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Exploring the Historic May River

At Hilton Head Lakes, history surrounds you. It is everywhere: in the towns, in the Lowcountry way of life, and even in the waterways. The May River is no exception.



The town of Bluffton was founded on a high bluff overlooking this pristine waterway. But it isn’t the only place to see along the river. From Bluffton, ease on down the river to Palmetto Bluff where the oldest artifacts date back to 10,000 B.C. and twenty-one antebellum plantations once stood.


The river is home to a wide variety of wildlife: sea turtles, otters, eagles, dolphins, great blue herons, rare tree frogs and the marshy banks offer refuge to fiddler crabs and snails, among others. But the most famous wildlife inhabitants of the river are the oysters. In fact, Bluffton’s world-famous oysters come from the May River. It’s no wonder that oyster festivals are so popular throughout the area.


Want to know more? Excursion opportunities abound. You can kayak the river, take boat tours, and fish at Palmetto Bluff – both salt water and fresh water – or take the water taxi to Daufuskie Island through the back waterways and marshes. The May River has been central to life in the Lowcountry for generations and continues to be a source of commerce and recreation.


Come explore the May River and life in the Lowcountry. Hilton Head Lakes has a lot to offer. Schedule a Discovery Visit today and come see for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.


Hilton Head Lakes is a debt free community in South Carolina, and one of the best places to retire. It’s the perfect balance between gated community and world-class resort. With the addition of Realstar Builders, we’re creating homes that are built to last. Schedule a Discovery Visit today and experience Hilton Head Lakes for yourself.



Palmetto Bluff

Bluffton South Carolina


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