Garris Landing, formerly known as Moores Landing, is at the south end of Road 1170, which may be signed as Bulls Island Road, Garris Landing Road, or Moores Landing Road. Road 1170 starts at Road 584, See Wee Road and goes south for 1.7 miles to the landing.
To reach Road 1170 from Charleston go north on US 17 for about 17 miles. Here turn right (east) onto Road 584, See Wee Road, and continue for 2.5 miles.
To reach Road 1170 from Georgetown go south on US 17 for about 36 miles to south end of Road 432, Doar Road. (Doar Road is a loop road. You will reach the north end of Doar Road about 33 miles from Georgetown). Turn left (south) onto Doar Road and then, after 0.2 miles, turn right onto Road 584, See Wee Road. Follow See Wee Road for 3.9 miles to Road 1170.
Birds to look for
Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-necked Grebe (w), Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Cattle Egret (s), Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (s), White Ibis, Wood Stork, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Merlin (w), Peregrine Falcon (w), Clapper Rail, Black-bellied Plover, Wilson's Plover (s), Semipalmated Plover, American Oystercatcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper (spring, fall), Willet, Spotted Sandpiper (w), Whimbrel (spring, fall), Marbled Godwit (w), Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Dunlin (w), Short-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull (w), Herring Gull (w), Gull-billed Tern (s), Caspian Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern (s), Common Tern (spring, fall), Forster's Tern, Least Tern (s), Black Skimmer, Cave Swallow (fall), Painted Bunting (s)
Garris Landing is the only part of Cape Romain NWR that is on the mainland. It is best known at the spot where you take the ferry to Bulls Island, but it is a first-rate birding destination in its own right. There is a long dock which allows you to get over 100 yards out into the salt marshes and mudflats to look for birds. It is one of the best places in South Carolina to view Marbled Godwits in fall or winter, or American Oystercatchers any time of year.
One of the last places where Bachman's Warbler was definitely seen was along the road to this landing in the 1960's. Other rarities seen here include American White Pelican, Common Ground-Dove, Western Kingbird and Long-billed Curlew.