Driessen Beach Park
When vacationing on Hilton Head Island, a visit to the beach promises fun for the whole family. While there are a number of beautiful public beaches to explore near your vacation home on Hilton Head, Driessen Beach Park is a long-time favorite of local residents and visitors alike. Part of the park’s charm is its connection to a local family that has been a fixture on Hilton Head Island since the nineteenth century: The Driessens. Members of the Driessen family have shaped Hilton Head’s history as some of the island’s earliest farmers, teachers, and merchants. Since 1995, the park that bears their family name has welcomed the public to enjoy a small portion of the pristine parcel of land that their ancestors have inhabited for generations.
Driessen Beach Park’s central location on Hilton Head Island is just a short car ride away from your Palmetto Dunes or Forest Beach vacation home. As you make your way to the beach, be sure to stop and enjoy some of the other popular amenities in the mid-island area, including a wide variety of dining and shopping options that are sure to be a hit with your family. If you choose to make the trip from your vacation villa by bicycle, not to worry, Driessen Beach Park is just a two-and-a-half mile journey from the entrance of Palmetto Dunes along Hilton Head’s well-maintained bike path system. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the local scenery along your way, and you’ll be sure to find plenty of racks where you can park your bikes when you arrive to Driessen Beach Park.
The park is located at the end of Bradley Beach Road, passing briefly through a quiet beach community before opening up to an expansive parking area with over two hundred metered spaces. Be sure to note your parking space number so that you can enter it at the electronic meter at the park’s entrance. As you make your way along the boardwalk, you’ll find restrooms and showers located just past the entrance, followed by a lovely picnic area with charcoal grills. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic lunch that you prepared at your vacation condo on Hilton Head Island. In addition to the picnic facilities, Driessen Beach Park also has a large playground with enough equipment to entertain children of all ages. You’ll be enjoying your Hilton Head Island vacation from the moment you arrive—and all before you’ve even set foot on the beach!
The remainder of the boardwalk traverses a scenic marsh and wetland area, where you can view wading birds, fiddler crabs, and lowcountry plant life up close. After a brief walk, you’ll make your way past the picturesque sand dunes and out onto the broad, white sand beach. The best part is, the boardwalk transitions from a ramp onto a firm beach mat surface, making the beach accessible to all visitors, not to mention your favorite wagons and beach carts. However, if you decided to travel lightly, there are seasonal rentals available from the lifegaurds along beach. Regardless of what you bring along, you’ll be sure to leave with memories of the good times and great views provided by Driessen Beach Park. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your Hilton Head Island vacation!