Oak Island/Folly River

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Paddling the Folly River to Oak Island is a really great way to spend the day.

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Logan Waddell

Destination Distance From Downtown

10.1 miles


2 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

2 hours to all day



Dog Friendly


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Paddling the Folly River over to Oak Island is a very enjoyable way to spend the day, and one of the best ways to explore the deep marsh between Folly Beach and James Island. Oak Island is a small residential community, and a popular destination for kayakers in this area. When you approach the island you will paddle into some skinny water that will give you the opportunity to see what goes on below the surface. It will also deter motor/jet boats that won't want to be grounded in the shallow waters. 

Launch out of the Folly Road boat ramp and paddle across the Intracoastal Waterway, a map or smartphone with Google Earth on it will lead you straight to the island. Bring a meal and watch the sun come up or go down with family or friends, either way it's a great time. Personally, this ranks as one of the best day trips around. I’m sure you’ll agree if you enjoy wide open paddling through the low country. As always, Don’t forget your waterway map (available at Half Moon Outfitters in West Ashley) as well as your PFD, whistle, throw bag etc.

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Oak Island/Folly River

Charleston, SC,
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