AFTER 11 GREAT YEARS, WE HAVE DECIDED TO END OUR KAYAK TOURS AND RENTALS AT MIDDLETON PLACE. WE STILL OPERATE OUR SEASONALLY AVAILABLE BLACKWATER CYPRESS SWAMP TRIPS AT THE ADJACENT PROPERTY, THE WOODLANDS NATURE PRESERVE! CHECK BACK SOON FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR GETTING ON THE WATER!
Escape the hustle and bustle of downtown, and experience one of the best kayak tours in Charleston. The Ashley River is one of the most significant river systems to the history of Charleston South Carolina, and it looks very much like it did hundreds of years ago. Our guided kayak tours depart from our private access along the banks of the Upper Ashley River at Middleton Place. The kayaking tour offers views of the Middleton Place Grounds as we paddle past abandoned rice fields and canals dating from the 1700s. Our location puts you right in the middle of a 22 mile stretch that makes up the lowcountry’s only waterway designated as a state scenic river corridor. This translates into a pristine feel on the water, with very little development or boat traffic. You will have a chance to explore some of the smaller tidal creeks that twist and turn away from the main channel.
No matter what time of year, the upper Ashley River can be home to abundant wildlife. Egrets, Herons, Raptors, Rails, and many more bird species can be spotted. Depending on the season, we also have the opportunity to see the occasional Bottlenose Dolphin, Manatee, or American Alligators! These guided kayak tours are offered year round on a regularly scheduled basis, or can be arranged as a private tour. This trip is suitable for any skill level paddler, and stable yet nimble single or double kayaks are provided.
This kayak trip is available year-round, but is a tidally effected area, so trips are often scheduled accordingly. We post many options online, but if you don't see your preferred date/time on our on-line calendar, give us a shout.
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY
See on-line booking calendar or contact for additional dates and times
MARCH - NOVEMBER
Regularly scheduled trips scheduled by tide. On-line calendar for specific dates and times. Groups of 6+ can arrange custom times/dates
18+ years old Choice of Single or Double Kayaks
13-17 years old Choice of Single or Double Kayak. Must have adult chaperone on trip
5-12 years. Must ride in double kayak with adult. Younger children permitted on private trips and rentals
Starts @ $54 pp with $324 or 6 person minimum
Subject to availability. All ages
*minimum rate subject to seasonal changes and options selected
SUNSET KAYAK TRIPS
As the days get longer and evenings warmer, dusk is the ideal time to be out exploring by kayak. We will time it perfect to take advantage of the golden hour, and creep back in as dark takes over. Stay tuned for new dates and times coming!
Covid-19 Notes for this outing
Our standard 2 hour river trip does not require an shuttle
Masks are required to be worn inside all buildings, and during the launching of kayaks when our staff must often be in closer proximity to participants.
All equipment is rotated out and disinfected between uses
Payment is not currently excepted on-site