Discover destinations on Hilton Head Island that incorporate the area’s rich history and natural beauty, yet receive few visitors. They are peaceful parks accessible by bicycle along the island’s pathways.
Fish Haul Creek Park (Beach City Road)
The remote 16 acre park presents its natural beauty via an observation boardwalk out to a salt marsh and a trail that winds its way to the sandy shore of Port Royal Sound. The sand and mud of the tidal flats provide a feeding, resting and playground for shore birds and marine creatures. At low tide, the flats become a local’s beach reaching far into the sound. The sand is dotted with explorers focused on clams, fish, shells or a quiet walk.
Barker Field Observation Deck (Mitchelville Road)
Tucked back behind the baseball and soccer fields of Barker Field hides a long boardwalk which will take you over a brackish marsh toward Port Royal Sound. An observation deck sits at the end of the boardwalk, delivering an expansive view across the sound. To the east is the Atlantic, to the west the Broad River. Look left and take in the sights of St. Helena and Parris islands.
The Veterans Memorial (Shelter Cove Lane)
The American and POW/MIA flags fly vigil over a granite memorial honoring veterans of American military service. The memorial sits in a quiet park on the east bank of Broad Creek. Walk along the pathway through the park and take in the view over marsh and creek at the observation deck.
Old House Creek Pier (Sterling Pointe Drive)
Old House Creek hosts a secluded fishing and crabbing pier with a vista across Calibogue Sound. The pier receives a variety of visitors, and the wildlife viewing area at the end of the 225 foot pier offers a place to watch. A school of shrimp scamper across the surface of the water. Fiddler crabs flow together in their sideways dance down the mud bank, ready to dart into the closest hole. Bikes bring folks that fish and crab the slow moving creek. A small neighborhood gathers at sunset to close the day, a nightly ritual for some families.