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“Imagine Hilton Island as it was.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sea Pines Forest Preserve

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 #6 of 27 Attractions in Hilton Head
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Walking
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Owner description: Walk through mushy swamps on elevated boardwalks at this 400-acre nature preserve.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Imagine Hilton Island as it was.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Walking through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve is getting back to nature and visualizing
what the island looked like a hundred years ago or more. Indians did explore here and left
their mark which can be found in the preserve. A nice get-away moment for a person or a
group.

Visited May 2012
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Acton, MA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“A peaceful oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is a wonderful place for hiking and exploring Hilton Head, away from the crowds and activity. There is a $5 fee to enter Sea Pines, but once inside, there is a lot to see. We hiked around the Preserve, and we saw many alligators lazily gliding through the water. We saw a blue heron at the edge of the water who let us approach rather closely for some great pictures. The wildflower garden is quite beautiful. We all enjoyed the tranquility of the Preserve.

Visited April 2013
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Otis, Oregon
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Hard to believe such a beautiful place was set aside when they built this resort. You can drive into the preserve and walk around the many small lakes they have looking at the different wildlife available or fish from shore. A special permit available at the front gate allows you to fish a well stocked lake.

Visited April 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great for nature lovers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

I went with a few adults, 2 kids, and 2 teenagers. I probably would not recommend this for little kids unless you have a stroller that can handle off-roading on dirt paths. We went in the morning, around 10, and saw a bunch of baby alligators sunning themselves on a bank, and several turtles. We didn't see any birds in the areas we walked through, but we only walked through about half the park. There's a beautiful wildflower patch close to Fish Island. The entire park was much bigger than I imagined, so either be ready for a lot of walking, or to not see everything. Overall is was enjoyable but we wore the little kids out. Also, if you're not staying in Sea Pines, you'll have to pay $5/car to get there.

Visited April 2013
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Cincinnati, OH
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55 attraction reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“A walk back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

The Preserve is an excellent way to experience the island in its natural state. The trails are fairly easy to follow. The preserve can be entered from either Greenwood or Lawton (near Ocean Gate). Just a note--you CANNOT ride bikes through the preserve. You will have to park and walk through the trails. There are 3 fishing lakes in the preserve which are free to Sea Pines guest with permit. Permits are available at the Security Building.

Visited April 2013
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