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One of the many barrier islands of South Carolina, Johns Island is the biggest, with the northern third of its land making up parts of Charleston, the state's largest city. It is connected to other counties by TriCounty Link buses and to the greater Charleston area by Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority or CARTA buses.
Look for the best RV rentals in Johns Island and prepare to marvel at the area’s rich wildlife. Populations of deer, raccoons, alligators, coyotes, bobcats, otters and wild hogs can be found here, and in the rivers, there are occasionally dolphins. Hundreds of bird species live here, too, including bald eagles, hawks, osprey, and owls. Come visit with your bucket list and rent a motorhome in Johns Island. You won’t be disappointed.
Johns Island is surrounded by some of the most sumptuous beaches in South Carolina. Take your Johns Island RV rental to the nearby Kiawah Island, which boasts 10 miles of pristine beaches and around 10,000 acres of natural woodlands. About 30 miles to the north is the Isle of Palms, tempting beach-goers with six miles of sugar-white beaches and more than 50 public access paths. Keep an eye out for playful dolphins, and during the breeding season (July to October), loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings. The beaches are in the opposite direction and within easy access of Charleston so you'll have all the amenities you need for an unforgettable beach vacation.
For that truly grand seaside vacation, take your Johns Island camper rental farther north and hit South Carolina's legendary Grand Strand starting from Georgetown, about 70 miles away. The Grand Strand is an uninterrupted arc of beach land that stretches for 60 miles all the way up north to Little River. The hub of all the action is the coastal resort city of Myrtle Beach, the state’s main tourist draw. Its 15-mile stretch of honey-colored sand, 1.2-mile boardwalk, knee-high waves perfect for body-boarding, and celebrity-designed golf courses attract around 14 million visitors a year.
Even if you don’t make it all the way up there, you'll still stumble into the nearly 259,000-acre Francis Marion National Forest, dominated by pine stands and soaring bald cypress trees providing canopy to wildlife-rich swamps and marshes. Seek out the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker from a canoe, or explore the forest's extensive network of hiking, biking and motorcycle trails. There's a campground here where you can take your Johns Island motorhome rental overnight so you don’t have to cut your visit short.
From Johns Island, aim south for Hilton Head, one of the largest islands on the East Coast, with 12 miles of beaches, a vast network of bike trails, and over 30 golf courses. Keep going for an hour more and the cobblestone streets and the historic buildings of Savannah, GA will soon come into view.
The few RV campgrounds found in Johns Island are within Charleston's city limits, so you are close to grocery stores, supermarkets, restaurants and other urban comforts while still only half an hour away from the city and the beach. Most of the RV parks are well-appointed with full hookup sites, laundry facilities, toilets, pool and on-site playgrounds.
If you're heading north with your Johns Island rental RV, you'll find plenty of RV parks along the Grand Strand even before you've arrived at Myrtle Beach. Of course, you’ll find plenty of options when you get to the center of all the action, too. At the Francis Marion National Forest, experience camping in the company of wildlife in Buck Hall Recreation Area. Drinking water, warm-water showers, water spigots and flush toilets are available at the campground located on the Intracoastal Waterway, putting you close to 65,000 acres of marsh, tidal creeks and beaches.
Johns Island is best known for Angel Oak, a live oak tree estimated to be at least 400 years old. The tree and the surrounding park are under the care of the city of Charleston. The Presbyterian Church is another Johns Island pride, built in 1719 and today listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with the Moving Star Hall and The Progressive Club.
Because of its strategic location, Johns Island had seen plenty of history, all the way back to the Kiawah, the native inhabitants of the area. It was also occupied during the colonial era, and saw some action during the American Revolution and the Civil War. When you're in town in early or mid-April, try to catch the re-enactment of the Battle of Charleston at Legare Farms.
With the northern end of the island under Charleston CARTA bus network, you can find a nice place to park your travel trailer rental in Johns Island for a while and hop on a bus and experience for yourself the southern charm that Charleston is famous for. You'll have plenty of dining and shopping options in this large southern city. While in Charleston, you’re sure to be entertained by its nightlife and array of water sports, and inspired by its historic downtown and vibrant arts scene. Don’t miss the history, walking, and carriage tours. You may also want to plan your visit around the MOJA Arts Festival during the last weekend of September through the first full week of October, or the one-day Lowcountry Oyster Festival happening during late January.
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