James Island

James Island


Area name

James Island

Area Location

Head south on Highway 171 toward Folly Beach, turn left onto Harbor View Road. Approximately 3.7 miles to a T intersection, turn left and the gate will be approximately .8 miles ahead.

Area Map


Admission: $1 per person.

Hours of Operation: James Island County Park is open 8:00 – 8:00 in summer months, and open 8:00 – 6:00 in winter months.

Fort Johnson is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 – 5:00.



Highlights of James Island include Fort Johnson (military operations were based here during the Civil and Revolutionary Wars), Fort Johnson Point, James Island County Park.

Birding is best from August through May.

Key Birds


White Ibis, Clapper Rail, American Oystercatcher, Common Ground-dove, Loggerhead Shrike, Marsh Wren, Seaside Sparrow, Bald Eagle,  Brown Pelican, Ruddy Turnstone, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Forster’s Tern, Royal Tern.


Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Mississippi Kite, Gull-billed Tern, Sandwich Tern, Least Tern, Black Skimmer, Painted Bunting, Osprey.


Migrating Warbler


Red-throated Loon, Horned Grebe, Northern Gannet, Bald Eagle, Great Black-backed Gull, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow.