Summer is the perfect time to get some fresh air and explore our community.
Taking a walk can be a great way to do just that while also getting in some exercise. Whether it’s a short stroll around Old Town or an epic journey to the beach or down the Parkway, there’s something special about spending time outside during these sunny months. So lace up your shoes and explore!
Walking the paths of the Bluffton Parkway is a great way to get outside and observe the hustle, the bustle and the comings and goings of our town.
The parkway offers miles of wide paved paths that are separated from the road, so you can chat with your walking partner, listen to your tunes or call a friend. Whether you’re walking, running, or biking, the route has an even and flat surface, if you want to safely pick up your pace.
There are plenty of places to stop for a break, including the Tanger Outlets and gas stations if you need to cool off. You can divide your route into sections of the parkway and put in some miles with a new route every time! And if you’re lucky, you may even spot some wild animals!
Here are some recommended start/stop and turn around options, should you choose to park and walk:
(From East to West)
- Anolyn Rd. intersection to Tanger 1 Outlets: approximately 1.8 miles
- Tanger 1 Outlets to Hwy.46: approximately 1.5 miles
- Hwy. 46 to Buck Island Rd.: approximately 2 miles
- Buck Island Rd. to Buckwalter Pkwy.: approximately 1.5 miles
- Buckwalter Pkwy. to Hwy. 170: approximately 1.1 miles
Walking through Old Town takes you through the heart of Bluffton, offering historic sites and unique experiences.
You’ll pass centuries-old homes and live oaks, locally-owned boutique shops, galleries featuring local artists, and eateries. From churches and cemeteries to old plantations and more, there’s always something to discover. So come explore Bluffton’s rich heritage and take a step back in time while getting your steps in!
- If you start from the Church of the Cross (110 Calhoun St.) to Hwy. 46, then down to Wharf St. Then take Wharf St. to the Bluffton Oyster Factory (63 Wharf St) your trek is approximately 1 mile.
- For a longer Old Town jaunt, from the Church of the Cross, a walk to Brighton Beach is approximately 1.75 miles.
No matter where your walk takes you, remember to stay safe.
Make sure to wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the sun. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and take breaks if you need them. Respect any wildlife you may come across, as well as historic and private property. Be aware of cars on the road, cyclists and your fellow walkers.
Now that you’ve read up on how great a summer walk in Bluffton can be, why not give it a try? Spend some time in the fresh air and reconnect with the Town and with nature. Feel your muscles loosen up as you explore new paths or revisit old favorites. Rediscover the beauty of the Lowcountry and happy trails!