With its more than 12 miles of beaches, it should come as no surprise that Hilton Head Island was named a “Can’t Miss Beach” this past summer by CNN.
In the article posted June 2015 entitled “So long, summer: 15 U.S. beaches for a last hurrah” they named a total of 15 beaches including our own Hilton Head Island.
Beaches specifically mentioned in the CNN article was Dolphin Head Recreation Area located in Hilton Head Plantation, a gated community. Also mentioned as accessible beaches were Driessen Beach Park and Folly Field Beach Park.
Dolphin Head Recreation Area is located in Hilton Head Plantation on the InterCoastal Waterway of Port Royal Sound. The area encompasses entertaining playgrounds for children, a picnic area, mile-long walking path along Port Royal Sound, and an air-conditioned and heated clubhouse used for meetings, socials, weddings and more.
Driessen Beach Park is located on the northern half of Hilton Head Island, bordering several condo and resort complexes. It’s a little difficult to find which explains why it’s seldom crowded even at the height of summer. It also helps that the park is tucked away in a shaded and heavily wooded region. Locals enjoy the beachside and wooded amenities. The park includes a playground with swings and slides, picnic areas with tables, grills and picnic shelters, bathrooms, showers, and walking paths through tall pines, cedars and live oaks. A very long boardwalk connects the maritime forest with the beautiful shoreline.
Folly Field Beach Park is another gem on the island that the locals claim as their own well-kept secret. Located along the northern half of Hilton Head Island, it is located in a residential neighborhood. A couple blocks away to the south are condos and communities scattered along the oceanfront. The park offers the convenience of restrooms, outdoor showers, and seasonal beach rentals of umbrellas, chairs, and other supplies. It is within walking distance of several restaurants housed within neighboring communities. The ocean water here is relatively shallow with a flat ocean bottom that makes it perfect for wading, swimming, and body boarding. It’s the perfect beach for families, children and even dogs.
All of these are perfect examples of Hilton Head Island’s longstanding reputation as a gorgeous and generally sparsely populated beach town.