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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 #11 of 60 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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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

It's a pain to pay $6 to enter Sea Pines but that gets you free entrance to the forest preserve. They have a great driving trail/loop that takes you past lakes, lagoons and even a pavilion where you could sit with picnic food. We saw a bunch of alligators, birds and turtles in our multiple visits.

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Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Spent about an hour here walking around. Unfortunately we didn't see many birds. We did get to see one alligator on the bank. It's a nice place to visit if you like nature, but I don't think I would go back.

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Bobcaygeon, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Beautiful place to walk.....suggest you have your map with you as signs can be misleading and before you know it, you can be a long way from your vehicle. The vegetation is very unique to those of us from Canada and we thorough enjoyed our time in the forest.

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Blue Ridge, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We got turned around and far from where we started when it was getting dark. As we were looking at our map, the Forest Rangers went by in a truck on the opposite side of the pond where we were and said on their intercom "forest preserve is now closed" We tried to flag them down because of it being... More

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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356 reviews 356 reviews
87 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

if you like to walk in a swamp/marsh/green area... ok, go for it. There's not much there. They invested a bit of time and money for elevated wooden walkways... but again.. not much there we spent about 30 min walking around and headed back....

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Alliston, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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
20 helpful votes 20 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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