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Harbor River — St. Helena Island, South Carolina


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Harbor River

This boat rests on the calm surface of the Harbor River. The Harbor River in Beaufort County is comprised of waters from St. Helena Sound and the Atlantic Ocean as well as its confluence with Station Creek and Trenchards Inlet. The tidal river flows between St. Helena Island and Harbor Island and also past a small portion of Hunting Island State Park.

Harbor River

Donnie Smith of Moncks Corner, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Until the Harbor River Bridge was built by the Work Projects Administration in 1939, connecting Harbor Island and St. Helena Island, Harbor Island was accessible only by boat. After road access was established, the once-isolated island became home to a 1,400-acre private community. Harbor River is a popular spot for boating, fishing, and kayaking. Public access to the river is available from St. Helena Sound as well as Hunting Island State Park.

Harbor River Sunset

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Plantations line the Harbor River and the neighboring bodies of water that surround St. Helena Island making this an important area for commerce historically with the use of slave labor. Fog surrounds ancient live oak trees dripping in Spanish Moss lending a mysterious vibe that the South is famous for, this road runs parallel to the Harbor River and ends at Coffin Point Plantation, a nineteenth-century cotton plantation.

Coffin Point Plantation

Kelley Luikey of Beaufort, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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St. Helena Island Shrimpboats

Pete Lawrence of Sumter, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Harbor River

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Harbor River Beaufort

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Harbor River Info


Address: United States Highway 21, St. Helena Island, SC 29920
GPS Coordinates: 32.398166,-80.460208

Harbor River Map

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One Comment about Harbor River

Mark Paulos says:
August 17th, 2019 at 10:47 pm

I’ve really enjoyed your photos of the Lowcountry! I’m a watercolor painter and would like to paint some of the scenes. What do I do?




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