Located just across the bridge from Hilton Head Island, Bluffton blends the charm of a quaint town with the modern conveniences of twenty-first century life. This historic South Carolina haven offers a fascinating window into the Lowcountry's past, present and future. Antebellum homes, historic churches and unique shops line the moss-shaded streets of Bluffton's historic district. This charming Lowcountry town continues to attract visitors and residents in search of a relaxed lifestyle and strong sense of community. Discover Bluffton!
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Bluffton prides itself on the mixture of new and old and we are concerned about keeping our resources intact. Read our Bluffton's Covenant:
As citizens of Bluffton, we hold the following to be true:
That social, cultural and economic diversity and inclusiveness are the essence of our community;
That we bear responsibility for the stewardship of nature's blessings entrusted to us in Bluffton and along the May River;
That freedom and civic duty work hand-in-hand to create a culture of individuality and a sense of community;
That our natural, physical and cultural history are worthy of our protection as trustees in order for us to embrace our future.
Acknowledging these truths, we aspire to the following goals:
To build upon our historic foundation a future that celebrates diversity, nurtures neighborliness and ensures a future of opportunity for generations to come;
To enhance the natural beauty and the quality of the May River and its watershed;
To protect the architectural heritage of Old Town Bluffton;
To enhance the canopy of trees and natural landscape throughout Bluffton;
To engage the creative human spirit and the arts within Bluffton;
To protect and enhance the oyster, shrimping and fishing opportunities of the May River;
To provide housing opportunities for all citizens that are decent, affordable, and Bluffton beautiful;
To nurture respect for each citizen.
You don't want to miss historic Bluffton near the May River for some of the most unique shopping and dining in our area. It's all blended with colorful and creative art galleries, history up and down local streets, and dining for lunch and dinner in charming settings. The Bluffton Old Town Merchant Society warmly encourages visitors to come and spend an afternoon or a day discovering historic Bluffton. Flower boxes and rocking chairs, fun garden art and sculptures, a kitty cat or a dog lounging on a front porch store entrance, and lots of smiles await you.
The Town of Bluffton is located in Beaufort County, the southernmost coastal county in South Carolina. It is situated on a high bluff overlooking the May River, a pristine waterway that has strongly contributed to the Town's history and continued success. Bluffton is located just 12 miles west of Hilton Head Island, SC and approximately 20 miles northeast of Savannah, GA. It is also easily accessible from Intrastate Highways 46, 170, & 278 and Interstate 95.
Bluffton recently expanded its territory by 32,000 acres through annexation of primarily four tracts of undeveloped land, becoming the fifth largest town in South Carolina (by land area). These recent annexations have created a challenge for government officials and citizens to preserve the Town's rich historical heritage and character.
The Greenways and Leisure Trails Map on the following page shows the most recent Bluffton Town Limits. Since tracts of land are annexed individually, it sometimes creates pockets of unincorporated land throughout a particular area. Such is the case with the Bluffton. However, the catch here is that Bluffton Township (i.e. Fire district) overlays one continuous area of land combining property within the Town limits with the unincorporated pockets of land. Therefore, those who are not within in Town limits can still have a Bluffton mailing address if you are in the Township.
Thus, the Town limits consist of the original one-square mile (Old Town), four primary annexed tracts of land (Shults Tract, Palmetto Bluff Tract, Buckwalter Tract, and Jones Estate), and a number of auxiliary annexations (Bluffton Village, Village at Verdier, Shultz-Goethe Road Area, and Willow Run).
*SC Hwy 46 is also known as: May River Road between New River Bridge and 4-Way intersection of Boundary & Bruin Streets, Bluffton & May River Roads; Bluffton Road between US Hwy 278 and 4-Way intersection
*The portion of SC Hwy. 46 between the New River Bridge and the four-way stop sign in Bluffton�s Old Town is known as May River Road. Furthermore, the portion of SC Hwy. 46 between US 278 and the four-way stop sign in Old Town is called Bluffton Road.
*Additionally, US 278 is known as Fording Island Road between the Beaufort/Jasper County line and the bridge to Hilton Head Island.