Category Archives: Beach Features

Beach Walk, July 26, 2018

Mitchelville Beach (Fish Haul Beach Park), looking left to the west.

Yesterday I waled west from Mitchelville Beach for a mile and a half, until I reached the sea wall in Hilton Head Plantation. As you may or may not know, all beaches on the island are “public”, whereas the property that lies behind them is likely private, so when I do this walk (a regular for me) it ends at the wall. If you would also like to make this trip you will need to plan it to start and end within a couple hours of low tide as there are a few tidal creeks to cross and make sure you wear shoes.

Although I always have my eyes open for interesting critters and treasures to collect, I take this route more for the beauty of the walk itself, and the small boneyard beach found at this eastern end of the sea wall.  Continue reading

Beach Walk, July 21, 2018


On Port Royal Sound, just west of the heel of the island.

My wanderings are guided by whatever catches my eye.

What you see on a beach walk on this beautiful island can vary so greatly, depending on which beach you start from, the season, the tides, and whether there has been a recent storm to churn things up. I love taking folks out to see what we can discover on the beach, but formal programs cover so little of my time exploring this island so I thought I’d add a virtual beach walk and share what I find. Let me know what you think of this feature in the comments.

It has been raining for days and I was getting stir crazy, even this reader can only read so much. Finally we got a break in the weather today and I headed out this morning just after low tide. I had not actually been to the heel of the island in a few months (terrible!!), so I knew that was where I was going.  What follows are photos of some of the things I saw today and some information that I might have shared if we were exploring together.

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And so it begins…

A section of the 30-inch diameter pipeline that brings sand to the shore from a dredging location several miles offshore. A slurry of sand and sea water is pumped on to the beach, parallel with the shore, allowing the water to drain and leave the sand. Large bulldozers then move the sand as necessary to rebuild the beach.

I paid a last visit to Mitchelville Beach this morning before access will be closed starting tomorrow, June 1st, to begin the island’s 2016 beach renourishment.  Last done in 2007, this program rebuilds beaches lost as the shoreline retreats due to erosion. The rebuilding of the beach is an ongoing battle with the forces of nature, and one for which there are many arguments for and against, but not here, not now.

Work has been under way at Mitchelville for the past week, clearing the many trees felled by erosion. The huge peat flats exposed by the erosion and the missing trees leave the beach looking vastly different to a visitor from even a few short months ago.

Last week I took a walk from the heel of the island northwest to Fish Haul Creek to record the vast erosion that has occurred since last fall.

I plan to get out as I can to photograph the changes, but if you want to keep up with updates on the project bookmark this link. Below is a timeline map for the project.

The renourishment will take place in stages and this map represents the planned timeline for the project. In order to complete this enormous undertaking in the allotted 5 months, work will continue around the clock once it commences.



Mitchelville Beach Walk, March 26, 2016


Oysters and muscles nestled in the Spartina Grass.

I hope y’all had a wonderful Easter. I spent the day waiting for the rain to stop. And it didn’t. On the upside, I spent a delightful evening with a friend and her three granddaughters “playing beach collection.” It was like a beach program, but with my living room floor filling in for the part of the beach. I hope I didn’t bore them too terribly, but they seemed happy when they left with their bags of goodies. Continue reading

The best for last…

052-768x1024It’s here, spring break is finally upon us and I cannot wait to be back on the island tomorrow. This will be the last weekly featured page in honor of Spring Break 2016 and for this occasion I have saved the very best. Read about Mitchelville Beach and then come join me at my favorite place on the island. AND, if you happen to be on the island between March 24  and April 2 give me a shout.