Walking on Sullivan’s Island from Station 18

Every time we visit Charleston, South Carolina I have to go to the beach. Summer, winter, sun, rain- I don’t care. I have to go.

I love going to Sullivan’s Island because it is close to my parent’s house and is smaller than Isle of Palms. The surf is calmer and its got a slower vibe than IOP. Also, there is a cool swinging bridge. If you need to get somewhere it can be inconvenient, but if you are on island time it is fun to see!

View of the Ben Sawyer Memorial Bridge swung open to allow a boat pass through.  In the foreground is a row of cars queuing up to go over the bridge.
Bridge with cars passing on it and an American flag waving on top.

Normally we head to Station 26 where we lived when my family first moved to South Carolina. It is also where Patrick proposed to me.

This trip we parked at Station 18. Unlike most stations on Sullivan’s where you park on the side of the road, there were actually places to park- including handicapped parking. The Station 18 beach access point has a boardwalk. It was nice to be able to walk on solid ground instead of sand to get to the beach because soft sand is so exhausting to walk on. That said, the boardwalk was really LONG! It is probably a quarter mile long. Patrick ended up giving me a piggy back ride until we got to the sand.

It is a pretty walk through trees.

View of the boardwalk in the middle of trees with a welcome sign on the right hand side.
Wooden boardwalk with a metal pipe railing with trees on either side.

Toward the end you have to go uphill, but all the beach access points are like that on this island.

This picture shows the end of the ramp where the railing meets the sand.  It goes uphill  and there is sea grass on either side of the path.

The Sullivan’s Island lighthouse is close by

Depending on the tide the water could be close up like it was this day, or rather far out. When it is low tide there are fun tidal pools to wade through. Often at low tide you can find sand dollars.

View from the top of the path to get to the beach.  Kerry is dressed in black at the end of the railing on the left hand side.  Sea grass is on the right and the ocean is in the background.
A basic beach photo, some sea grass on the lower left hand side, sand in the middle, and the ocean in the background
Picture of a large log of driftwood on the sand with waves from the beach in the background
Basic photo of a beach, mostly sand.

Station 18 is near the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse.

This is a photo of the  green station 18 sign on the left hand side, with sea oats from the dunes in the middle and in the background is the black light house.

We spotted a tug boat pulling a ship.

There are a lot of grey tones in this photo. There is a small corner of sand on the right lower corner, with water breaking on the shore.  In the far ground there is a ship on the left with a tug boat pulling it on the right.

The day was a bit grey and windy, but regardless of weather the beach will always be my happy place.

Author: Oh yes she cane!

My name is Kerry and I love swimming, hiking, working out in general, travelling, shopping, baking, and reading. Some of those loves are a bit tricky to perform thanks for my rare nerve disease- hereditary spastic paraparesis. No worries though as I have a super handy cane, hiking poles, and amazing friends that help me along the way! I hope to share with you a bit about my life, inspire you to live yours to fullest, and hopefully, if needed, motivate you to get whatever assistance will help you to do so!

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