"Access to Cape Romain" Moores Landing by grandmaR

Moores Landing Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 3 photos

Moore's Landing is where you get the ferry for Bull Island in the Cape Romain National Refuge. Apparently there is nothing else here.

The Seasons of Cape Romain

Spring is the best time of the year to visit the refuge. You have opportunities to see painted buntings, other songbirds and warblers, as their migration peaks in March and April. Shorebirds also return at this time. Alligators can be viewed as they sun along the banks of Jacks Creek and Upper Summerhouse Pond.

Summer is a hot and humid period. Temperatures sometimes reach above 100 degrees but visitors are rewarded with the possibility of seeing endangered woodstorks, brown pelicans, young wood ducks, fledgling royal terns and other young birds.

Fall temperatures begin to cool and fall colors appear in the maritime forest. Endangered peregrine falcons move through and in September ducks begin to arrive in preparation for their winter stay. In October yellow warblers and other songbirds again pass through the refuge.

Winter is the season for hunting and fishing. Channel bass runs peak in November and deer hunts occur in November and December. Birders can observe peak waterfowl numbers in late November or early December. At this same time most of the Atlantic Coast's American oyster-catcher population is on the refuge. January and February are prime times to gather clams and oysters.

Refuge Activities

Sports Fishing - Saltwater fishing and surf fishing opportunities are available year-round.

Clamming, Oystering, and Crabbing - Allowed in accordance with State regulations.

Hunting - a refuge hunting leaflet is available to inform you about the deer, rail and raccoon hunting opportunities.

Hiking - A two-mile national recreation trail is located on Bulls Island. This six-mile long, two-mile wide island has 16 miles of roads open for hiking.

Photography and Wildlife Observation: A small information station is available on Bulls Island. During a visit you may view some of the 262 bird species, 12 types of amphibians, 24 reptile species and 36 varieties of mammals that have been recorded on this refuge. Separate bird, mammal, and amphibian and reptile lists are available.


The Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. established In 1932. includes about 34.000 acres of woodland, marsh and water within Charleston County, South Carolina. An additional 30,000 acres of open water are closed to migratory waterfowl hunting by Presidential Proclamation. Bulls Island, one of the refuge's three largest islands, is the only one that is wooded. being covered with a beautiful forest of live oaks. magnolias. pines and palmettos.; This 5,000-acre island was added to the refuge in 1936; and has several shallow fresh and brackish. water ponds. By furnishing habitat for a great variety and number of birds throughout the year, the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge has become recognized as one of the most important wildlife areas on the Atlantic coast.

The bird populations on the Cape Romain Refuge vary greatly in number and species according to the season. Although the refuge fulfills its primary, purpose of benefiting waterfowl and shorebirds during migrations and through the winter season. the variety of summer resident species contributes to the year-round attractiveness of this area. The best opportunities for observing a large variety and! number of birds are during the fall, winter and spring months.

Prohibited Refuge Activities

Camping - Camping facilities are located nearby on the Francis Marion National Forest.

Fires - Prohibited due to potential fire hazards.

Weapons - Prohibited on refuge lands except during open hunting seasons and in open hunt areas.

Pets - Not allowed on refuge islands or the pier at Moores Landing.

Collection - Taking of any items, including items of antiquity is prohibited.

Littering - Please take your litter home and dispose of properly.

  • Last visit to Moores Landing: Nov 2003
  • Intro Written Feb 15, 2004
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