Hilton Head Island is a part of the Lowcountry region in the United States, in the state of South Carolina. Known for its beautiful beaches and golf courses, the island draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. With so many great things to see and do, culture and history to learn, people often forget about visiting the parks. The beautiful parks in Hilton Head make for a perfect, day trip to experience with the whole family. Here are a few of our favorite parks to visit when we are on Hilton Head Island.
Jarvis Creek Park
If you are looking to be a little more active on your vacation, Jarvis Creek Park is the place to do it. This 53-acre park offers all kinds of amenities that everyone in the family will love. No matter what age or stage of life there is truly something for everyone. From biking to hiking, and wooded areas for the nature lovers, the views are amazing no matter what you choose. There are restrooms and boardwalks to make your strolls perfect. Walk or run by the lakeside path that reaches are wooded areas, where you can experience the natural habitat first hand.
Chaplin Community Park
If you or your family are beach lovers, this is the place for you. Offering several beach access’s this park brings all of your favorite things together. They also have an area to play basketball, tennis and even a playground. This makes a good place for everyone to get their energy out, including your furry friends. Not only is the park pet-friendly, but they also feature a dog park for those to play with other dogs and explore the park. The spacious park is all connected by pathways so it is easy to navigate, whether you are doing so on foot or bike.
Crossings Park is one of the very first recreational parks on Hilton Head Island. It is also one of the biggest parks too. They have plenty of land and trails to explore and a hot spot for activity year-round. Baseball lovers this is the place for you, they have 3 baseball fields, a concession stand plaza, a playground, and a sports arena nearby. The park is near and dear to the town as it was one of the first places you go as a family and everyone has a good time while spending time together.
Greens Shell Park
Known as one of the first community parks to greet visitors entering the island, the Green Shell Park is a crowd favorite. Although it is on the smaller side for a park, it is perfect for families who are trying to escape the hustle and bustle of the island. There are two playgrounds with equipment for kids of all different ages and stages of life. The pavilion located between the playgrounds is a perfect way for parents to stay in the shade while maintaining a close watch on their kids. The park is perfect for birthdays and picnics as it has a grill located off to the side for lunch or dinner.
Hilton Head Park
If you are looking for a park that is a bit more secluded, this is the park for you. The stretch of land that the park makes up is quiet and secluded. It has two different tennis courts, a basketball court, and a large grassy field that would be perfect for baseball, kickball, dodgeball, or soccer field, and many other games. Enjoy a day full of games and competition while out of the way of the city hustle and bustle.
Mitchelville Freedom Park
Mitchelville Freedom Park is a great spot to escape to if you are interested in a less crowded, quiet beachside day. It is one of the most remote beaches on the island even on the busiest and hottest days of the year. The marsh and trees meet the beach and there are even some completely covered areas. It is perfect for family pictures or just relaxing and seeing the sunrise or sunset. This beach park is a great place for little explorers who like to dig for shells. You can find shells. driftwood, and even animal tracks in the sand.
Shelter Cove Community Park
Shelter Cove Community Park offers locals and visitors alike a lively experience year-round. With festivals and events planned by the town, Island Recreation Center, and the community, The park not only offers a playground with swings and slides, but also a performance pavilion perfect for live music, picnic spots, and a public art display. The park is equipped with restrooms, walking paths, and many places to sit down.
Compass Rose Park
The Compass Rose Park is one of the newer parks that Hilton Head has to offer. Despite the hustle and bustle of the city, this park offers guests a serene space with water features that create a calming atmosphere. Enjoy a pool with lifeguards, live music, and plenty of parking in the parking lot. The park was designed by Edwin Byrd Drane and finished in the spring of 2008, just in time to open for the summer crowds. Though it is located on the popular Pope Avenue, it still feels like a nice getaway.
Barker Field is located next to Mitchelville beach. The recreational park is complete with an open multi-purpose field perfect for family activities. It asl includes three baseball fields, with lots of open sunshine. You can layout and catch some rays or relax on the sandy shores as the rest of the family plays, or build a sandcastle and search for shells. There is plenty of space to turn one of the grassy areas into a football field or soccer field.
There are many surrounding towns that also have beautiful parks such as Beaufort, Bluffton, Savannah, or Burkes Beach. If you are interested in beach parks, there are also many of those available. Our favorites are Coligny Beach Park, Driessen Beach Park, Folly Field Beach Park, Islanders Beach Park, and the Alder Lane Beach Access. For those who are more interested in watersports, check out the rowing and sailing center.
With so many parks Hilton Head has, you could spend days and still not visit them all. Hilton Head offers so many parks and museums like the Coastal Discovery Museum, that you can spend hours upon hours at. No matter what park you decide to go to, you will for sure have a great time. We hope to see you soon at Hilton Head Island Parks.