Sunday on the Ashley River
You think of Coastal South Carolina, and most of you immediately think of the Beach. Our Charleston area has some of the most beautiful and most popular beaches in the world, including Kiawah, Seabrook, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Sullivan’s Island. And if a beach vacation is what you’re looking for, then be sure to check out the Charleston Visitor’s Bureau beach information site.
But Coastal South Carolina has another water vista that many of you may have missed on your visit, and that’s the marshes, tidal creeks, and rivers that make our area truly a land of ever-changing beauty. Several marinas in the area offer boat rentals at a reasonable rate, for a full day or half day, and provide maps and instructions so that even a novice boater will be able to successfully navigate the river, and enjoy the beautiful marshes and wildlife that line the edges. Be careful about exploring some of the tidal creeks, though! What looks like a leisurely creek cruise can quickly turn into a very long afternoon, if the tide turns about before you do! My favorite recreational river is the Ashley River, right through the heart of West Ashley. The W O Thomas Jr Boat Landing is a public boat landing, part of the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission, and provides ample parking and easy access to the river, and this is a very popular Sunday afternoon pastime. Bring your boat and enjoy a picnic on the water, packed by Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ (BBQ pork or chicken, famous poppy seed coleslaw and red rice). Then hit the river for a few hours of sightseeing, or waterskiing, or fishing / crabbing / shrimping and above all - relaxation!
Now, you’ve spent a few hours on the rivers, explored a couple of tidal creeks, and absolutely fallen in love, right? Here’s the best news yet! Many affordable homes in the West Ashley area are waterfront homes on the Ashley River, Stono River, Church Creek, and Oldtown Creek, and many other smaller creeks and marshlands. Enjoy this peaceful video of Oldtown Creek, just behind Charleston Landing State Historic site.