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Guides To Beaufort

Planning the perfect Beaufort, SC getaway for you and your family is easy with our local-approved, custom-curated guides. Browse activities by interest, including Antebellum or military history, Lowcountry cuisine, watersports, fishing and boating, arts and culture, family-friendly activities and more.

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

Find peace in the outdoors of Beaufort, South Carolina. From fishing to hiking, your visit can be filled with sunshine, salt water, and fresh air.

Our Beaches

Hunting Island State Park: This breathtaking park holds over 5-miles of uncrowded beaches, stunning nature trails, access to the state’s only public lighthouse and more. With only 167 steps to sensational views, the lighthouse is an essential spot to capture sunset photos or take part in a unique candlelite full moon experience. Learn more about Hunting Island here: https://southcarolinaparks.com/hunting-island

The Sands Beach: Conveniently located at the southern tip of Port Royal, this beach has incredibly easy access. Enjoy searching for and most likely finding a few sharks teeth (the best beach to do so), kite flying, or simply relax and soak in the sun. If you like, you can even drive right up to the beach and picnic right out of your car. Completely free and open to the public during daylight hours, The Sands is a family friendly beach and a favorite local spot. 

Biking

The Spanish Moss Trail - Rent a bike from Get Outdoors Rentals and spend the day biking 10 miles of the beautiful Spanish Moss Trail. This unique trail offers breathtaking water and marsh views and coastal wildlife viewing along the way. Learn more about the trail here: http://www.spanishmosstrail.com/

Camping

Hunting Island State Park camping is available at 100 campsites with water and electrical hookups, shower and restroom facilities, beach walkways and a playground. Hunting Island State Park camping reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights. Learn more here: https://southcarolinaparks.com/hunting-island/camping

Hiking

Make sure to check out a few of the many walking/hiking trails winding through the dunes and maritime forest at Hunting Island State Park listed below:

  • Palmetto Pines Pass (0.2 miles and easy to hike)
  • Marsh Boardwalk Trail (0.25 miles and easy to hike)
  • Marsh Boardwalk Crossover (0.3 miles and easy to hike)
  • Lighthouse Nature Trail (0.4 miles and easy to hike)
  • Lighthouse Magnolia Forest Connector (0.6 miles and easy to hike)
  • Nature Center Scenic Trail (0.7 miles and easy to hike)
  • Magnolia Forest Trail - (1.2 miles and easy to hike)
  • The Lagoon Access Recreation Trail (1.4 miles and easy to hike)
  • Maritime Forest Trail (2.0 miles and easy to hike)
  • Diamondback Rattlesnake Trail (2.3 miles and moderately strenuous)

Learn more here: https://southcarolinaparks.com/hunting-island/trails

Kayaking

Beaufort Kayak Tours - Spend the day gliding through crystal clear water surrounded by beautiful marshes with a private kayak tour. Paddle through salt marsh at low tide and get a first hand look at marine inhabitants with an exclusive salt marsh ecology tour. Visit their website here: https://beaufortkayaktours.com/

Higher Ground Kayak Tours - Follow a knowledgeable tour guide, as you spend the day through curving sun-warmed waterways with the company of a dolphin or two by your side. Visit their website here: https://highergroundoutfitters.com/kayak-rentals-sup-tours-beaufort-sc

Boating

Captain Dick’s Prince of Tides Dolphin Tour - Departing daily from the Downtown Marina of Beaufort, this 1.25 hour tour offers a scenic tour of Beaufort and the Beaufort River that visitors won't see anywhere else. Fully narrated, passengers are provided information about the ecology, the wildlife and the homes of the planters. Visit their website here: https://beaufortrivertours.com/

Spartina Marine Education Charters - Spend time with Captain Amber Kuehn for a scientific expedition on the beautiful Chechessee River. During this boat trip, passengers learn all about the sea life of the Lowcountry and the unique place they call home. Seasonal crabs, shrimp, and fish make an appearance in an on-board touch tank, so passengers can see the animals up close. Visit their website here: https://www.spartinacharters.com/