Only five minutes from downtown Charleston, James Island is a sea island with easy access via the James Island Connector and because of its convenient location to both downtown Charleston and Folly Beach, James Island has become a popular residential choice. Many students and faculty at the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) choose to live on James Island because of its location.
James Island is primarily residential with a wide variety of neighborhoods and homes surrounded by grand oaks, marsh, rivers and creeks. One of the most interesting neighborhoods on James Island is Riverland Terrace where homes on Wappoo Drive (pictured) have a canopy of grand old live oaks.
On the morning of April 12, 1861, The Civil War began on James Island when Confederate forces at Fort Johnson fired on Union-occupied Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.
Today, there are many recreational opportunities to be found including the very popular James Island County Park. This amazing 643-acre park offers picnic areas, biking and hiking trails, a climbing wall, playgrounds, kayaking, lagoons, fishing and a crabbing dock. Splash Zone, a water playground is also located inside the park. Finally, James Island County Park is also host to the incredible Holiday Festival of Lights which begins on Thanksgiving and runs through New Year’s Day.
- Lawton Bluff
- Lawton Harbor
- Riverland Terrace
- Seaside Plantation
- Stiles Point Plantation