People and pets can find plenty of family-friendly parks all around the Island.
Years ago, the Town of Hilton Head started buying vacant land to preserve as much of the Island’s green space as possible. The Town has developed over 20 permanent community parks (with more planned for the future), all of which serve a variety of recreational purposes, from playgrounds and beaches to sports fields and historical nature trails.
Of particular interest to the young is the Bristol Sports Arena at Crossings Park, near the south end of the Cross Island Parkway. It has a skateboard park, a roller hockey rink, and basketball court. The rest of Crossings Park offers baseball and soccer fields, playground, and a large meadow for throwing a Frisbee or picnicking. The entry to Bristol Arena is off Arrow Road, and the Crossings entry is off Helmsman Way.
Chaplin Community Park has beach access, rest rooms, athletic fields, tennis courts, picnic facilities, and ample parking. There are also paved paths for walking and biking. It also gives your dog a place to frolic off the leash in Best Friends Dog Park. The park is located mid-Island between Burke’s Beach and Singleton Roads.
In the Sea Pines Resort at Harbour Town, your children will delight at the Gregg Russell Playground, a large sandy area underneath shady trees. There’s a tree house surrounding a huge oak, a wooden bridge, swings, slides, and benches where watchful parents can rest.
Shelter Cove Harbour has another good playground near the gazebo. It has swings, slides, and climbing structures.
Nearby at Shelter Cove Community Park, behind Shelter Cove Towne Center overlooking Broad Creek, there is a boardwalk, an observation deck, trails, picnic tables, and restrooms.
The Rowing and Sailing Center on Squire Pope Road on the North End features a pier with a floating dock for launching kayaks and other non-motorized vessels. It also has a playground, tire swing, fire pit, and a picnic pavilion.
For additional information about the Island’s various parks, call the Town of Hilton Head at (843) 341-4600.