The dock at Squire Pope prohibits motorized vehicles of any kind making it extremely kayak friendly. It is set back in a small alcove of Skull Creek which offers calm kayaking away from the hazards of larger motorized marine vessels.
The Rowing and Sailing Center at Squire Pope Community Park is a brand new facility installed by the town of Hilton Head. It opened in December of 2014 and is home to an immense floating docked geared toward launching your next paddle. The dock sits in a sheltered area of Skull Creek making it perfect for kayaking. Skull Creek is a large inter-coastal waterway that provides access the marshes of Pinckney Island and offers views of a large portion of Hilton Head’s northern shore.
What Makes it GreatThe dock at Squire Pope prohibits motorized vehicles of any kind making it extremely kayak friendly. It is set back in a small alcove of Skull Creek which offers calm kayaking away from the hazards of larger motorized marine vessels. The floating dock itself is very low to the water making it incredibly easy to get in and out of your kayak. Once you’ve put in, the options are endless. With Skull Creek being as large as it is, you can tailor your paddle to your preferences. If you want a marathon paddle to Port Royal Sound you can do that. If you’d prefer an hour on the water to enjoy the sights, you will find a place to do that here at Squire Pope Community Park. Whatever direction you head you will enjoy world class kayaking. At low tide you can work your way through the exposed oyster beds and watch as Oystercatchers pry the shells open with their beaks. At high tide these beds are submerged and you can make your way directly across Skull Creek to Pinckney Island and explore the salt water marshes there. The construction of this dock brings free public kayak access to a waterway that was largely out of reach for non-motorized boaters beforehand. As summer picks up and word spreads you are likely to find many other paddlers leaving from the dock which makes it a great place to meet other like-minded people.
Who is Going to Love ItFor people who have visited and kayaked the island before, this is an ideal location to add a little variety to your adventures. The floating dock is very long and is able to accommodate large groups of kayakers, so if you’re launching a large group this is the place to do it. Because of its sheltered location the waters surrounding the dock are great for new kayakers, but with access to the entire inter-coastal waterway if you are looking for more adventurous seas, you can find them.
Directions, Trailheads, and RegulationsThe park is located at 133 Squire Pope Road, directly across from Blazing Star Lane. If you are heading north on 278 Squire Pope will be on your right at the last light before you get to the bridges that leave the island. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. It is open to the public at all times but rowing and sailing clubs do use the dock so you may encounter them from time to time. The pier leading to the floating dock is rather long, so if you are unable to carry your kayak long distances make sure that you have some way to get it down the pier, whether it be another person or a cart.