Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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This beach is different than most on Hilton Head, which are known for their wide, uninterrupted sand and surf. Mitchelville, however, is more of a marshy and rocky beach with tiny waves. It does have sand that is nice for lounging and walking on, but there are more rocks, shells, and plant debris scattered around than on other beaches. These qualities, along with thin crowds, make Mitchelville the place for tranquil beach combing, fishing, birdwatching, or just napping in the sun. Rather than overlooking the open Atlantic like most views from Hilton Head, this beach overlooks St. Helena Sound of the Harbor River, across to St. Helena, and Parris Islands.

The parking area is tucked behind some quiet neighborhoods on the island's northeast end. There are restrooms, outdoor showers, and trash cans available. Lifeguards are not on duty. Like all Hilton Head beaches, dogs are not allowed between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Labor Day weekend to Memorial Day weekend; otherwise they are allowed if kept under control and cleaned up after.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Calm beach. Shells. Birds.

Cons

Shallow. Rocky in places.

Features

ADA accessible
Crabbing
Fishing
Tide pools
Wildlife
Bird watching
Family friendly

Location

Field Guide

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