8 Parks to Play Outdoors in Beaufort, SC

    Beaufort residents are very fortunate to have a variety of community parks and playgrounds through the area to get out and enjoy some of that sunshine.

    While many of these spots are quite well known and loved, there are a few hidden gems that we may forget are located around town as well. From shady sanctuaries to waterfront views, Beaufort’s parks hold immense amounts of beauty, breezes, and fun to be had for all ages.

    Pigeon Point Park

    1521 Pigeon Point Rd, Beaufort, SC 29902

    Pigeon Point Park, just off of Boundary Street up from Bellamy Curve, includes a playground in our natural Lowcountry element. Oaks draped in Spanish moss shade the large park from the heat.  Here you can find various playgrounds for all ages, bench swings, and picnic tables. What seems to be a kiddie favorite are the old school metal slides for a rapid ride down and the ever-popular merry-go-round.

    The park has spaces that can be reserved for:

    Birthday parties, family & community gatherings, picnics, and small informal wedding ceremonies. To Make A Reservation Contact: Rhonda  Carey, Events & Tour Operations Coordinator – Email Rhonda Carey Phone: 843-379-7063

    The Naval Heritage Park

    We have the Spanish galleon and the playground at The Naval Heritage Park in Port Royal. Saturday finds the little ones running about after attending the farmers market with their parents. Older siblings can take advantage of The Beaufort Skate Park, too.. There isn’t too much seating here, but that seems to be okay—parents are often up keeping the kids twirling on the tire swing.

     

    Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park

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    Downtown Beaufort’s Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, ESPB photo

    One we all cherish is The Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. This spot has it all and gives the opportunity to enjoy the playground as well as taking a stroll along the river, catching a sea breeze on the bench swings, grabbing a bite to eat or stopping to cool off with some ice cream.

    The park has spaces that can be reserved for:

    Large-scale festivals, special events, weddings and wedding receptions, graduation ceremonies, concerts, and more. To Make A Reservation Contact: Rhonda  Carey, Events & Tour Operations Coordinator – Email Rhonda Carey Phone: 843-379-7063

     

    Lenora Park

    Lenora Park in Port Royal is a quiet out-of-the-way spot. Photo ESPB/Ty Snowden

    Lenora Park is located in Port Royal, right at the foot of the Parris Island Bridge, off of Ribaut Road. It is a nice spot to stop by if you’re looking to play without too much of a crowd.

     

    Coursen-Tate Memorial Park

    Coursen-Tate Memorial Park is off of Springfield Road on Lady's Island and boasts soccer and baseball fields and a nice playground too. Photo ESPB/Ty Snowden
    Coursen-Tate Memorial Park is off of Springfield Road on Lady’s Island and boasts soccer and baseball fields and a nice playground too. Photo ESPB/Ty Snowden

    Tucked away on Lady’s Island at 9 Springfield Road, is the Coursen-Tate Memorial Park. This unique spot was named in memory of two Beaufort County Sherriff’s who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Here, there is a playground equipped with a shark tunnel, a large pavilion with picnic tables, and tons of open green grass for the little ones to run free.

     

    Burton Wells Park

    Another pet friendly spot is Southside Park in Mossy Oaks. ESPB photo
    Another pet friendly spot is Southside Park in Mossy Oaks. ESPB photo

    If you’re one who loves bringing your dog along for the adventure, you may want to check out Burton Wells Park. Here you will find a dog park, a pond featuring a walkway and dock, playground, an outdoor basketball court, baseball, soccer and football fields, an indoor basketball gymnasium, and a small fitness center.

     

    Washington Street Park

    Washington Street Park- Photo courtesy of the City of Beaufort

    Nestled in a historic Beaufort neighborhood, this family-friendly park is a quaint setting for children to play and has quiet spaces for relaxation.  Many exciting additions and upgrades are planned to further enhance this community’s mainstay.

    The park has spaces that can be reserved for:

    Community Events, and small to medium gatherings, small weddings, and birthday parties. To Make A Reservation Contact: Rhonda  Carey, Events & Tour Operations Coordinator – Email Rhonda Carey Phone: 843-379-7063

     

    Southside Park

    Southside Park – Photo courtesy of the City of Beaufort

    Another pet-friendly spot is Southside Park in Mossy Oaks. You can find that one at 2614 Southside Boulevard. The City’s only dedicated dog park is situated in this expansive park that has large open spaces, walking paths and wooded landscapes.  The 38-acre park is located on Southside Boulevard, bordered by Battery Creek Rd and it abuts Beaufort County’s lighted tennis courts and picnic pavilion.

    The park has spaces that can be reserved for:

    Large gatherings, family reunions, picnics, weddings, special events and more.To Make A Reservation Contact: Rhonda  Carey, Events & Tour Operations Coordinator – Email Rhonda Carey Phone: 843-379-7063

    With so many options, you and your family are sure to have enough upcoming days filled with sunshine to try them all. Have fun playing!!!

    List of Beaufort, SC Parks:

    Park Name Location
    Battery Saxton Park Boundary Street, next to Wendy’s
    Calhoun Thomas Park Ribaut Road, next to bowling alley
    Christensen Park Pigeon Point Road and Albert Street
    Cuthbert Park located off of Lafayette Street
    Dowling Park battery Creek Road and First Boulevard
    Freedom Park Bay Street and the Waterfront Park entrance
    Horse Trough Park Bay Street and Bladen Street
    Knott Park King Street and East Street, in The Point
    Harvey Park King Street and East Street, in The Point
    Logan Park Bay Street and North Street
    Lovejoy Park Boundary Street and Lovejoy Street
    Morrall Park Craven Street and Carteret Street
    Pigeon Point Park Pigeon Point Road
    Pinckney Park Pigeon Point Road, neat boat ramp
    Secessions Park Bay Street and Church Street
    Southside Park Southside Boulevard
    Southside Dog Park 2614 Southside Boulevard
    Stephen Elliot Park Bay Street and Carteret Street
    Washington Street Park Washington Street and Newcastle Street
    Wilson Park Ribaut Road, across from Hermitage Road

     


    The feature was originally was written by Ty Snowden & updated by ESPB staff in 2020