One of the biggest reasons to visit Palm Key is the fun things to do here. We have on-site professional guides and artists to host our activities programs, as well as many things to just explore and do on your own. On the "Resources" section of this page, you will find links to .pdf documents of nature and history guides and other pertinent information. We look forward to seeing you on the water, in the woods or behind a paintbrush.
Kayaking at Palm Key is unique in that no two kayak tours are ever alike. Our unique location, and the junction of the Broad (which leads to the Ocean), Pocotaligo, Tulifinny, and Coosawhatchie Rivers, allows for a variety of interesting trips. We help you design the trip that is right for you, based on where you want to go, what you want to see, when you want to go and how difficult of a trail you would like.
Kayaking is fun and easy, and just about anyone can do it. Beginners will recieve instruction on safety, paddle technique and boat handling from our professional guides. Guests during summer months are encouraged to wear clothing that can get wet and bring sunscreen, a hat, a reusable water bottle (we have filtered water) and cameras or binoculars if you like. During the winter, getting wet is less likely, but wear several warm, quick drying layers, hats and gloves are nice to have, and bring that water bottle. We provide paddles, life vests, boats and other safety equiptment. A change of clothes and a towel are nice to have at the end of your tour.
At Palm Key, we are surrounded by unspoiled wilderness!The salt marsh and black water rivers that we kayak through are some of the most diverse eco-systems in the world. Your guide will introduce you to many of the local inhabitants as well as offering historical information about the surroundings. We keep groups small so that everyone get individualized attention.
If you are coming to Palm Key for a tour, the closest meal to the start or end of your tour is available for an additional fee, and we cater to all dietary restrictions.Those renting a cottage at Palm Key, or members of retreat or wedding parties, are eligable for special rates for kayak tours. All tours will leave from Palm Key Kayak Park, and in most cases will involve a short trip to our departing destination. After the tour, we load everything back up and return to Palm Key. If you have experience kayaking, rates are also available for rentals.
Call us to plan your trip!
The following are possible trips that we can arrange for you. Please keep in mind that all trips are weather and tide dependent. Please call to further discuss what is available for the time and day on which you want to kayak
1.Tulifinny Joes to the Tresle, or reverse : Black Water to Salt Water: 4 hours
2. Tulifinny Joes to the West: Black Water: 2 hours
3. Salzbarg Landing to Tutens Landing, or reverse: Salt Marsh: 2.5 hours
4. Dawsons Landing East or West on the Coosawhatchie: 3 or 5 hours
5. Trestle to Dawsons Landing: Salt Marsh: 2.5 hours
6. Palm Key to the Trestle, or reverse: Salt Marsh: 1.5 hours
7. Trestle up Pocotaligo and back: Salt Marsh: 4 hours
8. Trestle into Tidal Creeks (Dolphin Searching): Salt Marsh: 2 hours
Call (843) 726-6534 for Pricing and Planning Information
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From the time you arrive at Palm Key, birds calls are a constant backdrop. Over 250 species of have been observed in the vicinity of the Broad River and Palm Key. In the salt marsh, observe herons, ibis, eagles, ducks, pelicans, woodstork and others.We are pleased to offer birding excursions conducted by our onsite expert. These activities are great for groups and families. Please call for more information.
About our birding expert:
Dr. Dennis M. Forsythe has been interested in birds since the age of five when he went on his first birding trip with the Toledo Naturalists' Association in his native Toledo, Ohio. He recieved a B.S. in Zoologoy from Ohio University, an M.S. in Zoology from Utah State University, and a PhD in Zoology from Clemson University. His professional interests include bird songs and plagic and terrestrial bird communities. He is the author of numerous scientific papers and belongs to a variey of scientific societies. He is also an elected member of the American Ornithologists' Union. From 1969 through 2005, Dr. Forsythe was a professor of Biology at The Citadel, in Charleston, SC. Recently retired, he has been active in increasing people's interest in birding by teaching workshops on bird identification and leading bird tours.
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For many of our guests, the peaceful surroundings of Palm Key inspire creativity and concentration. We are happy to offer workshops to channel that energy! Workshops are led by our Artists in Residents in a variety of mediums, including paper, glass and pottery. Classes are available for large or small groups and include all the neccessary materials and instruction. Please see our ARTS page for more information about our art programs and our Artists in Residence. Call the office for arrangements and pricing. Return to Top
Approximately 85 acres of the Palm Key property comprise our Nature Trail. Take a walk into the woods on one of the four marked trails, varying in length from .5 to 1.5 miles. The more adventurous can step off the trails and just explore! Our trail runs along the marsh and through the wilderness. One can expect to see a variety of birds, towering live oak trees, plenty of marsh crabs and much more of the flora and fauna that make this part of the country so unique. Guided tours are also available. Return to Top
In addition to our many guided activiites, there are a variety of venues for self-guided fun and exploration. On site, visit the Mystical Park, where you can tie a wish on the wreath, walk the oyster shell labyrinth or put a blue bottle on a tree. Bring along your bicycle and explore the reaches of Knowles Island, including the old railroad trestle. The nature trail is always open to explore, and you can find great books, maps and other resources about our locale at the Palm Key office. Many of the residents at Palm Key practice organic gardening, and guests can see our vegetable and herb gardens around the site. One of the greatest parts of visiting Palm Key, is the sense of community and connectedness. We invite all visitors to participate in our community by chipping in, recycling and composting.
For those with wanderlust, Palm Key is a great base camp for exploring the historic Low Country. We are just an hour from Charleston, Savannah and Beaufort. We have designed a driving tour of some of our favorite nearby locations. Supplemental information on these and other sites can be found in Historic Resources of the Lowcountry,which is available in the office. Click on the location for more information. Return to Top