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May River — Bluffton, South Carolina

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Bluffton is situated on the north bluff of the May River, giving the Beaufort County town its name. The river winds through the Old Town area of Bluffton, which locals call “the last true coastal village of the South.” In the heart of the Old Town, one can experience the mystery of the river with one of the many outfitters that navigate nature lovers along the waterway to view dolphins, catch shrimp, or just enjoy the rhythm of the tides.

May River

Andie Dick of Aiken, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

May River Sunset

Russ Greene of Bluffton, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Lamar Nix of Seabrook © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Sailboat on the May River in Bluffton

Reggie Murphy of Columbia, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

May River

Kim Holstein of Bluffton, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on the May River

Bluffton’s Russ Greene, who contributed the stunning panorama at the top of this page, explains why he loves the May River: “The May River is a Bluffton tradition. This picture is taken overlooking the ‘bluff’ from which the town’s name originated. Whether buying fresh seafood from the Bluffton Oyster Company, spending lazy summer afternoons on the sandbar, or fishing off of one of the many docks on its shores, the May River is a local treasure.”

The second photo is entitled “Night Music” and it was contributed by friend of the South Carolina Picture Project Lamar Nix, who hails from nearby Seabrook. Lamar took this photo on a swamp off of the May River and writes, “This is a good example of the kind of bold colors and drama one can get from photographing the night sky after sunset. The reflections in the dark waters served to amplify the drama in the sky, and together suggested the title.”

Kim Holstein, also of Bluffton, submitted the final shot on this page and says, “This photo was taken off the Calhoun Street dock facing west down the historic May River. The shrimp boats you see in the distance are docked at the Bluffton Oyster Company, a locally owned family company that still fishes the waters of the May River daily.”

Add your own reflections here.

May River Map

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6 Comments about May River

Erma EllisNo Gravatar says:
January 12th, 2018 at 9:24 pm

The photo by Andie Dick is just absolutely gorgeous. The perspective is great and hues are beautiful. Make a good photo for the wall.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
October 21st, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Good question! We have noticed that Google Earth tends to label many harbor waterways “Harbor River,” which makes it confusing since there is actually a Harbor River in Beaufort County!

Nick TaylorNo Gravatar says:
October 21st, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Why is the map shown on this page titled “May River Map” have the May River labeled “Harbor River”?

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
August 27th, 2014 at 2:00 pm

While our website does not have specific information on properties for sale, maybe our real estate guide can lead you to someone in Bluffton: Best of luck!

barbara lorrisNo Gravatar says:
August 27th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Could you send me info on real estate for sale on the May River?

Larry L. MillerNo Gravatar says:
December 13th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Anyone know the “accepted” length of the May River? I assume the mouth is the Atlantic Ocean. I am compiling a reference book on rivers of the world, currently with ca. 7,500 entries. Thank you.


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