Middleton Place Kayaking


Nature, History, Adventure

middleton_place_aerial_smallCome visit us at the beautifully maintained properties of Middleton Place on the banks of the historic upper Ashley River. Come visit just to kayak, or spend the rest of your day touring the gardens, walking the trails, riding horses, or eating a world class meal at one of the most unique properties in Charleston. Make a weekend of it and stay at The Inn at Middleton Place for total immersion in nature and history. Whether you are an Inn guest, Garden Visitor, or Charleston local, our kayak programs are open to everyone. Its just a 25 minute drive  from downtown Charleston, to our private kayak landing on the marshes of the Ashley River. Our activities can be tailored for anyone from first time kayakers, to seasoned paddlers. We offer regularly scheduled kayak tours and rentals departing from Middleton Place by reservation. All of our guided kayak tours are led by experienced naturalist with a focus on the history and ecology of the area. We can also design private programs to suit couples, families, wedding parties, corporate groups, and school groups. Please contact us with your questions, or to book your event today! Click here for answers to some of the more Frequently Asked Questions regarding our activities at Middleton Place, or scroll down for more information on the different activities offered.


The Marsh at Middleton  Kayak Tour



ArTourlg  The Inn at Middleton Place serves as our departure point for kayaking the historic upper Ashley River and its winding brackish water creeks. Thanks to a designation as a State Scenic River Corridor, this stretch of tidal marsh provides a unique glimpse into the past, and a sense of solitude often hard to find these days. On this 2 hour event, our naturalist guides will provide interpretation about the diverse flora and fauna, and rich cultural history of the Ashley river. Paddle among abandoned rice fields and other historic sites with wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the year. Our small group sizes and professional guides insure a quality kayak tour experience you will not soon forget!



Blackwater Cypress Swamp Kayak Tour



Swamp Kayak Tours are expected to begin December 26th 2016 and run through May 1st 2017
On this truly unique guided kayak tour, we will wander through a maze of towering bald cypress and tupelo trees that dominate the blackwater swamps of South Carolina. Kayaks are the perfect vessel for exploring the vast 1,100 acre private bottomland forest wilderness area. Your naturalist guide will share a wealth of knowledge about the rice industry, unique swamp ecology, and adaptive wildlife that can be found in the backwater swamps. Barred Owls, Red-shouldered hawks, otters, wood ducks, wild turkeys, pigs and a variety of woodpeckers are just a few of the species that make their home here. This trip has a limited paddling season and very small tour sizes, so spots fill up quick. Book your trip today!



Kayak Rentals at Middleton



Feeling adventurous and want to explore on your own? Our kayak rental program may be for you. Avoid the congestion and crowds of Shem Creek and the harbor. Our location provides one of the quietest on-water experiences you can have for kayak rentals in Charleston. Choose from one of our pre-scheduled rental blocks and our staff will be available to give you all the gear and facts you need for a safe and relaxing time on the water. We provide Kayak, all your essential safety equipment, and an instructional talk. Take up to 3 hours in one of our stable single or double kayaks.



Corporate, Wedding, & School Group Events

paddletalksmallMiddleton Place is the perfect venue for your next company outing, wedding party group, school group, or any special occasion. The group friendly facilities have all the amenities needed to ensure a smooth experience for your group. Our professional staff has years of experience working with groups of all sizes to provide a safe and memorable experience on the water. Whether your looking for a fun team-building event, educational based programing, or just a unique on-water experience, we have you covered! We will customize a program to fit your groups needs! Meeting facilities, wedding venues, catering, and hotel accommodations are also available on-site.


Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to get some answers to some of the most Frequently asked questions about our activities at Middleton Place. We try to be thorough to make things easy for you, but please don’t hesitate to call or email us to answer any questions you may have.