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Daws Island Heritage Preserve

Daws Island Heritage Preserve

Lowcountry & Resort Islands

Lowcountry & Resort Islands

This island contains four Late Archaic Period shell rings dating to 4,500 years ago. Twenty-three other sites ranging from 10,000 BC to AD 500 are also present on the island. A primitive campsite is available by permit. Spend your visit viewing such wildlife as Manatees, sharks, osprey, eagles, dolphins, sea turtles, and a wide array of birds during visits to the preserve. Sport fishing is another frequent activity adjacent to the preserve. Daws Island is also a featured attraction and primitive camp site for the Port Royal Sound Kayak trail, which includes a number of natural and cultural heritage preserves and other interesting sites. Camping is restricted to the area of the preserve known as Banana Island and is available with a permit. Most of the high ground on Daws Island contains sensitive archaeological deposits. Artifact collection, digging and metal detecting are not allowed on the preserve.
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Port Royal
Coastal & Islands
Port Royal Sound,
Port Royal, SC 29935
(803) 734-3916
Info & Amenities
The preserve is accessed by boat only. Nearby public boat landings include Lemon Island on Cheechessee River, Colleton River at Victoria Bluff, and Broad River at Hwy 170.