Bluffton Sights to See

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Bluffton Bike Trails
bikepath-1024x68325 miles of bike-friendly roads and trails.
The best way to see Old Town Bluffton.
Call (843)757-6293 for map of trails

Bluffton Oyster Company
63 Wharf Street, Old Town Bluffton.
Oldest continuous operating oyster shucking facility in South Carolina. Opened in the early 1900’s, the 4.5 acre site on the pristine May River was purchased by the Beaufort County Open Land Trust and will evolve into a community park. (843)757-4010


Bluffton Riverfront Pocket Park and Garden
End of Pritchard Street, Old Town Bluffton.
A living example of Bluffton’s River Overlay Protection District, this planted buffer provides visitors the opportunity to see how vegetated buffers along waterways protect water quality and enhance property aesthetics. (843)706-4500


Bluffton Shell Art Trail
Throughout Old Town Bluffton
The Shell Art Trail is a new cultural art exhibit. 21 unique fiberglass oyster sculptures have been placed throughout Old Town Bluffton. Each oyster is a true work of art, painted by a local artist. Download a digital map or print out your own Shell Art Trail Passbook and get ready to follow the trail to the most spectacularly decorated sculptures you’ve ever seen. A special plaque on each will provide you with a unique “oyster fact” in answer to questions in your Passbook.  Match questions and answers to increase your knowledge as you travel the Trail. Take lots of selfies along the way. Post them to your social media accounts, tag us @LowcountryOysterTrail, and use #LowCountryOysterTrail #heARTofBluffton #SeeShellsinBluffton. Visit the Lowcountry Oyster Trail website to download your trail map.


Calhoun Street Art District
Collection of art galleries clustered along
Calhoun Street, in the center of Old Town Bluffton.
Call (843)757-6293 for map of galleries.


Campbell Chapel AME Church
23 Boundary Street, Old Town Bluffton.


Church of the Cross Episcopal
110 Calhoun St, Old Town Bluffton.
Tours available Mon-Sat, 11am-2pm. (843)757-2661. This beautiful old church survived an attack by a Federal gun boat during the Civil War.


Garvin-Garvey House
Bridge and Wharf Streets, (843) 757-6293
Guided tours of the Garvin-Garvey Freedman’s Cottage, located on the High Bluff in Oyster Factory Park are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 4 pm and on Fridays by appointment. Reservations are not required for guided tours on Tuesdays or Thursdays, unless you have a group of 10 or more. Tours last approximately 30 minutes and are offered as visitors arrive unless previously scheduled.


Heyward House Historic Center
70 Boundary St. (843)757-6293. Built in 1841 as a summer cottage for a Lowcountry planter, the Heyward House is Southern Beaufort County’s only house museum and Bluffton’s official welcome center. The Heyward house is open Mondays-Fridays 10am-4pm and Saturdays 11-2pm. It offers free information on things to see and do Also available are docent-guided tours of the site. Read our Heyward House Blog.alt


James M. Waddell, Jr., Matricultural Research & Development Center
Sawmill Creek Road off Hwy. 278. One of the nation’s largest facilities for fish and shrimp farming & research. For tour information call (843)837-3795.


Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge 
Off Hwy. 278, between the bridges to Hilton Head Island. Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge contains 4,053 acres preserving salt marsh and maritime habitat. Historical marker commemorating Major Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge General Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. Tour buses
call in advance. (912)452-4415.


Society of Bluffton Artists
6 Church Street, Street, Bluffton. (843)757-6586. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-5:00pm Sun, 11am-3pm. A co-op gallery of Bluffton artists and craftspeople, the Guild is located in the historic Planters Mercantile building. Featuring original paintings in various media and styles, hand-made pottery, jewelry, turned wood pieces, baskets and more.


Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve
Sawmill Creek Rd.
Thie 977 acre Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve provides an escape from the crowds. The preserve contains an example of the pine-saw palmetto flatwoods Bluffton Area Sightscommunity, which is rare in South Carolina. As the name suggests, the pine-saw palmetto community is dominated by longleaf and slash pine in the overstory and saw palmetto in the understory. The other community type located on the preserve is the mainland maritime forest. This community occurs adjacent to the saltwater creeks and is dominated by live oak, cabbage palm, and slash pine. The preserve provides an excellent area for birdwatching, particularly in the spring. Pine, yellow-throated, and yellow rumped warblers, white-eyed vireos, summer tanagers and flycatchers can be seen in a short time. White-tailed deer, fox and gray squirrels can also be observed.