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Hiking in Hilton Head Island

Michael Gonzalez



May 9 4 minutes read

For years, Hilton Head Island has been a popular tourist destination mainly for its picturesque beaches and their world-class golf courses. But did you know that this island is also home to a handful of beautiful trails and hiking spots?

Hiking can be quite enjoyable, alone or with some company, and a divine view.  And in Hilton Head, you can get just that, plus a whole lot more. Clear your mind and hike at these top-notch trails on the island.

Hilton Head Island Birding Trail

13 Cottonwood Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Feast your eyes on the wonders of nature at Hilton Head Island Birding Trail! Aside from the sweat-fest that you'll be getting from the different walking trails within the vicinity, you'll also be seeing different types of birds flying and roaming around the whole place. Perfect pictures, anyone?

Sea Pines Forest Preserve

32 Greenwood Dr., Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

This forest preserve has been a protected area for wildlife habitat and outdoor exploration since the '70s. Currently, this nature spot has upgraded its facilities, creating more ways for visitors to explore and enjoy this part of the island--one of which is their walking/hiking trails, where you can stroll at your own pace. There is also a well-known boardwalk within the preserve where you can view a secluded forest and the Vanishing Swamp.

Audubon Newhall Preserve

88 Palmetto Bay Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Enjoy a series of short, interconnected walking trails through a fifty-acre nature preserve at Audubon Newhall Preserve. Treat yourself to a view of various trees and plants, animals, and its best feature--  a rare pocosin (the Indian word for bog),  which was once a historic mark of barrier islands.

Jarvis Creek Park

100 Jarvis Park Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

The walking trails of this park have been a popular destination for visitors who enjoy exploring and seeing nature up close. Aside from keeping the park clean and spotless, Jarvis Creek also boasts a big pond in the middle of the park, where you will see some alligators, turtles, and different species of birds and fishes.

Mitchelville Freedom Park

226 Beach City Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Fall in love with the lovely view from the gazebo at the end of the dock, which can only be reached by going through the walking trails of this park. Aside from this, you'll also be welcomed by Mitchelville Freedom Park's hidden gem: a locals' beach, where it's less crowded and full of marine life. Explore and take lots of beautiful shots here at this historic park.

Pine Island Beach and Dolphin Head Recreation Area

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

Spice up your day with a little adventure here at Pine Island Beach and Dolphin Head Recreation Area. Climb over rocks, go through different walking trails, take a plunge at the beach, and enjoy the serenity of the whole area. Eagle and dolphin sightings are quite common around sunrise, so be sure to take a camera with you to document an unforgettable experience.

Coastal Discovery Museum

70 Honey Horn Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Drop by the Coastal Discovery Museum and get your hiking fix from its nature trail, which winds through the museum's Honey Horn property. Upon reaching the end of this walking journey, you will be welcomed by a series of historic buildings and educational boardwalks. Let your child tag along, as this particular walk is informative and best enjoyed by children.

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