Plan Your Visit

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The photo above is a beautiful sunrise at Boneyard Beach.

Directions, Addresss, Contact Info

View: Map of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

Administration Office:

The Refuge Headquarters is located 20 miles north of Charleston on U.S. Highway 17 North.

Cape Romain NWR Headquarters
5801 Highway 17 North
Awendaw, SC 29429

Phone: (843) 928-3264
Fax: (843) 928-3803
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Hours: Mon – Fri, 8:00am – 4:00pm
The office is closed on federal holidays.

Visitor Center:

The Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center is located ¼ mile north of the refuge office on U.S. Highway 17 North.

Sewee Center
5821 Highway 17 North
Awendaw, SC 29429

Phone: (843) 928-3368
Fax: (843) 928-3828

Hours: Wed – Sat, 9:00am – 5:00pm
The center is closed on major holidays.

Points of Interest 

Garris Landing:

Garris public boat landing area is located at the end of Bulls Island Road, a right turn off of Seewee Road, which is off U.S. Highway 17 North, approximately 15 miles north of Charleston. The landing is open to the public daily from 6:00am – 9:00pm. 

Garris, in addition to the boat landing, has a 1200ft pier excellent for fishing, birding, and wildlife watching in the coastal waterway.

Access to islands in the north end of the refuge requires “beaching” of private boats. There is a public dock located on the bay side of Bulls Island. Access to certain areas is publically accessible through concession Coastal Expeditions, which launches from Garris Landing. Public restrooms are available at the landing.

Bulls Island:

Bulls Island lies nearly 3 miles off the mainland and can be reached by boat from Garris Landing. Coastal Expeditions takes visitors to the island on regularly scheduled days. Visitors desiring to visit Bulls Island should contact Coastal Expeditions at (843) 881-4582 or visit Coastal Expeditions.

Visitors to Bulls Island can enjoy surf fishing, wildlife watching, picnicking, hiking, and biking. Learn More about Bulls Island history, wildlife, and points of interest...

There are two hiking trails, the one-mile Middens Trail and the two-mile Turkey Walk Trail. Bicycles are allowed only on the island roads; bikes are not permitted on the beach or nature trails.

 See the Bulls Island information Sheet for additional information and to view a map of the island.

Designated National Wilderness Area:

Cape Romain NWR’s 29,000 acre designated wilderness area includes large tracts of salt marsh and barrier islands left relatively intact and undisturbed by humans. The only island within the wilderness area with permanent man-made is Lighthouse Island, home to the two historic lighthouses of Cape Romain NWR, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The series of waterways and islands house a huge diversity of wildlife and are great places for hiking and photography.

The wilderness is accessible only by boat and consists of salt marshes, beaches, and islands. The south boundary is located 14 miles northeast of Mount Pleasant and the north boundary is 5 miles east of McClellanville. The wilderness lies east of the Intracoastal Waterway. It is bordered by Capers Island to the south and Murphy Island to the north.

Learn more about Cape Romain NWR’s Wilderness…

Know Before You Go 

For their visit, visitors should bring:
• Insect Repellent
• Drinking Water
• Sunscreen
• Comfortable Shoes for Walking