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Charleston Kayak Company
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Charleston Kayak Company offers access to some of the most scenic waterways in the Charleston area. Naturalist guided kayak tours and rentals are offered year-round from the grounds of historic Middleton Place. Immerse yourself in the rich history...more
4290 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414-7200
+1 843-628-2879
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide, naturalist Will, was terrific - very knowledgeable and interesting, and also a good kayak teacher (we had one newbie kayaker in our group of five women). The kayaks were comfortable and maneuverable touring kayaks, the day was beautiful and the Ashley River so...More

Thank Kathleen M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Luke took us out for a morning tour. It was lovely and two hours flew by. We are beginners for sure and he was very patient. Absolutely would recommend.

Thank Rachel S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kayaked the Ashley River with Charleston Kayak Company and Charleston Waterkeeper -- it was an amazing opportunity to learn more about the conservation efforts happening in Charleston and about the Ashley River. The guides were knowledgeable and energetic. Thank you for an amazing experience!

Thank Angela R
Reviewed October 1, 2018

All of the reviews of Luke are absolutely true. He is wonderful guide, he knows the history of the area and can identify everything you will see on the water. We had so much fun exploring the small channels along the river and testing some...More

Thank steelernationmember
Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

We scheduled our trip in the afternoon. It was supposed to be sunny, but it was drizzly and overcast. We went anyway. Luke told us this was one of the best times to go because the water was like glass and it was pretty. We...More

Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed September 24, 2018

Did the blackwater tour last year, returned to do the marsh this year. Both times were with Luke, who was knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend this tour to anyone. You go at your own pace, and the tour guide answers any questions and points...More

Thank Kelly Elaine A
Reviewed September 13, 2018

wonderful experience, knowledgeable naturalist (Luke), thorough safety and technique refresher helped us a lot, tour is at your own pace.

Thank DonNjen G
Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

This is our second time using them! Will was very knowledgeable and a great kayaking guide. Incredible trip.

Thank Amah R
Reviewed August 31, 2018

The Ashley River Twilight Tour through the Charleston Kayak Company was exceptional in every way! Our guide, Luke, was very knowledgeable about the river and its history. The tour taking place at sunset made it unique and exciting. The entire experience exceeded my expectations!

Thank Marian Y
Reviewed August 30, 2018

We were a little confused on how to get to the kayak area because you must stop at the Middleton Inn to have them open the gate for you, but once we figured that out we had a great time. We got our gear and...More

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Adilah A
May 27, 2018|
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Response from pmoments | Reviewed this property |
We saw a rat snake rest up in a tree.
October 5, 2017|
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Response from BftTraveler | Reviewed this property |
Our guide explained that only baby or juvenile alligators live in the swamp; it provides protection for them. Once they get bigger, alligators prefer to sun in the wider, open spaces around rivers and marshes.
April 17, 2016|
Response from dmp37 | Reviewed this property |
There are some when you first get in the kayak from the dirt road, but after you launch there is no issue. They provide bug spray, but I didn't use it and had no problem. The mosquitoes don't breed in this swamp water so... More