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Just over the bridge from Hilton Head Island is the eclectic community of Bluffton. This quaint town offers serene scenery amid some of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s most unforgettable landscapes.
Overlooking the May River, the town of Bluffton was once a sleepy tidewater village. Today Bluffton is one of the fastest growing municipalities in South Carolina and has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of “The Best Places to Retire” for two years in a row. It has also been called the “last true coastal village of the South”. Browse all real estate for sale in Bluffton and the surrounding Mainland including Bluffton Homes, Bluffton Homesites, and Bluffton Villas.
In recent years, the Town of Bluffton has expanded, annexing several additional tracts of land making it one of the top five largest towns in South Carolina. Bluffton is home to two major outlet malls, trendy restaurants, eclectic boutiques and art galleries, major retailers, and growing small businesses.
Throughout Bluffton, you will find several master-planned residential communities consisting of smaller micro-communities, private golf communities, and gated waterfront communities; each one offering amenities to suit the taste and budget of any buyer.
Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
Located between the bridges onto Hilton Head Island lies a place where you can hike back in time to when unspoiled wilderness stretched as far as the eye could see. More than 250 species of birds call Pinckney Island home, and you’ll spot most of them roosting in the branches near the gorgeous “Ibis Pond.” More than two miles of trails give you plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with nature.
The headquarters of the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society lets you take a tour through Bluffton’s antebellum splendor. Painstakingly restored to its original state, the Heyward House was one of a handful of buildings to survive the great “Burning of Bluffton” in 1863. Today, it’s the perfect spot to learn more about Bluffton’s rich history from the Civil War to the present day.
Every Thursday, Calhoun Street is transformed into a weekly festival that’s one part open-air market and one part can’t-miss social hour. Here you can enjoy locally produced seasonal produce from farms across the region or simply tap your toes to rollicking live music. If you want to know what Bluffton is all about, you’ll find it here.
Bluffton Festivals and Events
Bluffton’s social calendar is packed with events big and small. Whether it’s the regular Blufftemberfest events at Oyster Factory Park, the famous Bluffton Christmas Parade or the Calhoun Street lollapalooza that is Mayfest, there’s always something new to enjoy. Mark your calendars now and enjoy the year-round festival that is Bluffton living.
Oyster Factory Park
The peaceful tranquility and respect for tradition that define Bluffton find their ultimate expression at Oyster Factory Park. The pavilion hosts a regular schedule of community events, while the namesake Bluffton Oyster Factory offers a taste of Bluffton’s culinary claim to fame: delicious May River oysters. Spend a moment soaking up the history and the mesmerizing waterfront scenery at the Garvin-Garvey house, one of the few standing freedman’s cottages in the country.
Old Town Bluffton
From high-end couture to treasured antiques, the shops of Old Town Bluffton offer a little something for everyone. Whether it’s the dazzling hand-thrown pottery at Preston Studios or the Southern charm of one of Bluffton’s many gift and antique shops, we can promise you one thing: you will not leave empty-handed.
Dining and entertainment options in Downtown Bluffton are endless.
Long before it was celebrated in national media as one of the most charming small towns in the new South, Bluffton was famous as an enclave for funky, offbeat and eclectic artists. That vibrant creative streak is still alive and well on the walls of our many art galleries. The arts scene has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, opening the doors for fine art galleries to peacefully coexist with their quirkier counterparts, creating a rich tapestry of artistic expression.
Schools In Bluffton
Bluffton homes are close to several public and private schools. They include:
- Bluffton High School
- Church of the Cross School
- H.E. McCracken Middle School
- Bluffton Middle School
- Bluffton Elementary School
- M.C. Riley Elementary School
- Pritchardville Elementary School
- Okatie Elementary School
- Red Cedar Elementary School
- River Ridge Academy
- Hilton Head Elementary School
- Hilton Head Middle School
- Hilton Head High School
- Hilton Head Heritage Academy
- Hilton Head Christian School
- Hilton Head Preparatory Academy
- St. Francis Catholic School
- St Gregory Catholic School
- St Paul the Great Catholic School
- University of South Carolina
- Technical College of the Lowcountry
Recreational/Community Facilities & Parks
- Beaufort County Parks & Recreation Bluffton Pool - Indoor swimming pool with lanes, fee required for use.
- Buckwalter Regional Park - Soccer fields and skateboard park.
- Buckwalter Trail - Wraps around Buckwalter Place.
- DuBois Park - Playground and swings.
- New River Trailhead Park - Nature Trail.
- MC Riley Sports Complex - Basketball and baseball.
- Oscar Frazier Park - Playground, soccer fields and baseball parks.
- Oyster Factory Park
- Pritchard Park
- Bluffton Recreation Center - Tennis, soccer, youth football, and playground.
Boat Landings Near Bluffton
- Oyster Factory Boat Landing - Access to the May River.
- H.E. Trask Boat Landing - Access to the Colleton River.
- Calhoun St. Boat Dock - Access to the May River.
- Alljoy Boat Landing - Access to the May River.
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