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Sea Pines Forest Preserve

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Address: Southwest tip of island, accessible via U.S. 278, South End, Hilton Head, SC 29926
Phone Number: 843 363 1872
Activities: Walking
Description: Walk through mushy swamps on elevated boardwalks at this 400-acre nature...
Walk through mushy swamps on elevated boardwalks at this 400-acre nature preserve.
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Lovely paths and quite swampy

Spent about an hour here on recommendation by our friends. Nice walking paths and pretty South Carlolina scenery. Lots of birds, and bet there are some gators in here....

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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89 reviews 89 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Spent about an hour here on recommendation by our friends. Nice walking paths and pretty South Carlolina scenery. Lots of birds, and bet there are some gators in here....

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Niagara Falls, New York
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

We had heard about the Sea Pines Preserve so took a little trip there, just up from our hotel. You need to know that there is a $6 fee per car to visit the Sea Pines enclave in order the get to the preserve. We walked in one end from the Lawton Road entrance. It was a great little walk,... More 

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West Chester, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Great place for a quiet nature walk. Benches to sit andnjoy the surroundings. Trails are clearly marked and easily accessible. Plant species are marked for education. Access is free, and a very nice trail map is available. There is also a place for donations, which we gladly contributed to in order to hopefully ensure the continued availability of the preserve.

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orillia ,on,canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Everything was serene , scenic, with its lush vegetation, trees, and tiny little vistas surrounded by little lakes. Very enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere!

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Pittsburgh
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Great trails with interesting information signs. Contains lakes for fishing. Lots of wildlife, including alligators

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Great place to take the family on a walk through a lovely forest preserve. There is also a boat ride through the area where you will see alligators and different bird species.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

In the middle of an elegant and sometimes pretentious luxury spot you have 600 acres of nature. Cited by the Audubon society as a great bird place, walk or bike or just sit and relax. Way to go sea pines.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A former rice plantation, the Sea Pines Forest Preserve has been allowed to return to nature. Hiking trails and wooden walkways lead to beautiful attractions like the Vanishing Swamp, small lakes with alligators and huge turtles sunning on the banks, herons, bald eagles, ospreys flying overhead. Small birds, reptiles and amphibians abound. One trail leads to a shell ring built... More 

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Hilton head island
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a great place to take your children or grandchildren. Watching the white egrets flocking to the same tree at sunset is fun. There is such a great variety of sea life here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Hilton Head can get pretty busy, but you can definitely escape inside the Forest Preserve. Drive or hike in, the native trees and foliage surround you all the way. Easy trails to hike with ponds along the way in most cases. Check out the Shell Ring--you'll be amazed at what went on hundreds of years ago!

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