Welcome to Beaufort County,
Beaufort County is located in the lowcountry of South Carolina and
Beaufort is its county seat. It is one of the South's fastest
growing counties, primarily because of development south of the
Broad River clustered along the U.S. Highway 278 corridor. The
northern portions of the county have also grown steadily, due in
part to the strong military presence around the city of Beaufort. As
defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hilton Head Island–Beaufort
Micropolitan Statistical Area comprises Beaufort and Jasper
Counties. Beaufort County's population is over 70% urban. The two
portions of the county are physically connected via the Broad River
Bridge, which carries South Carolina Highway 170.
Nestled between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia -
Beaufort County is rich with history, culture and outdoor beauty.
Beaufort County is composed of hundreds of barrier and sea islands
and its warm climate, pristine beaches, vibrant Gullah traditions
and true southern hospitality welcome visitors from all over the
world throughout the year. Beaufort County is home to the famous
Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the internationally
known luxury resort of Hilton Head Island. Gorgeous private islands,
abundant waterways and nature preserves embellish the landscape.
Vast expanses of marshlands and lush maritime forests create
spectacular scenic vistas and rich habitat for egrets, herons,
pelicans, dolphins and other wildlife species.