Beaufort’s waterfront is a romantic, colorful, and lively area. It is hard to imagine that it used to be run down, filled with dilapidated docks, trash and old tires. In the 1960s, Willie Scheper, Beaufort’s mayor started the effort to overhaul the space. The park officially opened in 1979. Mayor Henry C. Chambers continued expanding on the original vision. The park was named after him. More renovations in 2001 and 2005 led to the park’s current beautiful state. It quickly gained popularity among visitors and locals alike. There is a fun playground with drinking water and bathrooms, a large marina, an assortment of restaurants, ice cream and coffee shops, a waterfront walking path, a stage. The park is open dusk to dawn and offers plenty of benches and swings for seating. There are a number of plaques detailing the history of the area next to the playground.
The town of Beaufort was chartered in 1711 by the British. It is the second oldest city in South Carolina after Charleston. It was named after Henry Somerset, 2nd duke of Beaufort. Gigantic moss-covered oak trees line the road leading to the marina. Visitors can spot beautiful antebellum houses turned Bed and Breakfast hotels with a beautiful view of the water. I enjoyed my walk by the moss draped oak trees. When visiting in March 2021, we saw tourists on a horse-drawn carriage listening to their tour guide, children delighting in Italian ice, couples holding hands as they walked by the water, teens throwing frisbees, families swinging gently while admiring the scenic view before them. The post below has been updated with new photos on subsequent visits. Beaufort is a quaint, historic town with most beautiful sunsets.
If you happen to be around Beaufort in mid-July, check out the town’s annual Water Festival at this park.
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- Old Sheldon Church ruins
- Fripp Island
- Hunting Island State Park
- Beaufort Waterfront
- Cypress Wetlands
- Horseback Riding at Camelot Farms