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17 Jun 2022
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Kiawah Island may be known for its sandy beaches, but this popular South Carolina destination is not your ordinary seaside town. Discover a few secret spots that are truly worth visiting during your vacation. Explore these hidden gems and you’ll see a whole new side of the Island.

marsh view lookout observation tower on kiawah island

Kiawah Island Observation Towers

The first observation tower, located in the Vanderhorst Plantation, is named the Blue Heron Pond Tower. Climb up the spiral staircase to see 360-degree marsh and nature views. The second tower, Marsh View Tower, is in West Beach and is at the end of Marsh Hawk Lane. From the top, you can see salt-water marsh, Cougar Point Golf Course, and the road that leads cars to the Kiawah entrance. 

Both observation towers are must-sees during your trip. You'll love seeing wildlife like fish, birds, alligators, bobcats, and deer. For the best view, visit the towers at high tide.

Community Crabbing Dock

Off of Blue Heron Pond, a community crabbing pier exists for Kiawah visitors and residents to enjoy. In South Carolina, you do not have to obtain a license to go crabbing, but if your caught crab measures less than 5 inches from point to point, you must throw it back. If you get lucky and get a good catch, you could be enjoying tasty crab dip, crab legs, and crab cakes for dinner!

Naure Center entrance at Night Heron Park on Kiawah Island

Night Heron Park Nature Center

Night Heron Park is located in East Beach and has playgrounds, basketball courts, and plenty of green space. It is also home to the Nature Center where guests are welcome to see and learn about local animals. Some of the exhibits include snakes, alligators, turtles, and birds. They have trained employees to help answer any questions guests may have. 

Marsh Island Park

Marsh Island Park is unique in the fact that it truly is its own island. The area encompasses 8.1 acres of natural habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including bobcats. Off Governors Drive, you will have to travel by bridge over the marsh and follow a trail to get to the tower. Once on top of the tower, the views are incredible! 

Park by the Ocean Course

After a long walk or bike ride out to the Ocean Course, we recommend taking a seat in one of the swings at the park right by the golf course. You will see golfers heading up to make their tee time, bikers traveling around the bike trail, and friendly walkers out for a stroll. If you have kids, bring a ball or toys and play in the field.

Visit Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island is ideal for families, couples, and friend groups. Now that you know the best places to visit on the Island, there’s never been a better time to plan your vacation. 

If you are interested in seeing any of these hidden gems, we recommend renting a Kiawah Island vacation rental. Start searching for your home away from home or contact us with any questions at 888.909.8110