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“Imagine Hilton Island as it was.”

Sea Pines Forest Preserve
Ranked #9 of 117 things to do in Hilton Head
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Owner description: Walk through mushy swamps on elevated boardwalks at this 400-acre nature preserve.
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Imagine Hilton Island as it was.”
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
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A peaceful oasis”
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
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
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
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great for nature lovers”
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
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“A walk back in time”
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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