Jarvis Creek Paddling

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Jarvis Creek lies on the north end of Hilton Head Island, and opens up into Harbor River. Jarvis Creek is one of the largest waterways that cuts into Hilton Head, meaning this is the route you want to paddle if you’re looking to go inshore.

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Logan Waddell

Destination Distance From Downtown

3.5 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

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Jarvis Creek lies on the north end of Hilton Head Island, and opens up into Calibogue Sound. Jarvis Creek is one of the waterways that cuts into Hilton Head, meaning this is the route you want to paddle if you’re looking to go inshore. This creek rises and falls with the tides. Catch a high tide for more opportunities to paddle down tidal creeks that tangent off of Jarvis Creek, or paddle during low tide for a completely different experience.

What Makes it Great Jarvis creek is one of the most natural places to paddle on Hilton Head. A lot of the lagoons and creeks within the island are engineered, or completely man made all together. Jarvis creek allows you to see the interior of the island from a completely natural perspective. The creek also leads you straight to Honey Horn Plantation, a great place to load out of the kayaks and do some exploring around the historic grounds there. Wildlife is abundant throughout Jarvis Creek, and it is never crowded with paddlers.

Who’s Going to Love It  Anyone who loves to paddle calm waters, whether on SUP or kayak. This creek is excellent for beginners. It’s extremely calm and narrow, and there is a significantly less traffic than paddling the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon. If you enjoy a quiet paddling trip, then go here. The only thing to keep in mind is the tide. Paddling into the interior of the island when the tide is falling can be tiresome. It’s best to paddle up the creek on an incoming high tide, explore the tidal creeks, and head back on the outgoing low tide, otherwise you’ll be paddling against a very strong current.

Directions, Trailhead, Regulations Drop in at the causeway on Spanish Wells Road to either go up Jarvis Creek or down to Calibogue Sound. There is no launch fee, but then again you’re going to have to rough it a little bit off the causeway to get into the water, since there is no landing. The Causeway is about half a mile down Spanish Wells Rd, and it’s best to have someone drop you off, or have a buddy take the vehicle somewhere safe to park, like the parking lot at Hilton Head Humane Association.

Location

Jarvis Creek

Jarvis Creek
Hilton Head, SC, 29926
32.215978, -80.737187

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