Places Near Charleston, South Carolina

South Carolina Charleston County Charleston Charleston Area Places Charleston is located near the center of South Carolina's coast, midway between Myrtle Beach and Savannah, Georgia, at the point "where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers meet to form the Atlantic Ocean." I-26 terminates in Charleston while US 17 winds its way through many Charleston communities.

Below is a list of towns in and around Charleston, as well as a helpful map of the Charleston SC area.

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Adams Run, South Carolina
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Adams Run
Awendaw, South Carolina
Cape Romain, South Carolina
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Cape Romain
  • Cape Romain is a 64,000-acre Class I Wilderness located in northeast Charleston County. It was established in 1932 as a migratory bird refuge and is accessible only by boat. Today, it is the largest nesting rookery for loggerhead sea turtles outside of Florida, averaging 1,000 nests per year.
Dewees Island, South Carolina
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Dewees Island
  • Dewees Island is a privately-owned barrier island located in Charleston County, 11 miles north of Charleston. It is accessible only by boat or ferry. The has seen modest development in recent years, but a covenant among homeowners maintains that the number of homes will never exceed 150.
Edisto Island, South Carolina
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  • Edisto is located on the coast of South Carolina between Charleston and Beaufort. Edisto Beach is located on the southern tip of Edisto Island and is part of Colleton County, while the rest of Edisto is part of Charleston County. Both Edisto Island and Edisto Beach are named for the Edisto Indians, the area's original inhabitants.
Folly Beach, SC
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Folly Beach
  • Folly Beach is a barrier island located in Charleston County, just 15 minutes from downtown Charleston. Locals will tell you they live at "The Edge of America." The island is six miles long and offers a laid-back beach community for residents and visitors, a fishing pier, good surfing, and easy access to historic and cultural sites in the Charleston area.
Isle of Palms, SC
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Isle of Palms
James Island, SC
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James Island
  • James Island is a large triangular sea island framed by Wappoo Creek and Charleston Harbor on the north, Morris Island and Folly Beach on the east, and the Stono River and Johns Island on the west. Affectionately nicknamed "Jim Isle," it is laced with creeks and sounds ... and well known for its fishing and shrimping, as well as its ancient live oaks.
Johns Island, South Carolina
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Johns Island
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
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Kiawah Island
  • Kiawah Island is located in Charleston County. The name Kiawah, pronounced KEY-uh-WAH, comes from the Kiawah Indians who once lived here. They were a subtribe of the mighty Cusabos, a now extinct tribe that inhabited South Carolina's coast.
McClellanville, South Carolina
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  • McClellanville is located in Charleston County on the banks of Jeremy Creek. After the Civil War it grew to be a thriving community which produced timber, rice, cotton, naval stores, and seafood. Incorporated in 1926, the town has become best known for its shrimping fleet and seafood industries.
Meggett, South Carolina
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  • In the early 20th century, Meggett was a thriving agricultural community. A spur of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad ran through town and terminated at a large wharf on Yonges Island. Produce was shipped by water and rail. At one time Meggett was the cabbage capital of the world, shipping millions of cabbage seedlings a day all over the country.
Morris Island, South Carolina
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Morris Island
  • Morris Island, located at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor, is accessible only by boat. However, the Morris Island lighthouse is visible from many of Charleston's coastal communities. Today a tiny and fragile island under constant threat of development. Morris Island was once home to several families and at least 15 buildings.
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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Mount Pleasant
  • Mount Pleasant is located on South Carolina's central coast, just east of Charleston. It was founded in 1680 and is the home of Shem Creek (known for its shrimp boats and seafood restaurants) and the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. The State Ports Authority's Wando River terminal is also in Mount Pleasant.
North Charleston, South Carolina
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North Charleston
  • North Charleston is located primarily in Charleston County but the city limits also extend into Dorchester County. Developed as a planned industrial center during the early 1900s, the city incorporated in 1972 and immediately grew by annexation, doubling its population and land area within the first year.
Ravenel, South Carolina
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Rockville, South Carolina
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  • Rockville is located in Charleston County at the end of SC 700 – also known locally as Maybank Highway – which runs from James Island, through Johns Island, and finally through Wadmalaw Island. Rockville is located at the tip of Wadmalaw but is its own municipality. The village of Rockville is situated on a stretch of Bohicket Creek where the current is unusally strong. Legend has it that Indian tribes raced their canoes here.
Seabrook Island, South Carolina
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Seabrook Island
  • Seabrook Island has a history of war, wealth, sport, and service. The island was discovered in 1666 by British Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Sanford under the employ of King Charles II. The Stono Indians occupied the island at the time of Sanford's discovery. By 1684, the proprietary government had convinced the natives to relinquish their island.
Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
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Sullivan's Island
  • Sullivan's Island is located just across the Intracoastal Waterway from Mount Pleasant in Charleston County. In 1776, it was here, in a makeshift log fort at the tip of the island, that colonial forces under Colonel William Moultrie prevailed against British troops who were trying to enter Charleston's harbor.
Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina
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Wadmalaw Island
  • Wadmalaw Island is located southwest of Johns Island in Charleston County. Driving onto the island on SC 700, you can stop and visit America's only working tea plantation. The rich soil and temperate climate of Wadmalaw Island has supported commercial and family farms for generations.
Other communities in Charleston County are Hollywood, Ladson, Parkers Ferry, Rantowles, and Yonges Island.

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