Getting out on the water is an integral part of the Lowcountry lifestyle. The winding waterways of Bluffton and Hilton Head have much to offer, from dramatic flora to thriving fauna. More than just a place to put your boat in the water, our local docks also serve as gateways to charming towns, fun activities, and amazing spots to admire the warm colors of an East Coast sunset.
Whether you’re looking to dip your toes into local waters or you’re a seasoned Lowcountry boat captain, cruising around the Intracoastal Waterway is one of the best ways to explore all that Bluffton and Hilton Head Island have to offer. Here’s a look at the best public docks in the area!
The Best Public Docks in Bluffton and Hilton Head
Alljoy Boat Landing
The Alljoy Boat Landing provides access to both the May River and Calibogue Sound, and is a popular spot due to the ease of putting a boat in the water. Keep in mind that the water can be a bit rough due to the dock’s location in the channel. Another thing to note is that parking is limited at this location due to its aforementioned popularity. If you’re putting your boat in here, you’ll enjoy quick access to the ocean. If you’re coming from the water and docking for the day, we highly recommend exploring the inviting town of Bluffton.
Bluffton Public Dock on Calhoun
Renovated in 2017, this public dock is both spacious and scenic. It can welcome about 10 boats at a time and also features a shady pavilion. Only a five-minute drive from Old Town Bluffton, this dock is situated in a prime location for your adventures on land after a day on the water. Whether it’s feasting on a classic Lowcountry meal of shrimp and grits or biking through oaks draped in Spanish moss, your Bluffton adventures won’t disappoint.
Bluffton Oyster Factory Park
This park offers a nice boat ramp, but its amenities are more noteworthy. The surrounding grassy area is beautiful, with a pavilion, picnic tables, a firepit, and public restroom facilities. Parking is not an issue here, which is always a plus. The park is also home to the Garvin-Garvey House, where you can take a tour of “the only house still standing on the May River which was previously owned by freed slaves” (learn more courtesy of the Hilton Head Island website).
Daufuskie Island Boat Landing
Located between Savannah and Hilton Head, this island is only accessible by boat. With its rich history and untouched beauty, a visit to this charmingly remote island is sure to impress. Embark on a nature walk through the island’s unpaved paths, or admire loggerhead sea turtles during hatching season (May through September). The Daufuskie Island Boat Landing includes a fixed pier, along with public restrooms and a playground for the kids to enjoy.
Cross Island Boat Landing
This Hilton Head boat landing is located beneath Cross Island Parkway and offers an abundance of parking. It’s an easy launch, and you can do some fishing too. Hilton Head Island is world-renowned for its family friendly beaches and inviting atmosphere, so plan for a full day of relaxing, exploring, shopping, and dining.
H.E. Trask Sr. Landing
This is the only boat launch on the Colleton River, but there is ample parking here. The water can be rough due to the location, so it’s wise to check conditions before going in or out. This landing is right in the heart of the beautiful Lowcountry communities of Okatie and Colleton River. These serene towns are tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Hilton Head, so locals can enjoy a quiet yet vibrant life.
Bluffton Town Dock at Palmetto Bluff
This is the only public dock at Palmetto Bluff, a refined yet welcoming town. This community consists of stunning southern homes, upscale restaurants, and a lively social scene. Residents of Palmetto Bluff have the opportunity to live surrounded by nature, with state-of-the-art amenities.
East Coast Paradise
You can’t go wrong with any water excursion in the waters of the Lowcountry. Boat out to a sandbar at low tide, spend the day searching for dolphins, or dock at a new location to explore. These communities are home to endless opportunities for both fun and relaxation! To find your ideal home in the Lowcountry, click here.