees !!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Daryl M
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30 September 2018|
Response from beverlyg928 | Reviewed this property |
The Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge is accessible only by boat. It doesn't have an entrance gate like you would imagine at a place reachable by road. It is a series of marshy islands, the largest of these being Bulls Island... More
6 November 2016|
Response from steve49022 | Reviewed this property |
The sign I took a photo of on lighthouse island prohibits camping, pets, and bonfires. We went in September and it was beautiful
Kimberly L
4 July 2016|
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Response from TomBrody | Reviewed this property |
My answer likely applies to swampy areas throughout South Carolina. If you go in the colder seasons (October to March), then the trees will be more bare, and you will not be treated to the magical sensation of being... More