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Hilton Head Parks, Nature Preserves & Wildlife Refuges


Guide to outdoor adventure and natural habitat preserves, wildlife, birds, parks and recreation on Hilton Head Island, SC.



One of the best ways to explore the natural beauty of Hilton Head Island is by hiking or backpacking and traveling along the Island's splendid nature trails and coastal regions at your own pace. Wind past creeks, lagoons and rivers as you glimpse the Lowcountry's unforgettable scenery.

Hilton Head is home to several nature preserves, parks and recreation complexes around the island. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the South Carolina coast in all its natural splendor — one of the special joys of Hilton Head Island.

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Hilton Head Nature Preserves & Wildlife Refuges

Audobon Newhall Preserve

88 Palmetto Bay Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 842-9246

50 acre preserve where native plant life and many different species of birds have been identified. An unspoiled natural paradise awaits visitors who find scenic nature trails, wildlife and bird habitats that are active year round.

Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 842-1979
This protected nature area has walking paths, boat tours and an archaeological site made of seashells.

Jarvis Creek Park

100 Jarvis Park Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 (843) 681-8220

Secluded waterfront site with fishing, walking and fitness trails, a picnic pavilion and playground.

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Bluffton, SC
(843) 784-2468

Salt marsh and tidal wetlands host birds, deer, alligators and other wildlife at this coastal refuge.

Hilton Head Island Birding Trail

Hilton Head Island, SC
(843) 636-3986

Fish Haul Creek Park

226 Beach City Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Wooded park with walking trails, a wetlands observation deck, picnic pavilion and beach access.
Hilton Head Parks

Chaplin Community Park

11 Castnet Dr
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 342-4580

Chaplin Community Park

39 Shelter Cove Ln
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 341-4600

City gathering spot with frequent shows and festivals, plus a green space for sports and fitness.

Driessen Beach Park

64 Bradley Beach Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 842-5698

Public spot with beach access, seasonal lifeguards, grills, picnic facilities and outdoor showers.

Mitchellville Beach Park

120 Mitchellville Rd
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Secluded spot popular for beachcombing and wildlife observation, with restrooms and outdoor showers.

Compass Rose Park

4 St. Augustine Place
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Crossing Park

6 Haig Point Ct
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 255-2010

Shelter Cove Community Park

39 Shelter Cove Ln
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 341-4600

City gathering spot with frequent shows and festivals, plus a green space for sports and fitness. Amenities include a playground with swings and slides, but also a performance pavilion, peaceful picnic spots, a public art display, restrooms, walking paths with plenty of places to sit down, and a boardwalk with views of Broad Creek.

Pine Island Beach and Dolphin Head Recreation Area

103-199 Dolphin Head Ln
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Chaplin Community Park

11 Castnet Dr
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 342-4580

Public park with an off-leash dog area, beach access, picnic areas, a playground and soccer field.

Hilton Head Skate-Park

4 Helmsman Way
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
(843) 842-3835
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The coast of South Carolina offers a vast ecosystem of salt marshes, tidal creeks, winding rivers, sounds and the Atlantic Ocean is unspoiled, healthy, and brimming with fish of all types. For deep sea fishing charters and offshore angling, there are a number of fishing charters and skilled captains who can help you navigate Hilton Head's vast ecosystem of salt marshes, tidal creeks, winding rivers, Calibogue Sound, Harbor River and the expansive Atlantic ocean.
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