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Kiawah/Beachwalker's Park and Angel Oak Tree

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Kiawah/Beachwalker's Park and Angel Oak Tree

We are staying in Charleston next week, and would like to take a day trip that includes

a beach. I am considering Kiawah Beachwalker's beach because I'm curious about Kiawah, would like to check it out to see if we would want to stay sometime. Is it all private? Would we be able to even see it? Is there a place in Kiawah to have lunch, ride bikes? Thought maybe we could see the Angel Oak Tree on our way. Does this sound like a good plan?

Also is there a specific carriage ride that you would recommend or are they the same?

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1. Re: Kiawah/Beachwalker's Park and Angel Oak Tree

To get on Kiawah you'd have to make reservations at one of the restaurants on the island for lunch, it is all private except for Beachwalker Park at the far western end.

Check out Jasmine Porch or Ryder Cup Bar, both of which are owned by the Kiawah Resort.

www.kiawahresort.com

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2. Re: Kiawah/Beachwalker's Park and Angel Oak Tree

IMHO the carriage rides are all the same.

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3. Re: Kiawah/Beachwalker's Park and Angel Oak Tree

There are 3 different routes for carriage rides. You do not know which one you will have until the carriage leaves. In order to control carriage traffic, the City of Charleston has a "lottery" ~ when the carriage is ready to leave, it drives to the lottery location and is assigned one of the 3 routes.

As far as which carriage company? I think they are more or less all the same. Some people have favorites tho.

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4. Re: Kiawah/Beachwalker's Park and Angel Oak Tree

If you go to Beachwalker Park, go mid-week rather than on a weekend.

Since closure of Folly Beach park due to erosion in 2011, many more local beachgoers are making the long drive out to Kiawah. On weekends, people start arriving at Beachwalker very early, some before the park has opened. The number of visitors to Beachwalker are limited by the number of spaces in the somewhat small parking lot. Once every parking spot has been taken, people must be turned away.

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5. Re: Kiawah/Beachwalker's Park and Angel Oak Tree

As an alternative, you could ride out to the Isle of Palms (20-25 min from historic downtown) to that beach. Everything is public (except one area - Wild Dunes) and there is a county park where you can park and they have facilities (restrooms, showers, etc) The beach right in front of the park will be the most crowded area, but you can walk down the beach away from the crowd, or just park somewhere besides the county park.

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6. Re: Kiawah/Beachwalker's Park and Angel Oak Tree

Since you want to see Kiawah, I suggest you reserve lunch at The Ryder Cup Bar at the Ocean Course. Doing so will allow you to drive all the way out to the east end of the island. Then, wander back to The Sanctuary Hotel for a quick walk through, and move on to Beachwalker Park for the afternoon on the beach. If you have your bicycles with you, you can take them onto the beach at Beachwalker, and bike as far as you wish. You can even go on and off the beach at any public beach access.

Plan to stop at The Angel Oak before lunch on your way out to Kiawah.

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7. Re: Kiawah/Beachwalker's Park and Angel Oak Tree

Butting in with a question. Folly Beach is closed to the public? Is this what your comment means? I also need to know which beach would be best to visit. This would rule Folly Beach out.

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8. Re: Kiawah/Beachwalker's Park and Angel Oak Tree

Most all of Folly Beach is open! No problem for anyone staying at Folly.

Charleston County Folly Beach park - a relatively small area at the far west end of Folly - experienced bad erosion in 2011 and is closed until infrastructure can be repaired. The beachpark with parking, snack bar, restrooms, lifeguards, etc., was a popular daytrip destination for local families as well as visitors not staying at the beach. Now, people who would have gone to Folly Beach County Park for the day must go to Isle of Palms or to Kiawah instead.

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9. Re: Kiawah/Beachwalker's Park and Angel Oak Tree

Folly Beach County Park is scheduled to re-open on July 4th!!!

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10. Re: Kiawah/Beachwalker's Park and Angel Oak Tree

Wonderful news! Can't believe I missed that!