Best Reasons for Visiting Bulls Bay Island in Charleston

If you ever find yourself in Charleston, SC, and want to explore, I suggest getting off the beaten path. I’m lucky to call Charleston home, and I’ve been all around the city and seen most of the places, both known and not. I will give you an insight into one of my favorite spots to get away. Sure, you could do the same old tourist things, walk downtown, visit a market, etc. Why not explore an untouched natural island with pure beauty? One place I suggest planning a trip to if you haven’t been is Bulls Bay Island. What a gem!

Why Bulls Bay Island Is a Must-Visit

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Before you go, bring or wear comfortable shoes for walking, a bicycle, suntan lotion, bug spray, a beach towel, a camera for pictures, water, and a snack. And whatever else you need, perhaps a good book.

How do you get there? You might ask. You’ll have to board a ferry to get to Bulls Island. There are several departure times each day leaving from Awendaw. Call before planning your visit to confirm the times. The ferry ride to Bulls Bay Island takes about 30 minutes. The captain and mate will keep you entertained with stories about the island, wildlife, and more. Be on the lookout for dolphins, birds, and more.
Once you arrive on the island, your adventure begins. If you bring a bike, you could enjoy riding around. Otherwise, walk, as no golf carts or cars are here.

Depending on how long you plan on staying, I suggest starting the trip to Boneyard Beach. This is my favorite part of the island. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen; if you are a professional or novice photographer, you will take countless pictures here. The actual boneyard beach is what’s left of a forest that the ocean and beach have overtaken. What’s left is beautiful and unique.

Enjoy the island’s natural beauty on your way to or from Boneyard Beach. Stop, don’t move, take a moment to be still, be calm, and listen. You’ll hear no car traffic, music, or construction noise. Enjoy the sound of nature, the birds, the insects, the waves crashing.

Natural Habitats of Bulls Bay Island, Charleston

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They say there are 293 species of birds, in addition to the alligators, bald eagles, bobcats, dolphins, and more. And don’t forget the mosquitos. Do not forget to bring bug spray, depending on the time of year you visit.

Around 16 miles of trails go in and around the island, with 7 miles of beach. A normal visit for me is all day; you won’t see everything during this time. I’m sure you’ll want to go back to see more.

If you like beachcombing and collecting shells, this is the place to go. Be sure to bring a bag to put them in. What are you waiting for? Get out and see Bulls Bay Island. A gem just minutes north of Charleston.

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