South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Capers Island Heritage Preserve
Property LocationAwendaw, SC 29429
Latitude: 32.852 Longitude:-79.697
Property Type: Heritage Preserve - Natural
NO Hunting Allowed on Property
Hours of Operation
This area is open during daylight hours year-round. Camping is allowed by permit only. Permits may be acquired on a first-come first-serve basis during regular business hours M-F 8:30-5pm by contacting Rachel Milan or 843-953-9360.
Activities / Facilities
Capers Island is a classic, undeveloped barrier island located about 15 miles north of Charleston between Dewees Island and the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. The island lies about three miles from the mainland, and is approximately three miles in length and one mile in width. It encompasses 850 acres of maritime uplands, 214 acres of front beach, 1,090 acres of salt marsh and over 100 acres of brackish water impoundments.
The island contains diverse habitats supporting abundant wildlife. One may observe alligators, white-tailed deer, raccoons, loggerhead sea turtles. The McCaskill Trail, which starts at the dock on the south end of the island, provides great access for serious birders and casual hikers alike. Birds, such as herons, egrets, ibises, bitterns, and various waterfowl species are common in the brackish impoundment adjacent to the trail. Each year ospreys nest on Capers near the front beach. Eagles can also be seen soaring over the island from time to time. The creeks and marshes adjacent to Capers are alive with oysters, shrimp, hard clams, crabs and many species of fish such as sea trout, red drum, flounder, black drum, king whiting, spot, pompano, and croaker.