Tim Lovett of Higher Ground: Making Outdoor Fitness Fun

via Lanier Lainey of The Island News

I’m sure you’ve seen the kayaks piled outside of Higher Ground (located caddy corner to Bi-Lo in the Beaufort Town Center shopping center) and wondered, “Can I do that?”

“Sure you can,” says owner Tim Lovett. “At Higher Ground we sell fun and adventure. We are Beaufort’s premier outdoor outfitter specializing in paddle sports.” Read More...

Higher Ground Outfitters Featured in Buckhaven Lifestyle June 2014

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Beaufort Memorial Hospital - Living Well Summer 2014

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Gear Up For Summer

via Mark Shaffer of Lowcountry Weekly

For a lot of locals and visitors alike, summer in the Lowcountry is all about being on, in or near the water. It's second nature for natives. After all, when you live on an island you're never far from water, and if you grew up in Beaufort chances are a large part of your summer was spent A) on a sandbar, B) in the river, C) on a boat or D) A, B and C. Read More...


Higher Ground Changes Owners

By Wendy Pollitzer of The Island News

Despite the tough economic times, the former owners of Higher Ground, Ashley and Shelby Bishop, are pleased to introduce the store’s new proprietor, Tim Lovett. Read More...


Where Proud Southern Heritage Meets A Modern Coastline


Local outdoorsman Tim Lovett at Higher Ground Outfitters will get you kayaking through the tidal marshes, land paddling (long skate board plus a stubby paddle = tons of fun) along the newly paved rail-to-trail 3.3 mile Spanish Moss Trail or stand up paddle boarding where you feel like a ship captain exploring a new world. We were joined by dolphins, working shrimp boats and small leisure boats as we paddled out from Waterfront Park downtown and into the Beaufort River early one misty morning. Read More...


Higher Ground Presents Friends of Hunting Island With Check


Earlier today, Beaufort’s Higher Ground Outfitters presented a check to Friends of Hunting Island for the proceeds raised during the 9th Annual Paddlefest kayak and canoe race at Hunting Island State Park.

Pictured (from l to r) are Jon Greene, President of Friends of Hunting Island, Tim Lovett, Owner of Higher Ground Outfitters,  and Jeff Atkins, Park Manager of Hunting Island State Park. Read More...


Meet A Local: Tim Lovett


Most mornings local Tim Lovett can be found on his standup paddle board. Standing up on an elongated surfboard of sorts—known colloquially as a SUP board—Tim begins the day with balance and endurance, slicing through the river with an elevated perspective. Standup paddle boarding is actually an emerging global sport originating from Hawaii; but its emergence in the quaint water town of Beaufort is for the most part thanks to Tim. (Even if he won’t admit it.) Read More...



"It's like REI of the lowcountry!"

"I'm in love with this store. It has some of everything for an outdoor person. You can rent or buy or just wander the store playing with the stuff. The staff was super nice and the lil puppy was very welcoming. Can't wait to go back!"

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Local Best of Awards

~ Best Sporting Goods Store

~ Best Outdoor Outfitters


WHHI-TV's Summer Guide Series


North Of Broad Video Series

Check out a few videos located inside our store. North of Broad often films at Higher Ground, highlighting local businesses doing good within the community.