4 of the Most Fun Things to Do at Fish Haul Creek Park


Fish Haul Creek ParkHilton Head is an island that values of the beauty and necessity of nature. That is why you will find most of the island’s infrastructure is built to flow with nature instead of competing with it. That way, you’ll enjoy the best that the natural beauty of the Lowcountry has to offer every time you visit. One of the best places to soak in and appreciate Hilton Head’s environment and history is Fish Haul Creek Park. Located just east of Mitchelville Beach, this expansive park is an ideal destination for family fun, great views, and memory-making opportunities.


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4 Things to Do at Fish Haul Creek Park

From hiking, wildlife viewing, and even discovering some of Hilton Head’s historical secrets, you’ll always find something new and fun to experience in Fish Haul Creek Park. From a local’s standpoint, here are some of the best ways for you and your family to enjoy the park.


Mitchelville Freedom Park

Fish Haul Creek Park is the home to the historic Mitchelville site. This is the exact place where Union General Ormsby Mitchel declared that Mitchelville, South Carolina was officially free. This area of the park recreates parts of the original town that once stood here along with exhibits, lectures, forums, tours, and cultural programs. You will also find a pavilion with photographs and markers that illustrate the rise of the self-governed settlement for freedmen after the war.


Visiting the Dock

If you travel down the dirt pathway that leads through the Maritime forest, the first stop will be a wooden dock that stretches over the salt marsh. As you travel down the walkway, keep your eyes open for the crabs scurrying along the banks. The shaded pavilion at the end of the dock is a perfect lookout point and provides observation binoculars for the whole family to use.


Enjoy a Picnic

Pack a lunch and bring it along to Fish Haul Creek Park for a fun family picnic. Further down the walking trail, you’ll come across a shaded pavilion with two picnic tables. This is a great spot to take a break, relax, and indulge in a quick meal.


Hit the Beach

If you and your family decide to venture to the end of the walking path, you will be rewarded with access to a beautiful sun drenched beach. Now is the time to lay out a blanket, build sandcastles, view unique waterbirds, and enjoy family time on this uncrowded, secret island treasure.


More Hilton Head Parks For You to Explore

Driessen Beach Park: Boasting beach access, a picnic table pavilion, grill, and playground, Driessen Beach Park is a wonderful place for all visitors to enjoy a day of fun in the sun!

Coligny Beach Park: This popular destination is adorned with outdoor showers, changing rooms, lounging options, and shaded gazebos. There is also a nearby rental shop for anyone in need of beach chairs or umbrellas.


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