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Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Southwest tip of island, accessible via U.S. 278, South End, Hilton Head, SC 29926
843 363 1872
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Ranked #8 of 58 attractions in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Walking
Description: Walk through mushy swamps on elevated boardwalks at this 400-acre nature preserve.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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104 reviews 104 reviews
40 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

If you're staying in Sea Pines, there is no additional fee for the Forest Preserve. If you're not staying there, it's $5 plus $1/bike. There are a lot of well-marked and well-maintained trails that you can walk, bike and/or horseback ride through. There are boardwalks in a number of areas. The lakes have turtles and alligators. If you're a birder,... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful dive to the lighthouse. We saw lots of alligators and turtles. What a great job at keeping nature pure.We will definitely return through every visit to this island.

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Arlington, Virginia
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199 reviews 199 reviews
70 attraction reviews
249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Be advised that this is within Sea Pines, so if you aren't staying in that community they charge to enter ($5 per car plus $1 per bike if you have any). We rode through the preserve on our bicycles and it was all easy going. The bikes have to follow the car path, so occasionally we would have to get... More

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Newmarket, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Enjoyed a lovely walk through the reserve in late afternoon. Only saw a handful of other people. Such an unspoilt environment. Unfortunately we didn't see any sort of wild life in over two hours but apart from that it was a lovely place to explore.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

After paying our admission fee to get into Sea Pines, we drove through here and passed numerous alligators and turtles on our way to the light house. Beautiful drive and I wished we had planned to bike out here instead (we came here spur of the moment to see the lighthouse, not realizing you had to pay to get in... More

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Dahlonega, Georgia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Trails and markers are kept up very well but locating the right place to park was difficult to locate on the map. We were locating the Indian shell ring but identifying roads on the map to find the place was confusing.

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NASHUA,NH
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

It was nice and lots to see. Only rode thru a small part but it was nice. There were some gators sunny themselves and a few brown rabbits just hanging out in the sun.

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Milton, Delaware
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is a wonderful, 600 acre place to walk and enjoy nature. There are several lakes that are home to alligators, turtles and many different species of birds. There is a beautiful wildflower field in the spring. The trails are well-maintained and well-marked, but I suggest grabbing a map at the entrance if you are not... More

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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Highly recommend taking some time to go through here. It was a bit chilly the day we went so we only walked to see the Shell Circle, which was very interesting, and drove through the rest. We saw tons of turtles, gators and birds of all kinds very close up. Had we been walking pretty sure we wouldn't have gotten... More

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London, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

What a great plan Charles Fraser had way back when. He took this major part of the south end of the island, put in roads, bike trails and kept this 605 acre preserve. There is golf here too. But to save this and not develop it was a great idea. We came for a 6 night stay in Sea Pines... More

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