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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 #10 of 59 Attractions in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Walking
Description: Walk through mushy swamps on elevated boardwalks at this 400-acre nature preserve.
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Alliston, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Sea Pines forest preserve tries hard to make up for the generally unfriendly attitude do all these "private, wish you would go away" plantations. We've been there many times and apart from a few birds and the occasional alligator there is not much to recommend it. Sure there are trails you can walk and it's leafy and green but it's... More

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Columbia, SC
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We accidentally walked too far to arrive at the forest preserve. Those maps don't seem to be to scale. So we were tired when we got there. From what we saw, it was gorgeous and we would have delved further. The problem is we encountered a gator maybe 5-10 feet off the trail. We saw it and my wife jumped.... More

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California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

In late spring and summer, the wildflower garden is ablaze with color. Five lakes, walking and horse trails, small tour boat glides through Lake Thomas, through the channel, around Lake Mary and back. Expect to see great blue herons, egrets, osprey etc. Picnic shelter and various tables and benches throughout the 600-acre paradise.

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Goose Creek, South Carolina
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Very Nice area, clean & relaxing. Nice restaurants, we ate on the water Enjoyed walking around the different shops.

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Utah
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Ok....I'm going to be the downer on this place. This is a forest in an upscale development. The parking lot where I entered the trail was at the Hilton Head Prep Academy. The trails were OK but I couldn't really get past this being a city folk forest. It didn't feel too authentic to me - more like a park.... More

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Toronto
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144 reviews 144 reviews
50 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Location: In Sea Pines Plantation. If you are not a resident, there is $6 fee to enter the Planation. Getting there: It is a little difficult to find because there is not really great signage. Even coming in I was doubtful, as you get onto what looks like small service road once you get past a filtration plant. Once onto... More

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Rittman, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We visit HHI a couple of times a year and when we are there we look forward to visiting the Preserves. My husband loves fishing there and there's always a glimpse of alligators. It's peaceful if you just wanta read a book,take a walk or go horse back riding. It's tranquil and beautiful! Try it once and it will be... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Our family of 4 had a fun time walking the board walk through the marsh. We didn't see any alligators sadly, but we loved seeing all the different birds, trees, etc.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Best part of our trip. Saw all kind of wildlife (alligators even) and even though it was Labor Day weekend there was hardly anyone there. Beautiful

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We walked through the Preserve with 4 adults and 3 young children, 1 in a stroller. The trails were all easy to follow and negotiable. Loved exploring all of the vistas, swamps, lake and streams. The kids loved looking for the butterflies, lizards, snakes (in the waters) always on the lookout for the elusive alligators..which we did see swimming in... More

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