One of the best ways to experience the beauty and tranquility of the Lowcountry is from the water. Thankfully, we have many ways to get out on the water that don’t require a huge investment in your own boat.
A great way to get out on the water is on your own in a kayak or paddleboard. You can’t go wrong with one of the guided tours like with Waterdog Outfitters. But if you’re looking to explore at your own pace, we have many excellent places for you to launch from.
On the north end of Hilton Head off of Squire Pope Road, check out the new Sail and Rowing Center at Squire Pope Community Park. Lots of parking and plenty of room on the dock to put in on Skull Creek. Paddle on over to check out Pinckney Island, a national wildlife refuge where you’re sure to see something!
Another great spot to put in is Broad Creek Landing located adjacent to the Old Oyster Factory on Marshland Road. You could drive by daily without realizing the great views of Broad Creek that lie just beyond the parking lot and oak trees. The water at this end of the creek is pretty shallow so you don’t get a lot of boat traffic, and there’s a lot of wildlife that calls this place home.
If you’re looking for a great workout on the water, head on down to Driessen Beach located just of Hwy 278 mid-island. Located just behind Chaplin Park, it’s a short haul to the beach where you’re rewarded with great surf, beautiful views, and a near constant parade of pelicans cruising the shoreline sky looking for their next meal.
If you can’t decide on paddling on the marsh or ocean, drop your kayak into the water at Broad Creek Marina just off of Palmetto Bay Road. There’s a launch right underneath the Cross Island Parkway bridge, just head out onto the creek, head to your left and enjoy great views on both sides of the creek until you see Calibogue Sound right ahead of you. Word of warning here, the sound can get choppy and might be too much of a challenge for some. Once you’re out in the sound, you’ll be rewarded with spectaculary views of Daufuskie Island, Spanish Wells, and Deer Island.
Always remember safety first out on the water. Never paddle alone and let others know your plans. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen, and even though it’s easy to kayak, it’s a great workout so know your limits.
Now you’re ready to paddle like a local!