Paddle Boarding

Carolina Salt is the premier river tour guide in Charleston. Discover the sights and sounds of the Lowcountry like you never have before from a kayak or paddle boarding. With 3 locations to choose from our scenic river tours are unrivaled as you cruise through immaculate marsh fields, secluded creeks and tidal mud flats. An experienced guide will lead you and the group through this saltwater wilderness, taking time to point out and discuss the local ecosystems, wildlife, and culture!

Folly River

Kiawah River

Choose Your Ride!

Paddleboard | Kayak | Tandem

$50 | $55 | $60

Folly | Shem | Kiawah

Paddling 7 days a week

Based on Tides/Wind/Weather

Length of Tour

1.5 to 2 hours

Paddle Tour Info

Choose your ride:

Stand Up Paddleboard | Kayak | Tandem Kayak

Pick your Location

Folly River:

Folly Beach has long been a go to spot for an easy going, wildlife filled paddle boarding experience. Being a larger river, Folly is filled with wildlife including turtles, stingrays, manatees, and of course dolphins!

Shem Creek:

Escape into the beautiful creeks that wind through Mt Pleasant or cruise down the historic creek between docked shrimp boats on Shem Creek.

Kiawah River:

Kiawah River is Surrounded by 360 degree views of natural beauty that includes woodlands, marsh, and an abundance of local wildlife. Very tide specific tour which makes this location less available to folks on a time crunch.

Details & Itinerary

In the first 10 minutes, you will focus on:

  • Water Entry
  • Paddle Boarding and Kayaking techniques
  • River Rules & Safety
  • land instruction to perfect maneuvering on the river before entering the water

The remainder of the eco paddle tour in Charleston will be on the river filled with personalized instruction and you will learn

  • Local Flora & Fauna
  • turning techniques
  • Paddling skills
  • Local Culture & History
Schedule
  • Show up 10 to 15 minutes early to park and get ready
  • Start times are 100% based on tides, wind, and weather
  • Typically we like to launch between 8am and 12noon
Best Times To Book This Excursion

Tour times are 100% based on tides, wind, and weather so it is best to book towards the beginning of your trip in Charleston so we can move the tour to a later date in case of inclement weather.

Where Do We Meet?

We Always Meet At The Boat Launch

 

What You Should Bring/Wear

Show up in what you typically wear for a day in the sun on the water. We go barefoot when we paddle, but its smart to bring some footwear you don’t mind getting dirty/wet. Essential items to bring is a hat, sunglasses, a sun shirt, sunscreen, and plenty of water. Wear layers in the cooler months.

Is My Child Old Enough?

Every kid is different so its hard to put an exact age on it, but typically we see 12 as being the average age where they are strong enough to paddle for themselves. Really young kids under 50lbs or so can ride on the front of the parents paddleboard/kayak. We also have tandem kayaks which are good for 1 strong person and 1 weak/young/elderly person.

What If I Never Paddled Before?

You came to the right place, our eco paddle tours in Charleston SC will start with the basics and get you riding on top of the river in no time! if the whole group are pros we will hit the water asap!

Are There Restrooms/Lockers

There are no restrooms, changing rooms, or lockers at the boat launches. We do have a vehicle where you can lock up your items if needed.

Where Do I Park?

Arrive early in the summer months to find parking. Never park in spots designated for trailers or you will be ticketed. 

Folly River has a free parking lot with limited single spot parking. Additional street parking can be found on E Indian Ave.

Shem Creek has a small parking lot with limited single spots. Additional parking can be found in the Bottles Parking Lot up the street.

Kiawah River Bridge has a small public parking Lot located on the side of the road. It is a first come first serve basis. Please arrive early to secure a spot.

Tours Led by Locals

Our tour guides know these rivers like the back of their hands. Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, our local guides will tailor the tour to your wants and needs! 

All Paddle Equipment Included

We provide everything you need! All you got to do is show up with a positive attitude and be ready to paddle! Plus FREE PHOTOS!!!

What Makes Us The Best

We plan our paddle tours to be in harmony with nature not fight against it for the best experience possible. Sometimes we will ask you to move the time of your tour; but that’s because mother nature is in charge not us. We have multiple routes based on specific river conditions, each one is unique in its own way. We want to pass along our passion and knowledge to you. Our goal is to give you the time of your life and also an unforgettable eco-paddle tour experience.

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