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“Little peaceful oasis” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Newhall Audubon Nature Preserve

Newhall Audubon Nature Preserve
88 Palmetto Bay Rd, Hilton Head, SC
843-842-9246
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Ranked #16 of 27 Attractions in Hilton Head
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: Featuring a wide variety of fauna and flora, this scenic nature reserve also serves as home to many species of birds.
London, England
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20 reviews 20 reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Little peaceful oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This is a small preserve that you can walk around in 30-45 minutes with great map at the start of the trail. When we visited it was very quiet and apart from a lady maintaining some of the plants we had the place to ourselves. Very peaceful and calm. Educational also with good labels.

Visited June 2013
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Peaceful oasis on a busy island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I have passed the entrance to the nature preserve several times over the years - and wondered what was beyond the simple gravel path. We passed it again this morning but this time I took a few minutes to read up on the place. (Trip Advisor was very helpful.). Because it was beautifully described (and FREE) we decided to bike over from near Coligney Plaza (which I wouldn't recommend because the bike lane runs only along the opposite side of the 4 lane divided highway). But our family (3 adults) made it safely.

We had a difficult time finding a convenient place to secure our rental bikes, but after figuring it out, we walked quietly into the forest. If there had not been a few other people there you could feel like you were far away from civilization.

The trees and ground cover were well marked. The shade was a blessing and made it feel at least 10 degrees cooler than out in the sun on the highway.

We didn't see much in the way of wildlife (I'm glad no snakes because I was wearing sandals) until we got to the pond. The blue heron was willing to pose for quite some time and he/she was graceful as well as regal. We saw a few turtles in the pond and a few dragonflies and blue moths(?), but enjoyed the quiet and the beauty. I was glad to see sassafras trees again. They don't seem to grow near my home in Greenville, SC.

I would go again but probably by car and would love to take the grandchildren when they are old enough to walk.

Visited May 2013
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Houston, Texas
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89 reviews 89 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
“Nature at it's best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

Driving by and saw the sign. Stopped in, saw alligator, snake, lizards, rabbits etc. Quiet, peaceful. Great hidden area.

Visited May 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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31 attraction reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Perfect Place for Peace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This compact nature preserve is comprised of flat, pine straw walking trails through the pine and palm forest and also includes a short boardwalk trail and a good sized pond. Many of the plants are labeled, there is a comprehensive trail, flora and fauna guide too. There is parking on site. We saw a small gator enjoying the sun, a few birds ( Carolina wrens and others) and a black snake. If you enjoy nature and/or want a break from the beach, stop by the Preserve.

Visited April 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“A great nature excursion for kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

This was a smaller park, well suited for kids. There is a parking lot just inside the entrance, and then a short walk to the main water area. We saw 2 alligaors and some turtles in the water. The kids were thrilled. The paths are easy to walk on, and not very long. With 2 small children, it was easy to navigate the paths.

Visited April 2013
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