Beaches and Parks

Beaches and Parks are Hilton Heads pride. Twelve miles of wide beaches and several nature reserves make our Island special and unique.

It would be difficult or rather impossible to say whether one beach is more beautiful than the others. The major difference would be how crowded they become during the season.

All beaches on Hilton Head are public but there are only so many public entrances. They are as follows:

Coligny Beach - recently remodeled.


Coligny Beach Entrance

From all the Beaches and Parks this one is the most popular one. Plenty of parking spaces behind Smokehouse, close to shopping and restaurants at Coligny Plaza.

Driessen Beach Park - plenty of parking, rest rooms, playground.

How to get there: From William Hilton Parkway (278), while heading towards the South End of the Island, make a left to Bradley Beach Road (second left after Folly Field Road). The Park is located in the end of the street.


Driessen Beach

Folly Field Beach Park - not a lot of parking spaces. Yes and yes for rest rooms and sand showers.

How to get there: Traveling towards the South End of the Island: make a left to Folly Field Road. When the road comes to a fork (Folly Field Road to the left, Starfish Road to the right), go to Starfish Road and you will see the park on your right.


Beach View

Islanders Beach Park - available only for permanent residents.

Where is it: From William Hilton Parkway (278), going towards the South End of the Island, make a left to Folly Field Road. At the fork keep to the left following Folly Field Road. The park is located on the right.


It is Next to Westin Hotel

Burkes Beach - limited parking, no restrooms.


Burkes Beach

How to get there: From William Hilton parkway (278), going towards the South End of the Island, make a left to Burkes Beach Road. Go to the very end and enjoy the beach!

Mitchelville Beach Park - not your regular sandy beach but very private. Parking and restrooms available.


Mitchelville Beach Park

Other Hilton Head Beaches:

South Beach - in Sea Pines Plantation


South Beach

Tower Beach - also in Sea Pines. This Beach is for Sea Pines Residents only.


Tower Beach

Sea Pines Plantation Club - Beach access (for Sea Pines residents and guests) and a restaurant.


Sea Pines Beach Club

Shipyard Plantation - Crowne Plaza Resort - for Shipyard Plantation Residents and guests including the Resort.

Palmetto Dunes beaches - for residents and guests of Palmetto Dunes Plantation and the Hotels.

Westin Resort - beach access for the Resort guests.

And here are my favorite Parks:

Chaplin Community Park is the largest Hilton Head Park. You will find a lot there: several tennis courts, bike trails, basketball courts, soccer field and more!

Jarvis Creek Park is located in the North End of the Island, across the street from Hilton Head Schools. The park has restrooms, picnic tables plus grills and a nice playground.

Enjoy the lake view or take a walk following a paved path around it.


Jarvis Creek Park

Compass Rose Park - very interesting. Visit this artistic place to learn about our history and relax in one of the gazebos.


Compass Rose Park

Pinckney Island - National Wildlife Refuge.

Enjoy Hilton Head Beaches and Parks!

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