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Hilton Head Island Parks

Hilton Head boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast and has recently been on many “Best Of” lists!  The beaches are truly pristine and have many different amenities to offer for families and individuals.  Choose from one of the island’s 7 gorgeous beaches to begin your perfect beach day...with most featuring restrooms, showers, playgrounds, grills, pavilions, boardwalks and more. 

Alder Lane Beach access located at 2 Woodward Ave is the southern most of the beaches on the island.  There is metered parking for $.25 per 15 minutes.  If you are looking for a quitter beach going experience, Alder Lane Beach is usually un-crowded and who doesn’t love that?!  The beach does offer handicap beach matting, outdoor showers, restrooms and seasonal lifeguards. 

Alder Lane Beach Access


Burke’s Beach located at 60 Burkes Beach Road is a nice quiet beach with metered spaces and a long beach access.  This beach is dog friendly before 10:00am and after 5:00pm Memorial Day through Labor Day.  If you do bring your pup, this beach is within walking distance to the Chaplin Community Park, which includes the Best Friends Dog Park. 

Burkes Beach


Coligny Beach located at 1 Coligny Circle is one of the most popular beaches on the island and offers many amenities.  Parking is available at the town parking lot (entrance is on Pope across the Exxon).  The cost for parking is $4 for the day with in and out privileges.  There is beach access, handicap beach matting, outdoor showers, restrooms, seasonal beach rentals, seasonal beach lifeguards, and Wi-Fi!  At the entrance to the beach access there is a fun water fountain splash pad for the kids to enjoy splashing in (and taking some great photos)!  The beach also offers rocking chairs and covered areas to relax after a fun day at the beach.  This beach is close to Coligny Plaza so you can grab a bite of lunch when you need to get out of the sun! 

Coligny Beach Park


Driessen Beach located at 64 Bradley Beach Road is a great beach to take the family for a fun filled day of surf, sand, and sun!  There are plenty of metered parking spots, a long handicap accessible beach access with boardwalk, grills, outdoor showers, restrooms, picnic pavilion, playground, seasonal beach rentals and seasonal life-guards. Then picnic pavilion is a great spot to cool off mid-day and the playground is close by if the kids need a change of scenery!  The boardwalk out to the beach is beautiful and a great place to stop and take some photos!

Driessen Beach Park


Folly Field Beach Park located at 55 Starfish Drive is a great little beach with a beautiful boardwalk leading to the beach.  There is limited metered parking, handicap beach matting, outdoor showers, restrooms, seasonal beach rentals and seasonal lifeguards.  This beach is a favorite for the surfers!  Sometimes this beach can become crowded because it is located near hotels and tourist attractions. 

Folly Field Beach Park


Islander’s Beach Park located at 94 Folly Field Road is one of the more “local” beaches and parking is by permit only with limited metered spaces.  An easy bike ride, this beach offers a boardwalk, handicap matting, grill, outdoor showers, picnic pavilion, playground, restrooms and seasonal lifeguards.  The playground is nice and shady so the kids can enjoy! 

Islanders Beach Park


Mitchelville Beach Park located at 124 Mitchelville Road is your beach if you are on the search for a more private beach. There is parking for this beach at the park, however, be prepared for a long walk to the beach.  Public restrooms available.  During low-tide, this is a very wide beach and gives tons of space to set up for an entire day of beach time fun!  Great beach for dogs and to shore fish or go clamming. 

Mitchelville Beach Park


Hilton Head Island also offers community parks that offer playgrounds, gardens, walking paths, indian shell rings, historic sites, access to the inter-coastal waterway and more. 


Compass Rose Park - 4 St. Augustine Place

Offers a beautiful reflecting pool, covered sitting area with gorgeous fountain view, a covered pavilion with grass area, walking paths, history posters, and a statue of the modern day founder of Hilton Head Island, Charles Fraser…..walking an alligator, of course!  Make sure to check out the granite compass that actually spins!

Compass Rose Park


Fish Haul Creek Park - 224 Beach City Road

This park features Beautiful, scenic views and wonderful walking paths.  Located within Fish Haul Creek, is Mitchelville Freedom Park – a preservation movement of the first self-governed freedman’s town in the United States.  Take a rest on one of the many benches under the old oaks to read about Mitcheleville’s history and plans for the park in the future.  Kids will enjoy the dock and watching the crabs scuttle around the salt marsh.  

Fish Haul Creek Park


Greens Shell Park - 99 Squire Pope Road

This park is one of the smaller parks on the island, but it has a lot to offer.  There are two different playgrounds, covered picnic area, a basketball hoop, an old historic cemetery, and a big observation deck with an authentic Native American Shell Ring...all to take in the spectacular views.  

