Driessen Beach Park and Burke’s Beach

Driessen Beach Park and Burke's Beach

Overview

Area name

Driessen Beach Park and Burke's Beach

Area Location

Mid-Island. South of Port Royal Plantation, 6 to 7 miles from the bridge, several roads lead to the Atlantic Ocean to the left off Hwy 278. Dreissen Beach Park is at the foot of Bradley Beach Road; Burke’s Beach is at the end of Burke’s Beach Road, as is the Chapin Community Park that fronts Hwy 278.

Area Map

Access

No fees at this Town of Hilton Head park.

Facilities

  • Dreissen Beach Park has a parking area, restrooms, nature trails and a boardwalk through the dunes providing beach access.
  • At the foot of Burke’s Beach Road there is limited parking near a path to Burke’s Beach.
  • There is more parking at nearby Chapin Community Park.

Key Birds

Resident

Clapper Rail, herons and egrets in the marsh.

Spring

Shorebirds and Osprey on the beach, Brown Pelican, Gulls, Terns.

Summer

Brown-headed Nuthatch in the pines of Chapin Community Park.

Fall

Painted Bunting on the upper dunes.

Background

  • Given the level of human activity, birds are not always present but during the cooler months, Burke’s Beach is a pleasant location and good birds a possibility. Loblolly Pines and salt-sheared Live Oaks line the marsh on one side; on the other, the dunes with their Sea Oats and other pioneer plants protect the marsh ravages from the ocean.  Many other animal species occupy and make a good living in the transitional zone between the woodlands and the beach, as well as above the low tide line on the beach itself, one of the island’s better shelling areas.
  • Along the path to the beach, there is a saltmarsh on both sides of the Folly, a tidal creek that runs into the ocean at the south end of Burke’s Beach.
  • On the beach, particularly at the entrance to the Folly, gulls, terns, and shorebirds frequently rest.

Birds To Watch