Broad Creek Paddling

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Broad Creek is great for anyone who wants to explore Hilton Head’s salt water marshes and tidal creeks. The wildlife is abundant, with a chance to see a number of birds, fish, or the occasional marsh mink.

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Zach Bjur

Destination Distance From Downtown

3.5 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

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Broad Creek is a massive tidal creek that runs like a gash through the middle of Hilton Head Island, nearly separating it in two. Many of the island’s most popular restaurants and attractions are situated on Broad Creek due to incredible views and amazing sunsets over the salt water marsh. However, if you want to enjoy Broad Creek in its truest form you need to get out on the water. The Marshland Road Boat Landing is a public boat ramp located right next to The Old Oyster Factory. It is the perfect launch point for a paddle into Broad Creek.

What Makes it Great One strong suit of the Marshland Boat Landing is ease of access. There is no need to haul your kayak, just pull up directly to the water and unload. Being so far up Broad Creek not many boaters use the ramp so it is almost exclusively used by kayakers and paddle boarders, another plus. Broad Creek is BIG you can spend hours kayaking and see only a fraction of it. What’s great about this location is that there is a natural “loop” formed by the creek and the surrounding spartina grass. Once you put in you can go to the right or left and ultimately follow the creek back to the where you started without backtracking, perfect for a quick trip. If you’re interested in more than a loop you can either follow the creek toward its mouth or its ending. If you head up the creek, be very mindful of tides. When kayaking salt water marshes it is always a good idea to launch your kayak on a rising tide to avoid getting trapped in mud when the tide goes out. No matter how far you go, the Marshland Boat Landing has the added benefit of being situated next to The Old Oyster Factory, a large building with red roofs, so you will be able to find your way back with ease.

Who is Going to Love It Broad Creek is great for anyone who wants to explore Hilton Head’s salt water marshes and tidal creeks. The wildlife is abundant, with a chance to see a number of birds, fish, or the occasional marsh mink. Sometimes even alligators will leave their freshwater homes for a healing salt water dip, so keep your eyes out. Being as large as it is, the creek has waterways that are wide and deep. This makes it perfect for people who just want to get out on the water, soak up some sun, and get some exercise. You will have very few worries when it comes to tidal stranding and using the Old Oyster Factory as reference it is nearly impossible to get lost in the spartina grass.

Directions, Trailheads, and Regulations The Marshland Road Boat Landing is located at 97 Marshland. Going north on 278 you will take a left onto Matthews Drive and after about a quarter mile you will hit a small traffic circle, take the second exit for Marshland Road. The boat landing will be about a mile down on your left, and can be easy to miss. If you pass the Old Oyster Factory you’ve gone too far. The landing is open 24/7 but does not allow overnight parking.

Location

Broad Creek

97 Marshland Land
Hilton Head, SC, 29926
32.200156, -80.71829

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