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Morris Island Lighthouse

Morris Island, Charleston, SC
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Ranked #31 of 103 attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Lighthouses
Traveler Description: The Morris Island Lighthouse build in 1873 is situated on a small sand bar in the mouth of Charleston Harbor .  The lighthouse originally marked the... more »
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Rhode Island
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The Morris Island Lighthouse, is far out in the ocean. You can see it from land. You drive all the way north on Folly Road, park your car, walk along a fire road, and reach the beach where you can see the light house. The beach there is very beautiful. Large drift wood and boulders to scramble on. We were... More

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

To get to the beach that fronts Morris Island Lighthouse you have to go over to Folly and find the one road that takes you there. The view of the lighthouse from the beach though is excellent. Even better if your camera has a 200mm or larger lens though 55mm will delivery the goods. The lighthouse seems, all at once,... More

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161 reviews 161 reviews
84 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

There's a big drive here to save the lighthouse from the eroding spit of land it is crumbling on. I love lighthouses. Got a lot of pictures of them. This is one of the nicer old ones and I think it only survives because it is now inaccessible. The point of land at James Island is becoming a desolate waste... More

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We did the "Storming the Beach at Morris Island" tour and what a great time we had. The Captain and first mate (Marni) were so pleasant and knowledgeable of the area and of Morris Island itself. We learned so much. It was a beautiful trip out and an enjoyable stroll along the beach. The best part was we were able... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Go early, take a breakfast picnic and stay a bit! The water rushing up on the rocks, the lighthouse in the background, the driftwood etc. is all worth it! My husband and I really enjoyed. Try to look beyond the graffiti and see it for its true beauty and history! The Simon's!

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Biscoe, North Carolina
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I are presently on our honeymoon, and since our last name is Morris, I thought to myself "This is perfect! I would love a picture of us by a sign that says Morris Island Lighthouse and get our picture by it". Although the lighthouse itself is interesting, it tears me up to see all the profane and... More

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Riverside, California
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334 reviews 334 reviews
107 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

This historic light house has seen both good and bad days. It was destroyed during the Civil War and rebuilt after the war. It has been in service and out of service several times. Save the Lighthouse is currently restoring the light.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Morris Island Lighthouse can be seen from the East end of Folly Beach. drive to the end, park in desgnated parking. The a short walk on pavement past gates. You will see ruins from old coastguard buildings. Then the path turns into soft sand, keep going a short ditance more and you will come out at the end. You will... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I love lighthouses and though this one is rather lost to the sea it's still beautiful. We arrived just at sunset and it looks so eerie out there in the water by itself. It's was a gorgeous sight!

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Summerville, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
42 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

All lighthouses have appeal. The Morris Island LH sits on a tiny spit of sand at high tide, looking like a great monument rising from the water. It's shadow covers the graves of hundreds killed in the assault on Ft. Wagner in 1863, the subject of the movie, "Glory".

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