5 Outdoor Activities to Do on Johns Island, S.C.

boat-913576_960_720Located in South Carolina’s Charleston County, Johns Island is the state’s largest island and the 4th largest on the East Coast of the U.S. Named for historic Saint John parish in Barbados, the island encompasses 84 square miles and its population is approximately 14,000. Johns Island history includes significant roles in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars due to its proximity to the Confederate stronghold city of Charleston, which over time has annexed roughly 1/3 of the island into its city limits. Native wildlife and fauna are in abundance, especially among the surrounding marshlands and rivers, most notably in shellfish and dolphins. A popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts, Johns Island also offers plenty of other fun-filled outdoor activities for visitors.

Highly praised reenactments of the Battle of Charleston (Revolutionary War) and the Battle of Bloody Bridge (Civil War) are popular annual events where visitors can also experience life from the 18th and 19th centuries, with lots of exhibits featuring the local culture, food and music of those historic bygone eras.

Another “must-see” attraction is the famous Angel Oak. Estimated to be between 400-1500 years old, this sprawling live Southern Oak tree reaches 65 feet in height and has a circumference approaching 28 feet, with branches extending well over 100 feet. Angel Oak has survived devastating storms to survive as one of the area’s most iconic landmarks and provides a perfect setting for afternoon picnics.

For ocean-loving adventurers, Holy City Sailing at the islands’ Bohicket Marina offers a wide variety of sailing activities including professional lessons, cruises (morning, afternoon, sunset, overnight), as well as charters for all sizes of groups, corporate events and special occasions. The view of picturesque Charleston from aboard a luxurious sailboat is an unforgettable experience.

Johns Island Farmers Market (open every Saturday) provides a unique shopping and browsing adventure, tailor-made for eco-friendly organically-grown vegetable lovers, plus a variety of local food vendors, arts and crafts and music.

For yet another fun and family-friendly experience, the Water Dog Paddle Co. caters to adventurers who are seeking a more interactive, “hands-on” type of outdoor activity. Specializing in stand-up paddle boarding, the Water Dog guides participants through the region’s salt marshes and inland waterways. Offering lessons, solo or group excursions, paddle rentals and sales, an absolute “can’t miss” Johns Island must include one of the Water Dog’s popular guided paddle tours among friendly dolphins.

About the Author: Natalie is a guest contributor from Pam Harrington Exclusives, offering real estate and vacation rentals near Johns Island, on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands.

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