Greens Shell Park


Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn - 70 Honey Horn Drive

You could spend the entire day at Honey Horn learning about the rich history Hilton Head Island has to offer.  There are 68 acres to explore, a mile long nature trail, history posters that will teach about the Native Islanders (Gullah), the marsh ecosystem, sweetgrass baskets, take a shrimp or fishing journey, and view some of the oldest structures on the island.  Honey Horn also has a native butterfly enclosure and a Camellia Garden with 120 different varieties of camellias! If you are visiting with kids, make sure to grab the Scavenger Hunt Map to take on your walking tour!  Once you get inside the Museum, there is even more fun to be had and interesting things to learn!  

Honey Horn


Jarvis Creek Park - 50 Jarvis Creek Road

Jarvis Creek Park includes 53 acres of fun for the entire family! The possibilities are endless at this park! There is a 1.1 mile loop trail to run, walk, or bike.  There are nine exercise stations with instructions (get a work out and a beautiful view).  Bring a soccer ball, cloud watch, or do some yoga in the middle of grassy fields.  The 11 acre lake is stocked with Blue Gill and Largemouth Bass, so bring your pole!  There are multiple pavilions with playgrounds next to each one so adults can sit and relax while the kiddos burn off some energy!  

Jarvis Creek Park


Sailing and Rowing Center at Squire Pope Community Park - 133 Squire Pope Road

State of the art facilites with a fire pit, tire swing, pavilion, benches and swing for the perfect picture and a dock with views that will take your breath away. Launch your paddleboard, kayak or other non-motorized vehical from the dock! 

Rowing and Sailing Center at Squire Pope Community Park


Shelter Cove Community Waterfront Park - 39 Shelter Cove Park

This is the newest addition to the island and a gorgeous one at that!  The new Shelter Cove Community Park is 5 acres and offers a plethora of activities.  There are festivals and events planned all year round, a playground with beautiful replicas of native sea life, a performance pavilion, picnic area, public art, and a nice boardwalk with views of the Broad Creek.  There are also all sorts of shops and restaurants across the street.  This is a definite must see if when you are on the island! 

Shelter Cove Community Park


Xeriscape Garden - 1 Town Center Court

A small garden filled with indigenous and wild plants. Beautiful place for lunch or to stop and read about flora and fauna on Hilton Head Island. 

Xeriscape Garden


Public boat ramps can be found on Marshland Road and down in Broad Creek, before the marina. 


Broad Creek Boat Ramp - 68 Helmsmann Way

Also called the Cross Island Boat Landing offers deep water access and boats can be launched at any tide level.  There is ample parking and no fee. 

Broad Creek Boat Ramp


Marshland Road Boat Landing - 97 Marshland Road

This is a shallow access landing, which makes it great for kayaks! 

Marshland Road Boat Landing


Finally, there are an abundance of recreational parks available to serve the soccer, skateboarding, tennis, pickle ball, baseball, and other athletic needs of the community and visitors. 


Barker Field - 708 Baygall Road

This park offers a few multipurpose fields and three baseball fields.  There is a small playground and a walking path with beach access.  

Barker Field


Bristol Sports Arena - 4 Helmsman Way

Bristol Sports Arena is truly one of a kind on the island.  It offers a roller hockey rink and a skate park that was renovated in 2011.  

Bristol Sports Arena


Chaplin Community Park - 11 Cast Net Drive

Chaplin Park has a lot to offer to its visitors.  There are many fields to play soccer, baseball, and football.  There is also a playground, basketball courts, six tennis courts, and a dog park - with bike paths connecting to the beach!  There are trails throughout the park that connect all the different sections.  This park has it all!

Chaplin Community Park


Cordillo Tennis Courts - 2 South Forest Beach Drive

Two unlighted tennis courts on the South End of Hilton Head Island. 

Cordillo Tennis Courts


Crossings Park - 4 Haig Point Circle

Crossing Park was one of the first recreational parks on the island.  There are three baseball fields, netted batting cages, covered bleachers, concession stands, a playground, and a large meadow.  

Crossings Park


Old Schoolhouse Park - 152 William Hilton Parkway

This park is probably one of the least crowded parks on the island.  There are two tennis courts, a large grassy field, and one basketball court.  Pickleball played here as well as the Island Rec Center. 

Hilton Head Park (Old Schoolhouse Park)


Island Recreation Association - 20 Wilborn Road

The Island Rec Center offers a lap and swim pool, swim lessons, pickleball, water aerobics, biking groups, soccer for all ages, rowing club, youth activities and programs, summer programs and camps, youth athletics, and events all year round.  Make sure to check out

Island Recreation Center


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