If you haven't noticed, we live in a coastal paradise surrounded by endless waterways. Our mission is to get you on the water and experience this masterpiece we call home. Here are a few great places to put in and get out there!
1. May River | Bluffton, SC
As you're driving through Historic Bluffton, South Carolina, be sure to drive down Calhoun Street until it dead ends into one of Bluffton's public floating docks. This is a great place to paddle from as it is positioned in the middle of the May River. In either direction you'll find endless waterways with expansive vistas, waterfront homes and their docks, very little boat traffic (except on weekends) and lots of places to explore. Just watch the tides and the wind, as both may work against you, paddle smart and plan ahead.
2. Skull Creek | Hilton Head Island, SC
This is one of my favorite places to paddle on Hilton Head. Head over to the Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort and Marina located just off of Hwy 278, park at the end of the road next to the public floating dock. This has to be the most convenient place to put in and paddle out. Head over to the Skull Creek Boathouse for lunch after your paddle or over to Pickney Island to take a closer look. Cross under the Hwy 278 bridge and this will bring you into the mouth of the May River and the Calibogue Sound. You're guaranteed to see lots of wildlife on this paddle, dolphins love the waterway.
3. Broad Creek | Hilton Head, SC
Located next to the Old Oyster Factory restaurant off Marshland Rd, this public boat ramp serves as a great launch for paddleboarders to explore the waterway that cuts through Hilton Head Island. Broad Creek offers so many alternate routes at high tide, you may never use the same waterway twice. It's also accessible to Shelter Cove, the Broad Creek Marina & Up the Creek Pub, and the Hurricane Bar at the Palmetto Bay Marina. If you have 2 cars, park one at the Cross Island Public Boat ramp and the other at the Marshland public boat ramp for a fun one-way paddle...its around 4 miles, so bring water! As always, mind the tides and wind.
4. New River | Levy, Jasper County, SC
Almost half way between Savannah and Hilton Head is Levy, South Carolina. Located just off of Hwy 170, there is a small bridge crossing the New River with a parking lot and boat ramp adjacent to the bridge. Here you'll find this quiet little river meandering its way to the Atlantic Ocean. This is a great paddle to explore different vegetation and wildlife in our area. This is one of my favorite winter time places to paddle in our area, as it is usually very still and protected from wind. On a nice sunny day you'll think its the spring or fall while paddling in January. We haven't seen any, but the local fisherman caution us of alligators in these waters during the hotter months...probably won't find us here in the summer!
5. Colleton River | Bluffton, SC
Located just across from the Tanger Outlets in Bluffton is Sawmill Creek Rd. Follow this road until it dead ends into the H.E. Trask, Sr Boat Landing. Here you will find the beautiful Colleton River with loads of waterways to be explored. This river has a strong current, so again, be mindful of tides and wind.
These are just a few of the many different waterways to paddle in and around Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. If you have more to add to our list, please do so in the comments section below. Paddle on and GET OUT THERE!