We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“If you admire/love lighthouses, don't miss this one”

Morris Island Lighthouse
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Morris Island Lighthouse Eco-Cruise
Ranked #22 of 248 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Reviewed November 6, 2011

I could understand if you're not much into lighthouses how making a special trip to see Morris Island Lighthouse might be considered disappointing. You cannot actually go into it or even go right up to it - it is located just off the beach and is currently undergoing restoration (or raising money for the next phase). BUT, I loved it! If you're out to Folly Beach anyway, it's worth the short drive to one end of the barrier island to go see it. It's free, so not much risk involved. You have to park at the end of the road, kind of in a cul-de-sac. Then it's a short walk on a paved road/path that ends and becomes sand for the last few steps. The walk is maybe @1/4 mile, maybe a little more. The beach is a pretty little stretch of sand, rocks, and sea grass that makes for pretty pictures. There is an information paper located in a clear box (much like a realtor's box) at the parking area - it has historical facts about the lighthouse and also has information about how you can donate money to save the light.

2  Thank HawaiianHercules
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (319)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
All reviews
"light house"
in 33 reviews
"folly beach"
in 91 reviews
"morris island"
in 42 reviews
"low tide"
in 15 reviews
"sand dunes"
in 6 reviews
"short hike"
in 4 reviews
"nice beach"
in 4 reviews
"paved path"
in 4 reviews
"nice walk"
in 17 reviews
"sand bar"
in 4 reviews
"off shore"
in 5 reviews
"charleston outdoor adventures"
in 5 reviews
"sand dollars"
in 8 reviews
"bug spray"
in 5 reviews
"boat tour"
in 4 reviews
"civil war"
in 4 reviews
in 8 reviews

299 - 303 of 319 reviews

Reviewed June 1, 2011

We took the tour with Gresh, thanks to Kevin at the Charleston Courtyard by Marriott. Gresh's knowledge and keen eye for the wildlife and ecology of the area was amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed our ride to the island and the wildlife viewing along the way. Once on the island, with the local families who were there celebrating Memorial Day weekend, we walked all around, floated in the water and emptied our cooler. We found some great shells and it was really cool to be able to walk out so far in such shallow water. Gresh picked up back up and on our way back in we saw a family of dolphins with a baby. Absolutely fabulous time!

2  Thank MathisTornos
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 14, 2011

We took the Boat Tour with Gresh, to Morris Island, it was a fun, educating tour. Gresh is a 7 generation Charlestonian, who has personal family stories, of the history of Charleston.
The Island is now a large SandBar, we collected 8 Sand Dollars and were educated by Gresh on all the wildlife we saw, even a baby dolphin, and shark along the way.
Great Trip

Fred & Cindi Creutzer

3  Thank bigfred1963
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 24, 2010

I say "tie" because Middleton Place was as exceptional as Morris Island Lighthouse. We were set up on a tour with Gresh by Kevin, the concierge at HI Historic District. He took us out on his little boat at 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning, which sounds WAY too early but was actually perfect. At that time in the morning NO ONE was on the island--we had the whole place to ourselves. We saw lots of birds, dolphins, seashells, jellyfish and even a horseshoe crab. We had about an hour there and that was plenty of time to take in the peaceful beauty of the lighthouse. It was a great experience, and we definitely recommend!

6  Thank AndrewAndNatalie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed June 23, 2010

We took a two hour boat tour from Folly Island to Morris Island. Cpt Randy Smith was our tour guide and there is room for 6 on his 22 ft boat. He had an iced cooler ready to go for our beverages (no restroom facilities on the boat or on Morris Island). We met at the boat launch on the right of the main road, the first right turn upon arriving on the island.

Our ride took us to the east end of Folly Island along the Folly River. Folly Island faces more south than east. Capt Randy pointed out key waterbirds, like herons, egrets and osprey. We also saw bottlenose dolphin and learned much about the oyster beds.

Upon reaching Morris Island, we were advised of the best shelling areas. The lighthouse itselft is offshore and there is currently construction equipment next to the light (part of efforts to save the light). This did not diminish our experience at all. Another small boat was also at the island but they left shortly after our arrival so we had the place to ourselves. Plenty of pelicans hanging out on the sand bars and of course gulls too. We found good sized sand dollars, scallop shells and even a 6 inch conch shell. There is no vegitation on the island so it was almost surreal. A coastal storm was whipping up the sands so we cut it short but that kind of added to the whole mystique of the place.

The island is also the site of the Civil War battle depicted in the movie Glory. Capt Randy will show you some artifacts that he's located on the island. Capt is a local and knows everything you need to know about the area. We truly enjoyed this trip and I can't wait to return to the area and do it again. Island Hopper Charters is the name of his company. Weekdays are the best days to go as we were told Morris Island is busy with pleasure boaters on the weekends. Also, the tour times are governed by the tides since low tide ensures the accessibilty of the wildlife and Morris Island itself. You won't regret taking this tour.

8  Thank Exit105
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Morris Island Lighthouse also viewed

Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina
Charleston, Coastal South Carolina

Been to Morris Island Lighthouse? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing