I completed an overnight trip to Caper's Island (near Charleston) this past weekend. I put in at the Isle of Palms Marina on the northern end of the island. From the marina you can reach Caper's Island in approximately 2 hours paddling at a moderate pace. I chose to follow the Intracoastal Waterway since this was my first trip to Caper's and I didn't have much daylight to spend navigating the wetland creeks. The scenery and wildlife were the typical for the low country area. I saw several egrets, herons, various shore birds, dolphins feeding, etc. This is enjoyable as a local but would be a wonderful experience for paddlers not accustomed to the views of this area. After arriving at Caper's I selected a campsite on the south end of the island. Camping is only allowed on either the south or north end of the island. I haven't spent much time at the north end of the island but I'm told that it is more likely to swamp out during extreme tides. Remember to get a camping permit from the DNR before you go. You can get one for free by calling (843)762-5077. After setting up camp and getting my gear packed away I made dinner and tried to enjoy one of the muggier & buggier nights I have endured in a tent. I would recommend planning this trip later in the fall to avoid the heat, humidity, and mosquitoes. With a liberal coat of deet and a smoky campfire I was able to ward off all but the most persistent mosquitoes. In the morning I made a little breakfast and took a hike up the coast to grab a few shells and enjoy the scenery. The return trip proved to be just as enjoyable as the paddle out.
Wilderness Systems Cape Horn, 2 man tent, light bag and mat, etc.
Camping permit (free) required from the DNR (843)762-5077
Take Highway 26 to the end. Head towards Mt. Pleasant and follow Highway 17N until you come to the Isle of Palms Connector. Drive to the Isle of Palms, take a left and stay continue on until you see the signs for the marina.
I would recommend a map of the coastal waterways in South Carolina. You can get an excellent map for approximately $10 from Coastal Expeditions in Mt. Pleasant (843)884-7684. They also offer guided trips.