Coastal By Design

May 17, 2017

It’s not by accident that Daniel Island has become known as a Top Place to Live on the Coast. The design philosophy and planning for Daniel Island that took place over two decades ago is behind what today is a place where all residents (and visitors, too!) can enjoy the 23 miles of rivers and creeks that define the island and its lifestyle. Enjoyment of the waterfront is not exclusive to those fortunate few with waterfront homes…no matter where you live on the island – on a wooded interior homesite, in a condominium in the island’s downtown, near the school or the golf course – you have access to the water’s edge and the coastal lifestyle that comes with it.

Here are just a few of the top destinations for coastal living on Daniel Island:


Pierce Park and Pavilion

One of the most scenic water’s edge settings on the south end of the island was reserved for what is now a popular destination for swimming, recreation and entertainment. Overlooking sweeping marsh views and the Wando River beyond, this park is home to an open-air pavilion that is the site of many special events. The pool is the home of the Daniel Island Flying Fish swim team, summer camps, recreational swimming and special “dive-in movie” events the whole family can enjoy.


Edgefield Park

The newest park and pool on Daniel Island’s south end, Edgefield Park is another amenity that takes advantage of the island’s stunning coastal setting. The centerpiece is The Crow’s Nest, a two-story open-air community and event space that offers expansive views toward Charleston Harbor and the iconic Ravenel Bridge.


Bellinger Island

This small island is accessible via a footbridge from the Codner’s Ferry Park neighborhood. Trails and picnic tables provide shaded spots to enjoy tidal creek views and observe shorebirds and other creatures in their natural habitat. It is also the location of a boat ramp and crabbing dock on Beresford Creek that is accessible to residents.


Great Oak Park

This small park is located on the north end of the island in Daniel Island Park. In addition to providing a quiet, shaded spot to take in the gently flowing waters of Ralston Creek, it is the site of the boat ramp available to all Daniel Island Park residents.


Scenic Trails

There are more than 25 miles of scenic trails that traverse the island, and many stretches lead across saltwater marsh, along the river’s edge and past tidal creeks. Whether walking, running, biking the trails for exercise or transportation, or just pausing on a bench, the island’s trails are one of the best way to explore the diverse coastal scenery in Charleston’s island town.