Beautiful Lighthouses in South Carolina
There are not that many lighthouses in South Carolina but the ones that still exist in the Palmetto State are beautiful and quite picturesque.
Morris Island Lighthouse
Morris Island Lighthouse is a pretty stone lighthouse that stands as a testament to the power of the Atlantic Ocean and its currents. When originally constructed in 1876 on Morris Island at the southern entrance to Charleston Harbor the Morris Island Lighthouse was some 1,200 feet from the ocean. Today due to the erosion of Morris Island by the Atlantic Ocean the Morris Island Lighthouse stands hundreds of feet from shore right in the ocean.
The best place for visitors to view this beautiful lighthouse is from the northeastern end of Folly Island which can be reached at the end of East Ashley Road out of the town of Folly Beach, South Carolina about 15 miles south of Charleston. At 161 feet in height Morris Island Lighthouse just misses making the list of the 10 Tallest Lighthouse in the United States.
Cape Romain Lighthouses
There are two brick lighthouses built close together located in the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge on Lighthouse Island along the South Carolina coast north of Charleston and east of McClellanville, The smaller of the two was built in 1827 and is 65 feet high while the larger lighthouse which is octagonal in shape was built in 1857 and is 150 feet tall. Getting to see two lighthouses in one location is great fun for lighthouse lovers but to see this pair you really have to go by boat. For more info see the Lighthouse Friends Cape Romain page here.
Charleston Lighthouse on Sullivan's Island
Charleston Lighthouse is 140 feet tall and looks more like an airport tower than it does a lighthouse. It is located at the northern entrance of Charleston Harbor on Sullivan's Island where it was built from 1960-1962 using a steel frame wrapped with aluminum alloy sides. Charleston Lighthouse is run by the National Park Service which allows people on the lighthouse grounds and sometimes opens the tower to visitors but does not allow visitors to climb to the top. Charleston Lighthouse address is 1815 I'On Ave, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. The photo below shows Morris Island Lighthouse at the southern end of Charleston Harbor and Charleston Lighthouse at the northern end of the harbor.
Hunting Island Lighthouse
Located on North Beach Road in Huntington Island State Park is the brick with cast iron shell 136 foot tall Hunting Island Lighthouse. As part of a public park the Hunting Island Lighthouse is open to the public and visitors can climb to the top for great views of the South Carolina coast and Atlantic Ocean.
Leamington Lighthouse or Hilton Head Rear Range Lighthouse
Located on Leamington Lane at the 15th hole of the Arthur Hills Golf Course at the Palmetto Dunes Resort on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina is the 90 foot tall cast iron skeleton tower Leamington Lighthouse which is also known as the Hilton Head Rear Range Lighthouse. Built in 1879-1880 this lighthouse is open to the public today by getting a pass at the guard shack and visitors can climb the 112 steps to the top only after obtaining special permission from the Greenwood Development Corp. Call 843-785-1106 for more info. To see a photo of the lighthouse look here.
Georgetown Lighthouse on North Island
Georgetown Lighthouse stands 87 feet high and is located at the north entrance to Winyah Bay on North Island south of Pawleys Island and southeast of Georgetown, South Carolina. Originally built of brick in 19812 the lighthouse suffered damage during the Civil War and was rebuilt and repaired in 1867. Today Georgetown Lighthouse is owned by the State of South Carolina and the grounds are open to the public but the tower is not. To get close to the lighthouse visitors need to go by boat. For more info see the Lighthouse Friends Georgetown page here.
Harbour Town Lighthouse in Hilton Head
Harbour Town Lighthouse is on of the most recently built lighthouses in the United States having being built using private funds in 1970. At 90 feet in height the Harbour Town Lighthouse majestically towers over the Marina at the Sea Pines Plantation Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Though privately owned the Harbour Town Lighthouse is open to the public and visitors can climb to the observation deck for fantastic views of Hilton Head and the Harbour Town Golf Links where the PGA Tour event the Verizon Heritage Golf Tournament is played annually.
Image Source (View from observation deck of Harbour Town Lighthouse)
For more see 10 Tallest Lighthouses in the United States