West Ashley

The part of the city on the West bank of the Ashley River is commonly called “West Ashley,” which is the City’s largest bedroom community and retail district and is home to the historic Ashley River plantation district. The West bank of the Ashley River is also the original birthplace of Charleston, as celebrated at the Charlestowne Landing State Park. A drive up Ashley River Road (Hwy. 61) is an absolute must see, as the narrow oak canopied highway is the same path that George Washington and other heroes of American history used to ride into town. The Road is also the only access to the Drayton Hall Plantation, Magnolia Plantation and Audubon Gardens, as well as Middleton Place (just over the border with Summerville) and it is known by locals as the “back road” to Summerville. West Ashley is home to West Ashley High School and several notable private schools including the prestigious Porter Gaud School. The expanded portion of Charleston found “West of the Ashley” also includes the state’s largest island, Johns Island (a third of which is within Charleston’s city limits), and a large portion of James Island. West of the Ashley is also your path to Folly Beach, Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, and further on to Beaufort and Savannah, GA. If your interested in getting a feel for the lay of the land, “Maps” in the menu bar will help you better understand Charleston and its intricate puzzle of islands and rivers.

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James Island

Many would argue that James Island is quite possibly the truest representation of mainstream Charleston culture, which is no surprise considering it is just a few minutes from downtown and forms most of the southern shore of Charleston harbor. James Island is bordered by the harbor to the east, Wappoo Creek (Intracoastal Waterway) to the… Read More

Daniel Island

The third major section of the City of Charleston is the Peninsular Island across the Copper River named Daniel Island. Thanks to the Cooper River on the west and the Wando River to the east (both shipping ports), until the Mark Clark Expressway (I-526) was constructed in the early 90’s Daniel Island was literally cut off from the rest of Charleston, and even today it has the unique distinction as the only section of the City that is not contiguous with the rest of Charleston, nor is it a part of Charleston County.

Folly Beach

Folly Beach is definitely the life of the party. Locals call it simply “Folly” or “The Edge” (referring to Folly’s nickname “Edge of America”) and it’s widely recognized as home to the most laid back beach community on the East Coast. You’ll think Jimmy Buffet must be somewhere having a margarita in this Key West… Read More

Summerville

Positioned at the northwestern edge of Greater Charleston along the west side of I-26, Summerville is a cornerstone of the North Area of Greater Charleston, and is the purest example of “small town America” in the South Carolina lowcountry. Known best as Flowertown USA, Summerville boasts stunning public azalea gardens, rolling landscapes, atypical roadways, and… Read More

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