2523 Boundary St.
Beaufort, SC 29906
Phone: (843) 522-3361
Fax: (843) 522-9929
Well groomed links, top notch tennis courts, and a more than attentive staff is what greets you at this gem of a club. The Country Club of Hilton Head prides itself in being one of the friendliest and welcoming country clubs, encouraging new memberships from all who wish to truly enjoy this splendid facility. Awarded the 2005 Gold Circle of Excellence, the Country Club of Hilton Head dazzles newcomers and lures back members with the breathtaking course design and comfortable unpretentious atmosphere of the club house. Parents can take a break from the little ones as the children's recreation area is available to keep youngsters contently occupied while mom and dad drive the links.
Pinckney Island National Wildlife Reserve is a large island between Savannah and the island of Hilton Head. Originally owned by a Native American trader, the land was sold to Charles Pinckney who kept the land in the family through its multiple uses as a game preserve, farmland and plantation. The island was occupied by Union troops in the midst of the Civil War, with a few small-scale skirmishes breaking out on the grounds. After a few changes of ownership and some animal reintroduction, the island was handed over to the Fish and Wildlife Service who designated it a National Wildlife Refuge. The site is also noteworthy for containing around 115 archaeological artifacts ranging from the Archaic era to the Mississippi era.
Spanish moss drapes the large oak trees that fill this park on the northernmost tip of the Hilton Head Island. It is considered to be the most pristine of all the island's parks, even though its location adjacent to the airport causes considerable noise pollution. You can head down to the water at Port Royal Sound and join the locals in the popular low-tide activity of clamming, or enjoy a picnic at one of the pavilions. It is a nice getaway for nature lovers, and a glimpse of the former terrain of the island.
There's more to Hilton Head than sand dunes and sand traps. A vivacious arts scene is in full bloom, as evidenced by the success of the Hilton Head Art League. In their gallery, you'll find a never-ending succession of exhibitions and special events, featuring both renowned masters and up-and-coming newbies. For the artistically inclined, they offer on-site classes and workshops, and the facility (and related website) also serves as a great networking tool. See said website for event calendar, class schedule and more.
The region's waterways are a marvel to behold. Whether your interest in them lies in boating, fishing, wildlife, conservation or recreation, Live Oac (pronounced "oak") will put all its resources at your disposal. That means you can tour the area on a top-of-the-line watercraft, all while wallowing in the wisdom of Live Oac's seemingly all-knowing local guides. Note that it is an owner-operated company. See website for complete list of adventure options.
In a move that all Americans should envy, the people of Hilton Head banded together and placed stringent zoning restrictions on their island. As a result, a great deal of the region's ecosystems remain untouched, making Hilton Head an ideal place to get closer to nature. The Coastal Discovery Museum further facilitates that connection by providing visitors with a bevy of interactive exhibits, programs and tours that impart an expanse of knowledge about the intricacies of Lowland South Carolina's web of eminently biodiverse wetlands. See website for event calendar, educational programs, membership info and more.
Opened in 2003, this public park has quickly become a favorite gathering-place for family groups and parties. Its 53 acres (11 of which are a man-made lake) offers amenities such as picnic areas with grills, restrooms, and playgrounds. There is also a floating dock on the park's lake, which is stocked with bass for catch-and-release fishing. Extensive trails run throughout the park, including bike-friendly asphalt paths that connect to those leading into town.
Across the bridge from Beaufort is one of the most popular sea side parks in South Carolina. Miles of beaches, marshes and maritime forests, nature and biking trails, saltwater lagoons and a fishing pier in the Atlantic Ocean offer an abundance of recreation. Visitors can get spectacular views at the top of the 130-foot (40-meter) high lighthouse is the only one in that state that is open to the public. There are also picnic shelters, campsites with water and electric hookups, playgrounds and gift shops. Admission to the lighthouse is USD2 per person (in addition to park admission). Pets are allowed with certain restrictions. The park office is open Monday through Friday 9a to 5p, Saturday and Sunday from 11a to 5p. Park hours are extended until 9p during Daylight Savings Time.
Driessen Beach is another popular choice for both locals and residents of Hilton Head. It features many amenities such as restrooms, disabled access, vending machines, and showers. It also boasts a long boardwalk by the water which is frequented by bikers and joggers. Very family friendly, Driessen Beach has playgrounds for children and picnic tables with grills that are ideal for large gatherings. The swimming area is rather large as well, with a seasonal lifeguard on duty to protect those brazen swimmers out there.
This is your opportunity to paddle your kayak through the May River, explore its tributaries, estuaries and salt water marshes as you explore where salt and fresh water meet. These rivers and marshes make up a delicate ecosystem near the coast and are breeding grounds for most of the seafood we eat. The natural beauty is awe-inspiring, filled with all forms of wildlife. You may see dolphins, any number of fish and many exotic birds. Private tours are also available from native guides.
Hilton Head is famous around the world for its meandering wetlands and pristine coastlines. Perhaps the best way to see these striking natural assets is by kayak. Paddle amongst waterfowl and dolphins, swamp grass and sandy beaches. Kayak Hilton Head will set you up with everything you need. See website for tour details, maps and rates.
The S.S. Pelican and the Island Queen - though different in size - both hearken back to the maritime traditions of old. The Pelican is a covered cruiser that holds about a dozen passengers. The Queen is a covered floating behemoth, able to haul a party of 40. Whatever the size of your group, these (fraternal) twin workhorses of the Atlantic Coast will ferry you to wherever your heart desires, stopping only so that you and yours might get a closer look at a passing dolphin.