Parks in Port Royal

The Town of Port Royal has many Parks available for Residents and Visitors alike to enjoy. All parks are free to visit and dog friendly.  Dogs are required to be leashed at all times and owners are required to pick up any waste. Parks are maintained by the Town of Port Royal and the Town’s Parks and Recreation Commission.  Some of the parks can be rented for private events such as birthday parties. For suggestions and rental information go to www.portroyal.org or call 843 986-2211.  Rental fees may apply.

The Sands

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Way down on the southern tip of the town of Port Royal, you will find this wonderful area where Battery Creek flows into the Beaufort River. From the sandy beaches you can get some great views of the river and of the estuaries and look for sharks teeth. A ramp here lets you launch boats and kayaks onto the rivers. The Henry Robinson Boardwalk runs along Battery Creek, and is a popular place for strolling and for crabbing or fishing. Near the end of the boardwalk is a large observation tower. You can see for miles around from the upper levels of the tower.

Features and Facilities – Wetland, Walking paths, Swimming, Fishing, Crabbing, Boat ramp, observation tower

  • Public Restrooms – Portable toilets only
  • Hours of Operation – Daylight hours
  • How to Get There – Located at the end of Sands Beach Road. Follow Paris Ave to the end and turn left on 7th Street. Continue on at the stop sign onto Sands Beach Road.

Naval Heritage Park 

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Outside the Beaufort Naval Hospital Grounds lies Naval Heritage Park under the shade of beautiful Live Oaks Trees.  The park is the setting for Port Royal’s popular Farmers’ Market, every Saturday morning. The only Skateboard Park North of the Board River is also located here along with a playground featuring a replica of a Spanish Galleon.

  • Features and Facilities – walking trail, covered skate park, playground, gazebo, picnic tables
  • Public Restrooms – Portable toilets only
  • Hours of Operation – Daylight, skate park open later
  • How to Get There – Off Ribaut Rd, in front of the Naval Hospital, look for the Spanish Galleon Playground. Parking lot is off of Pinckney Blvd.

Live Oaks Park/Helen Foster Oyster Shed

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This community park is popular for Oyster Roasts and is free to reserve for Port Royal Residents (fee for larger events/non-residents). The playground is open to the public after school hours.

  • Features and Facilities – covered shed with picnic tables, fireplace/grill, oyster tables (available for events!) playground, basketball court
  • Public Restrooms – Portable toilets only
  • Hours of Operation – Daylight, events are an exception
  • How to Get There – Corner of 14th Street and London Ave

 John Parker Park

This community park near Casablanca Circle is free to reserve for Port Royal Residents (fee for larger events).

  • Features and Facilities – covered shed with picnic tables, fireplace/grill, playground, basketball court
  • Public Restrooms – Portable toilets only
  • Hours of Operation – Open till Dusk or 9pm, whichever is later
  • How to Get There – Turn onto Casablanca Rd off Ribaut Rd near the CVS

Cypress Wetlands – Amphitheater and Boardwalk

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There are several species of birds that call this place home, including herons, hawks, eagles, owls, falcons, geese, ducks, and other migratory waterfowl. It is absolutely a birdwatchers paradise. In addition to birds, regular visitors among the cypress trees are alligators, turtles, and snakes.

Features and Facilities – Walking trails, open air pavilion

  • Public Restrooms – There is a public restroom located at the Port Royal Police Station right next door. The entrance is outside by the driveway which leads around back and it is also Handicap Accessible.
  • Hours of Operation – Daylight hours
  • How to Get There – The Amphitheater is located on Paris Ave right off of Ribaut Ave with Parking on Paris Ave. There is also a Handicap Parking pad behind the PR Police Station. The Richmond Overlook is located on Richmond Ave. just past the Waddell YMCA. Parking on the shoulder is permitted there.

 The Shed

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Event Space with room available for rent for parties, celebrations, performing arts, and fundraising events.  Site of the Port Royal Pickleball Club that plays every Tuesday and Thursday morning and also on Wednesday evening.  The space features a stage and restrooms and is located at the corner of 8th Street and Paris Avenue.

Lenora Park

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This community playground is located near the foot of the Russell Bell Bridge at the corner of Ribaut Road and Lenora Drive. It is close to the Spanish Moss Trail and has ample parking off of Lenora Drive.

 Mariner’s Park

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Beautiful setting on Paris Avenue, Port Royal’s main street, featuring an old fashioned anchor circa 1850.  Anchor Marker Text: Found At A Point 14 Miles From Fripp Island, S.C. At A Depth Of 50 Feet. Recovered In 1974 By The Shrimping Trawler “Bobby’s Young n” Of Port Royal, S.C. And Loaned To The Town By Her Captain, Bobby Chaplin”

Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Park  (Buoy Park)

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This buoy, located off London Ave, was originally used as a navigational aid in Port Royal Sound. During a 1970 storm, it broke loose from its mooring and it traveled out to sea. Amazingly, one year and nearly 6,000 miles later, it ended up in Scotland where it was recovered by a British ship and eventually found its way to being returned to Port Royal in 1973.  According to a plaque placed at the buoy, it sits today in the Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Park, and its light is kept burning in dedication to all officers who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty.

Located on London Avenue at the intersection of 9th Street.