Jarvis Creek Park

Jarvis Creek Park

Overview

Area name

Jarvis Creek Park

Area Location

It is on Jarvis Park Road. North Island. Coming onto the island, turn right on Jarvis Park Street, the first stoplight past the intersection of Business 278 with the Cross Island Toll Road (Gumtree Road).

Area Map

Access

  • Open in daylight hours.
  • Admission is free at this Town of Hilton Head Island property.

Facilities

  • Parking.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Restrooms.
  • Water.
  • Picnic facilities and playground.
  • Paved trail connects to the island’s bicycle trails.
  • Fishing dock.

Key Birds

Resident

Pied-billed Grebe, Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron (possible but uncommon), Tricolored Heron (possible but uncommon), White Ibis, Wood Stork (possible but uncommon), Ring-billed Gull, Belted Kingfisher, White-eyed Vireo, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Eastern Towhee, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse.

Spring

Migrating songbirds

Fall

Migrating songbirds

Winter

Double-crested Cormorant, Bonaparte’s Gull, Hooded Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Wilson’s Snipe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Background

  • A boardwalk and paved trail around the lake connects to the island’s bike trails.
  • A 53-acre park in an area of thick pine forest with an 11-acre lake.
  • The lake attracts water birds during winter months and is home to resident waders.
  • Lake edges attract passerines, both resident and migrant.

Birds To Watch