Johns Island is the largest Island in the state of South Carolina, located in Charleston County. This scenic town is surrounded by other smaller islands, separated by the Stono and Kiawah rivers. The unique climate next to the Atlantic Ocean makes for an area teaming with flora and fauna. This island is proud home to the famed Angel Oak, one of the largest known living oak trees in the world, and hundreds of bird species. Johns Island clearly loves their animals, because there are five veterinary clinics right in town, making pet care a breeze!
This island has plenty of ways to enjoy the surrounding nature, one of which is the Johns Island County Park. This 738 acre park is connected to the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center, and hosts equestrian competitions, festivals, and other events throughout the year. You and your pooch are welcome to enjoy exploring the 20 miles of wooded trails throughout the park. The trails wind through southern pines and moss draped oaks. Leashed dogs are welcome, just be sure Fido leaves only paw prints!
After a day of adventures with your pup smelling the salty air, you may be craving some seafood! Lokal Seabar offers a wide variety of seafood dishes that you can enjoy next to your best pal on the spacious dog friendly patio. They even have water bowls and milk bone treats!
With all of these pet-friendly attractions around, Johns Island is sure to get your pup’s tail wagging!
In the Brownswood Village neighborhood of Johns Island, you can find a great treat for you and your doggo! It’s here that you can find the Johns Island Park. This park has a lovely pond and a sprawling grassy field to sniff and play on. This is a great place to have a picnic under the tall shade trees. Amenities also include a wide variety of athletic fields. Leashed dogs are welcome to join in on the fun in this park, just don’t forget the waste bags! When your stomachs are growling, head over to the Sunrise Bistro. This bistro offers a large variety of sandwiches and a cozy, colorful atmosphere. Dogs are welcome on the small back patio.
For a chance to enjoy the ocean with your pupper, head to the West beach village neighborhood of Kiawah Island! It’s here that you can find the pawrific Kiawah Beachwalker Park. This quiet and serene beach is located just a couple minutes outside the southwest border of Johns Island. From November 1st until March 15th, dogs are welcome to enjoy the park off-leash in the section located just outside the swim area! All other times, during the peak season, they are still welcome, but must remain leashed. At this beach, you can enjoy ocean and river views, and tall sand dunes. Other amenities include restrooms and a small snack shack.
Just a hop across the Stono river to the east brings you to James Island in Charleston. It’s here that you can find the woofderful James Island County Park, under a 20 minute drive from Johns Island. This peaceful park is full of tidal creeks and trails, and activities for the whole family. Possibly the best part, is the dog park! This dog park is said to be one of the best in Charleston, and features four acres of open grassy space and a dog beach. Your playful pup can run, rinse and repeat all day with his or her new furry friends. Amenities include a cleaning station, waste station, and a separate fenced off area for smaller dogs. If you want to stay here for a while, the surrounding park also features a campground. Dogs are welcome, of course, as long as they stay leashed when they’re not within the dog park and get picked up after.
Just across the river on Wadmalaw Island, you can find another unique way to explore the area with your pooch! It’s on this island that you can find the Charleston Tea Plantation. This working tea-growing plantation is the only one in North America where you can see hundreds of thousands of tea bushes stretching out before your eyes. You can learn about how tea is made and the history of the area. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you in exploring the beautiful 127 acres, as long as they are picked up after and follow proper petiquette. Only service dogs are permitted in the shop and on trolley tours.
East of Johns Island you can find another puppy paradise! Morris Island is a undeveloped island that is only accessible by boat, about a 25 minute drive from Johns Island. This island’s secluded beaches are perfect for long, off-leash strolls on the beach with your best pal. You may even see some dolphins, or some fossilized shark teeth! For a boat tour of the island, take a ride with Adventure Harbor Tours. They offer dog friendly tours of the island, and dogs ride for free! Make sure to leave no trace, pack a lunch and bring plenty of drinking water for your and your pup, cause you will probably want to spend all day here!