On The Water
Whether you’re looking for a reel good time or just a scenic ride through the Coastal Carolina marshlands, you’ll be out on the water early and often at Palmetto Bluff. For anglers, the options are as delightful as a Friday night fish fry – casting for largemouth bass in the freshwater ponds, fly-fishing for redfish in the salt marsh flats, trolling for trophies in the depths of the Atlantic. Whether you catch and release or cook up a perfect shore lunch, you’ll be thrilled to experience an array of fishing at its finest.
Of course, the smooth and scenic waterways provide plenty of entertainment for those who aren’t inclined to bait the hook. You’ve never truly experienced a Lowcountry sunrise or sunset until you’ve seen one from a kayak or canoe, and the miles of water trails make for a paddler’s paradise. Palmetto Bluff offers plenty of group watercraft adventure and private charters, including the meticulously restored 1913 yacht Grace – a truly amazing way to experience the Carolina waters.
These are just a few of the activities that can be experienced on the waters in and around Palmetto Bluff:
- Boat tours to historic Daufuskie Island
- Boat tours to private beaches
- Full and half days on the water tubing and skiing
- Scenic dolphin tours
- Salt-water fishing
- Fresh-water fishing
Explore the waters of the May River aboard the decks of one of our two exquisite yachts. GRACE, sets sail on weekly scenic cruises, wine cruises and a Saturday mimosas cruise and can also be reserved for private charters. PALMETTO BLUFF, a Hinckley Picnic Boat plays host to private charters and smaller group excursions on the river. Learn a little more about our exclusive fleet and choose the host of your cruise on the May.
GRACE, named in honor of R. T. Wilson’s sister, wife of Cornelius “Neily” Vanderbilt, III, celebrated her 100th birthday at Palmetto Bluff in March 2013. She has the unique distinction of being one of the last remaining examples of the early gas-powered yachts built prior to World War I. She has had a long history of colorful owners, which our captains will happily share with you as you cruise the May River.
The vessel was abandoned several times over the years, but in 1990, a partnership of antique yacht aficionados moved her to Fairhaven, MA, where a rebuilding project was begun. In the winter of 2014, Palmetto Bluff began a complete restoration that has brought GRACE to her current beauty.
PALMETTO BLUFF, a Hinckley picnic boat, offers a unique luxury boating experience for up to 6 people. The Hinckley name is synonymous with the highest levels of yachting. Craftsmanship rooted in Maine’s maritime heritage. Every aspect of boat building comes together to create an original work of art in the Hinckley construction. Hull construction, deck layout, joinery, salon and cockpit design are all integrated and rendered as a single concept. This is undoubtedly a memorable mode of transportation for seeing the sights of the coastal waterways.
Palmetto Bluff Conservancy
The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy is dedicated to increasing our understanding of the natural and cultural environment of the Lowcountry.
From biological and archaeological studies by PhD-level scientists to the “citizen science” bluebird survey, the Conservancy team is actively involved in a number of research initiatives at the Bluff. Current projects include surveys of alligator, turtle, white-tailed deer and bird populations, monitoring of bald eagle nests, a study of cavity-nest use and correlation with habitat, and the analysis of artifacts from antebellum Pettigrew Plantation.
Guests may participate in research, tour with the Conservancy or attend monthly lectures.
Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club
Hunting and the shooting sports have been a long-standing tradition on Palmetto Bluff for years (if not centuries). The Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club features 13 sporting clays stations winding through an expansive 40-acre forest. An elevated and covered 5-stand station, plus a wobble deck field make for a total of 15 shooting sites. The course is designed to be subordinate to the landscape while providing a fun and challenging recreational shooting environment for the novice through advanced shooter, regardless of age, ability, or experience.
Wilson Lawn & Racquet Club
This expansive club facility includes eight Har-Tru tennis courts with four courtside shelters, two bocce courts, six pickleball courts, one basketball court and a well-equipped pro shop and pavilion. Healthy populations of pine and live oak provide shade and ambiance, while two lighted, exhibition-size courts are home to plenty of excitement, day and night. Clinics, lessons and tournaments complete the experience, so your whole family can look forward to the next big court appearance when playing tennis or pickleball at Palmetto Bluff.
Your stay would be incomplete without time spent actively exploring the brilliant natural setting that gives the community its distinctive spirit. Navigate through this natural playground comprising 20,000 acres of ecological diversity. View our sample itineraries to see the possibilities for adventure to fill your days.
Longfield Stables’ 173-acre farm, boarding and training facility stands out among the best in the country. The Stables include a covered arena, an FEI regulation outdoor dressage arena, a 5-acre turf event field available for schooling horses and special events, main barn and receiving barn, both featuring oversized stalls.
Boundary Bowling & Game Room
The social hub of Moreland Village, the Boundary features a four-lane, state of the art bowling alley and game room equipped with pool tables, a foosball and shuffleboard table, board games and card tables.
Explore the Bluff
Exploring the Bluff is a breeze with options that encourage being outdoors and healthy exercise. Our Recreation team in the Carriage House by the River House is your expert source for bicycle rentals and golf cart rentals.
Our bicycles are custom-designed for our resort guests by State Bicycle Co. Guests staying in the Inn, Guest Houses or Homes may rent bicycles. Bikes are available in adult and children’s sizes, with adjustable seat heights and we have a select few tandem and trail behind bicycles. Our bike trailers are ideal for small children not yet comfortable on a bike. Golf carts are a common mode of transportation as well around the property.
Headed to Moreland for a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture or hot sandwich at Canteen? Hop on bicycles and follow the River Road trail to wind deep through Palmetto Bluff’s breathtaking maritime forest. Elegantly dressed and headed to a birthday celebration with your family and friends? Climb in a comfortable four-seater golf cart for a quick ride. If neither suit your need for speed or exploration beyond the Bluff, enjoy a complimentary driving experience in a Cadillac.
Fitness & Pools
Our fitness facilities let you stay connected to your physical conditioning far from your daily routine. The River House Pool proves ideal for swimming laps or leisurely lounging. At the Inn, the Family Pool and Spa Fitness Pool provide additional options for aquatic relaxation or exercise. Our state-of-the-art Fitness Center with floor-to-ceiling windows and high-end cardio and strength-training equipment makes your workout a breeze. And a welcoming movement studio for spinning, yoga and Pilates classes encourages you to break a sweat.
Holidays bring a wealth of activity to the resort. Friends and family gather year after year celebrating with classic traditions and creating new ones. Property-wide team scavenger hunts across the twenty thousand acres, themed parades along the Village Green, 5k runs, poolside celebrations and so many more activities are a part of the experience of Palmetto Bluff. The greatest gift of all are the memories created.
The South is an area rooted in tradition and we delight in sharing these authentic experiences with our guests. Discover a place where bicycles are a main mode of transportation, afternoons are spent “porching” – socializing while sipping sweet tea and nightfall reflections on the day’s events while roasting s’mores. We invite you to experience the traditions of South Carolina Lowcountry.