The town of Port Royal is located between the Beaufort River and Battery Creek in the South Carolina Low country. The town is home to two military installations, Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island and Naval Hospital, Beaufort, as well as neighbor to the historic City of Beaufort and The Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort. The town takes pride in its unique natural environment and its accessibility to that environment through its network of walking trails, community beach, boardwalk, and observation tower, Port Royal is experiencing significant growth which has led to the revitalization of the traditional, historical, mixed-use core; the renovation of historic homes; residential infill in and around downtown; and the expansion of the town’s neighborhood elementary school, Port Royal Elementary. Port Royal seeks to foster community and direct new development with the guidance of a Neo-Traditional Master Plan. The town of Port Royal seeks to foster community and direct new development with the guidance of a Neo-Traditional Master Plan. The town of Port Royal is recognized as one of America’s leaders in small town New Urbanism. Learn more about Port Royal here.
Points of Interest
The Union Church, also known as “The Free Church” was the first church built in the town of Port Royal. The church is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The church is located at 1004 11th Street.
1610 Paris Avenue. This structure was built and used as a customs house. It was later used as a Masonic Lodge and a bakery. In the 1890’s it was used as headquarters for the Palmetto Post Newspaper now known as The Beaufort Gazette.
The Lowcountry Estuarium is a learning center designed to provide hands-on learning about the coastal environments of our beautiful area, such as saltmarshes, beaches, coastal waters and estuaries.
SC State Ports Authority
Located at the end of Paris Avenue. Like many roads in Beaufort County, this one ends at the water. Imagine what it might have been like over one hundred years ago, when sailors with money to spend would have flocked to Paris Avenue to eat, drink, and purchase supplies for the next leg of their journey.
The town of Port Royal’s Farmers Market opens in April every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. through October. The location of the market is the Naval Heritage Park in front of the Naval Hospital.
The Sands Beach Area
“The Sands”, as it is affectionately called by locals, contains a boardwalk along Port Royal Sound. A half mile round trip hike will take you to the observation tower (visible in the distance). This tower is at the edge of the Port Authority area, which was the site of the first documented shrimp docs in South Carolina.