Beach Access for People with Disabilities

The Town of Hilton Head Island wants everyone to be able to enjoy the beach! We have made our beach more accommodating with accessibility features.

Beach Wheelchair Program

The Town makes it easier for people with disabilities to access the beach through its beach wheelchair program.

This free service provides residents and visitors who are mobility-challenged with a way to get to the beach.Beach Wheelchair on the beach at the edge of the water

Three wheelchairs are available for use at Islanders Beach Park in Folly Field and three wheelchairs are available at Coligny Beach Park.

  • Beachgoers will be able to reserve a wheelchair through the Town's website.
  • A $25 refundable deposit via credit card will be required to make a wheelchair reservation.
  • Upon making a reservation, a code will be sent to the user so they can unlock the reserved wheelchair at the specific beach park location and lock the wheelchair once it is returned.
  • Wheelchairs must be reserved three days in advance.

Reserve a Beach Wheelchair

Beach Matting

All of the Town's public beach parks and accesses have beach matting installed for easier beach access.Mobimat Beach Matting at Colingy Beach Park leading to the beach and ocean

Beach matting provides a rigid, non-slip surface for wheelchairs, pedestrians, strollers, beach wagons, bikes, etc., that that makes going over sand easier.

The beach matting extends out to the hard sand at the high tide line to allow for more mobility up and down the beach.

Overlook Pavilion at Islanders Beach Park

A new pavilion at Islanders Beach Park gives visitors with disabilities or other special needs a chance to enjoy the beach.Beach Overlook Pavilion and ramp

Located next to the existing boardwalk at Islanders Beach Park at 94 Folly Filed Road, the pavilion features a wide entry way to accommodate wheelchairs and built-in benches for seating.

Anyone visiting the beach park can use the pavilion, but it has been specifically sized and designed for individuals who have a disability that limits their access to the beach.