Bull Island

Charleston, South Carolina 29406

Bull Island

Bull Island Professional Review and Guide

"A day's hike through forest and wetlands and along beaches on a barrier island. Expect alligators and an infinite variety of birds. Bull Island is a major component of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Accessible only by boat, it is remote and permanently sheltered from development. It is not sheltered from the elements, however.

The storm surge from Hurricane Hugo in 1989 washed completely over the island. Nature will need centuries to repair the damage to the island’s glorious maritime forest of loblolly pine and live oak. And nature will get the chance, because refuge managers have decided to let the island recover at its own pace."

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Boat access-only 5000 acre barrier island with beautiful salt water marshes, wide sandy beach and lots of birds and other wildlife viewing opportunities including alligators in and around the fresh water bodies. Very few people since it's boat access only. Many trails to choose from. We spend all day and hike the outer loop, go to boneyard beach and hang out on the sandy beach and then return to the boat landing through the interior passage for an overall day hike of about 9 miles. The ferry is a bit pricey but it's worth it. Great interpretive overview on the boat by marine biologists.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Late Fall, winter, early spring
Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center , 5821 US Highway 17 North, Awendaw, SC 29429; (843) 928-3368.
Local Contacts
Available at Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center and from Coastal Expeditions (ferry operator); Sewee Bay and Bull Island USGS quads.
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Sep 2018