Passive Parks and Facilities

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Take a 5-minute tour of some of the County's Passive Parks!

When visiting the County's passive parks, please remember these 7 Principles:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare to ensure your safety, minimize resource damage and know the rules.
  2. Stay on the trail for your safety and to avoid resource damage.
  3. Pack it in, pack it out and dispose of all waste properly.
  4. Leave what you find for the enjoyment of all.
  5. Minimize campfire impacts and use fire rings and grills responsibly.
  6. Respect wildlife through quiet observation from a distance and never feed wildlife.
  7. Be considerate of other visitors and minimize noise and uncontrolled pets.

For more information on the 7 Principles, please visit Leave No Trace.


The following parks and facilities were purchased by Beaufort County through the Rural and Critical Lands Preservation Program and are overseen by the County's 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 ot the County's Passive Park Ordinance (Ord. 2018/53).


Altamaha Town Heritage Preserve

Location: Old Baileys Road off of Okatie Highway (Hwy 170), Okatie, SC

Activities: Picnicking, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing

Amenities: Parking, Picnic Tables, Benches, Primitive Trail

This 100-acre oak-hickory forested gem along the Okatie and Colleton Rivers 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.

Anyone wishing to conduct any research or collection activities should contact the State Department of Natural Resources, Heritage Trust Program, at


Brewer Memorial Park

Location: 47 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort, SC

Activities: Picnicking, Wildlife Viewing, Fishing, Kayaking

Amenities: Parking, Pier/Dock, Kayak Launch

Brewer Memorial Park is a 1-acre open lawn 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. A new stormwater demonstration project will soon be constructed at the park to help prevent erosion and control stormwater runoff from the highway.

The property is co-owned by the County and the Beaufort County Open Land Trust, who provides property maintenance.


Crystal Lake Park

The office building and conference room are closed until further notice due to concerns in rising Covid-19 cases in Beaufort County. The trail remains open Monday through Sunday from dawn to dusk with social distancing practices.

Location: 124 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort, SC

Activities: Wildlife Viewing, Fishing, Hiking

Amenities: Parking, Restrooms, Pier, Boardwalk, Primitive Trail

Crystal Lake Park is 25-acres of forested habitats, salt marsh, and a man-made pond located 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.

The Butler Marine building is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 2:00pm and has leased office space for the Beaufort County Open Land Trust and the Beaufort Soil and Water Conservation District. The conference room is also available to the public for rental. Additionally, park volunteers installed, and maintain, a pollinator garden adjacent to the building!


Fort Fremont Preserve

The park property is closed until further notice due to construction! The beach access remains open Monday through Sunday from dawn to dusk with social distancing practices. Please also keep all pets on a leash for the safety of all visitors.

Location: 1124 Lands End Road, St. Helena Island, SC

Activities: Picnicking, Wildlife Viewing, Beach Walking, Historic Interpretation

Amenities: Parking, Restrooms, Historic Fort, Interpretive Facilities, Picnic Pavilion

Fort Fremont Preserve is 18-acres of mesic mixed hardwood forest surrounding a Spanish-American War era Fort. 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.


The Green

Location: King and Pinckney Streets, Beaufort, SC

Activities: Picnicking, Dog Walking, Yard Activities 

Amenities: Benches

This 1-acre neighborhood pocket park is located in a residential neighborhood in downtown historic Beaufort. 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.

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

Location: 99 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island, SC

Activities: Picnicking, Wildlife Viewing, Basketball

Amenities: Parking, Restrooms, Playground, Picnic Pavilion, Grills, Basketball Court

Green's Shell Park is a 3-acre pocket park located on Hilton Head Island. 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

Location: Bull River, St. Helena Sound, SC

Activities: Wildlife Viewing, Hiking, Hunting

Amenities: None

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

Location: 55 Wharf Street / 101 Bridge Street, Bluffton, SC

Activities: Picnicking, Boating, Oyster Roasting, Historic Interpretation

Amenities: Parking, Restrooms, Boat Ramp/Dock, Picnic Pavilion, Oyster Roast Facilities, Picnic Tables, Benches, Historic Garvin House

Conveniently located in the heart of Bluffton on the May River, 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.

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 Preserve

Location: 7 Pinckney Colony Road, Bluffton, SC

Activities: Picnicking, Wildlife Viewing

Amenities: Parking, Picnic Tables, Benches

Pinckney Colony Preserve is 38-acres of forested wetlands near Bluffton. The property was acquired for wetland and water quality conservation purposes. Aside from the picnic area, there are no other amenities or trails provided due to the sensitivity of the wetland habitats.

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


Whitehall Park

The stakeholder open house scheduled for July 8th has been CANCELLED due to Covid19 concerns. An online survey of a draft plan will be made available to the public for comment in August. Please call the Passive Parks Manager at 843-255-2152 for questions.

Location: 9 Whitehall Drive, Beaufort, SC

Activities: Picnicking, Walking, Wildlife Viewing

Amenities: None

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 opportunities. Wood and Partners Inc. has been hired to create a master plan for the park.

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.