If you’ve ever paid a visit to the Lowcountry, you know that our natural surroundings are some of the finest on the East Coast. A perfect example of this is the Sea Pines Forest Preserve on Hilton Head Island! If you like getting fresh air and taking in gorgeous coastal views, you’ll love this spot. Keep reading to learn more about it and start planning your trip! Speaking of planning: Our complimentary Vacation Guide to the area will save you tons of time as you choose where to eat, how to get around, and which adventures to experience! Simply access it by clicking the button below.
What You Need to Know About the Sea Pines Forest Preserve
History of the Preserve
The Sea Pines Forest Preserve became a reality all the way back in 1970—a time when Hilton Head Island was becoming increasingly known as a coastal vacation destination. This little slice of the island’s maritime forest was established as a protected area—a place where native plants and animals could thrive without excessive habitat intervention. The first trails opened in the early 1970s, but the organization’s noble purpose remains the same to this day. Since then, the preserve has grown to include bridle paths, footbridges, fishing docks, wetland boardwalks, and more. It’s the perfect place for locals and visitors alike to experience Hilton Head Island’s most pristine ecosystems!
What You’ll See and Do
There are several different ways to spend a day in this Sea Pines preserve! Choose between guided boat tours, horseback rides, fishing expeditions, or simply strolling trails at your own pace. There’s even a 4,000-year old historic site to discover! Be sure to pick up a map when you enter this beautiful area! No matter how you choose to experience the preserve, keep an eye out for native wildlife like white-tailed deer, raccoons, alligators, seabirds, and birds of prey.
Know Before You Go
There are a few guidelines to keep in mind as you plan your visit to the preserve. Here are the most important highlights:
- Visit between sunrise and sunset
- No smoking or open fires of any kind allowed
- Do not feed or harass any wildlife—especially not alligators
- Fishing permits are required for the sport. They can be acquired at the C.S.A. security office on Greenwood Drive
- Park bicycles before entering trail systems
- Swimming is not permitted within the preserve.
Other Nearby Places You May Enjoy
The South Carolina Lowcountry is brimming with ways to enjoy fresh air! Here are even more nearby places to explore after visiting the Sea Pines preserve:
- The Harbour Town Light and Marina (6-minute drive)
- Coligny Beach (7-minute drive)
- The site of the annual RBC Heritage (7-minute drive).
After exploring the Sea Pines Forest Preserve (and getting your daily dose of Vitamin D), you’ll want a comfortable, elegant place to relax. Old Town Bluffton Inn is the perfect place for that! We’re just a short drive away from Hilton Head. We offer the newest, most luxurious lodging experience in the Lowcountry! If you’d rather do a little more exploring before snuggling up in your soft bed, step out of your beautifully appointed room and into the Promenade. You’ll love Old Town Bluffton’s array of excellent restaurants (all within walking distance)! There are also plenty of charming shops and galleries to explore. Simply select one of our uniquely decorated rooms, book it online, and get ready to experience some of the finest amenities in the Lowcountry.