Passive Parks and Facilities


The following parks and facilities were purchased by Beaufort County through the Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program and are overseen by the County's Community Development Department Passive Parks Manager. The following passive parks are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC from dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted on site. All passive parks and facilities listed below are subject to the Passive Park Ordinance (Ord. #2018/53).

Altamaha Town Heritage Preserve

This 100-acre oak-hickory forested gem is located on Old Baileys Road off of Okatie Highway (Hwy 170) in Okatie. This property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 and co-purchased by the County and State in 2004 to preserve the beauty of the forest as well as the historical remnants of a Yamasee village and Colonial-era cemetery.

Named for a Yamasee chief, the Preserve protects the main town of the Lower Yamasee. The Preserve's greatest attribute is its ability to provide archaeological data that has direct bearing on interpretation of the effects of European contact on Native Americans. Important questions regarding the effects of acculturation and migration upon late 17th and early 18th Century Native American life can be answered from data resting just beneath the ground.

Amenities include a gravel parking area with a picnic table and interpretive kiosk, as well as a linear trail that traverses the forest to a grassy opening overlooking the Okatie and Colleton Rivers with a concrete picnic table and benches to enjoy the views and bird watch!

Anyone wishing to conduct any research or collection activities should contact the State Department of Natural Resources, Heritage Trust Program, at longb@dnr.sc.gov.

Brewer Memorial Park

Brewer Memorial Park is a 1-acre pocket park located at the base of Woods Memorial Bridge on Lady's Island, adjacent to the Whitehall Boat Ramp and Factory Creek Fishing Pier. The park offers a beautiful vista and green space in this urban setting.

Amenities include a small gravel parking area, a covered fishing pier and dock for kayak launching, and an open grassy area for dog walking, bird watching, or just simply relaxing by the creek. A new stormwater demonstration project will soon be constructed at the park to help prevent erosion and control stormwater runoff from the highway!

The County has partnered with the Beaufort County Open Land Trust for maintenance of this property.

Crystal Lake Park - TRAIL CONSTRUCTION BEGINS AUGUST 2019!

Crystal Lake Park is 25-acres of forested habitats, salt marsh, and a man-made pond located at 124 Lady's Island Drive on Lady's Island. The pond has a population of redfish and mullet, which get trapped during extreme high tides. Fishing in the pond is restricted to catch-and-release only due to the potential for unacceptably high cancer and non-cancer health risks. The full fish tissue analysis report can be downloaded by clicking here.

Current park improvements include a parking area, a covered walkway, a boardwalk, an observation platform on the lake, and "green" renovations to the Butler Marine building, which provides office space for local conservation groups. Additionally, park volunteers installed, and maintain, a pollinator garden!

Upcoming improvements, beginning in August 2019, include a trail around the lake, which will be half boardwalk and half earthen. The park will remain open to visitors during trail construction, however there may be portions of the boardwalk or pier that are closed at times. Please be aware of posted signs to ensure your safety! Stay tuned for future updates and a grand opening ceremony!

Fort Fremont Preserve - CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

Fort Fremont Preserve is 18-acres of mesic mixed hardwood forest surrounding a Spanish-American War era Fort. Located on Lands End Road on St. Helena Island, the Fort was built in 1898 to defend the Port Royal Sound during the outbreak of the Spanish-American War.

The County works in partnership with the Friends of Fort Fremont (FFF) to maintain the site and lead interpretive tours. The FFF lead historic tours at the park and have built a diorama of the Fort as it looked in the early 1900's, which is currently located at the St. Helena Branch County Library.

To facilitate the historic tours and visiting public, an interpretive center is in construction! Additional upcoming improvements will include a picnic pavilion, parking, signage, and structural improvements to the Fort. Due to the historical significance of the property, completion of improvements will take some time to ensure appropriate context and archaeological discovery.

DUE TO CONSTRUCTION, FORT FREMONT PRESERVE IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

The Green

This 1-acre neighborhood pocket park is located in downtown historic Beaufort at King and Pinckney Streets. The park is an open lawn with a mature oak canopy along the edges and is bordered on all four sides by residential roads and homes. There is no parking area and it is accessible by pedestrian access only. Permitted uses include dog walking, picnicking, Frisbee tossing, and other low-impact yard activities. Amenities include a few benches, trash cans, and dog waste stations.

The property is available for event rental by contacting the Beaufort County Open Land Trust, which all proceeds are utilized for continued property maintenance. The County also partners with the City of Beaufort for maintenance of the property. 

Green's Shell Park

Green's Shell Park is a 3-acre pocket park located on Squire Pope Road on Hilton Head Island. Amenities include a parking area, restrooms, playground, picnic pavilion with grills, and a small basketball court. The park is also adjacent to the State owned historic shell ring and Gullah cemetery.

The County partners with the Town of Hilton Head Island for maintenance of the property.

North Williman and Buzzard Islands

These two islands are located in northern Beaufort County, in the Bull River of St. Helena Sound. North Williman Island is approximately 10,000 acres of mixed southern forest, maritime forest, and salt marsh. Buzzard Island is approximately 120 acres of maritime forest and salt marsh. There are no developed improvements or trails on the islands, however visitors can walk through the woods and enjoy hiking and bird watching.

Beaufort County and the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have entered into a Management Agreement for these islands, which provides DNR the ability to conduct routine land management activities, such as prescribed burning and invasive exotic plant and animal control as well as to designate the properties as Wildlife Management Areas in the future. 

Oyster Factory Park

Conveniently located in the heart of Bluffton on the May River at Bridge and Wharf Streets, the 9-acre Oyster Factory Park is well used by visitors and the local community to access the river and is a site for special events and functions. The park connects the community to Bluffton's historic oystering past and preserves a beautiful bluff, providing a buffer from the residential and commercial development occurring in the surrounding community.

Park amenities include parking areas for boats and cars, a boat ramp and dock, restrooms, an open air pavilion, an oyster roast area with tables and benches, and the historic Garvin House.

The property is available for event rental by contacting the Town of Bluffton, which all proceeds are used for continued property maintenance by the Town. 

Pinckney Colony Park

Pinckney Colony Park is 38-acres of forested wetlands at the corner of Pinckney Colony Road and Highway 278 near Bluffton. The property was acquired for wetland and water quality conservation purposes. There is a parking area, picnic tables, and trash cans at the entrance, however no other amenities or trails are provided due to the sensitivity of the wetland habitats.

The County's Parks and Recreation Department provide maintenance services for this property.

Whitehall Park

Whitehall park is 9.72-acres of upland live oak forest at the base of the Woods Memorial Bridge on Lady's Island, across the Beaufort River from downtown Beaufort and opposite the highway from Whitehall Boat Ramp. Beaufort County is collaborating with the City of Beaufort, the Beaufort County Open Land Trust, and the Friends of Whitehall Park on the creation of a conceptual master plan for public access and passive recreation.

Beginning in January 2021, the City of Beaufort will provide maintenance of the property, as per the terms of the lease agreement. The Friends of Whitehall Park also work closely with the County and the City on volunteer activities and fundraisers.

Immediate property improvements include periodic mowing, solid waste/debris removal, and a temporary entrance sign. Additional park access and recreation information will be coming in the future. Please stay tuned for updates as they become available, and thank you for your patience!

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