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Boardwalk leading through the forest

Nature Walks in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve

Discover 605 Acres of Natural Beauty

Since 1970, the Sea Pines Forest Preserve has been a protected area for wildlife habitat and outdoor exploration. Following the construction of the first trails in the early 1970s, the preserve has grown to include bridle paths, wetland boardwalks, bridges and fishing docks, creating even more ways for visitors to explore and enjoy this stunning and pristine part of Hilton Head Island.

Today, there are many ways to explore the natural wonders of the Forest Preserve. Choose from guided boat tours, horseback rides, fishing expeditions, or wagon tours, or simply pick up a map and stroll the trails at your own pace.

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Alligator Awareness

Lagoons and ponds in the Lowcountry serve as a natural habitat for alligators. Avoid walking near the edge of any body of water. If you see an alligator, do not approach, feed or harass it. Please be aware, it is unlawful to feed alligators. Keep a safe distance at all times as alligators can move very quickly.

Points of Interest

  • Discover the 4,000-year-old Sea Pines Shell Ring, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • See acres of native flora blooming in Warner W. Plahs Wildflower Field, which is located near one of the preserve’s beautiful lakes and is a must-see in the spring
  • View marshes and wildlife from a boardwalk at Old Lawton Rice Field
  • Explore a secluded forest on the boardwalk through the Vanishing Swamp
  • Enjoy a picnic along the banks of Fish Island
  • Discover the preserve with guided boat, horseback, fishing and wagon tours.

Rules and Regulations

  • Fishing permits are required and can be obtained for a small fee at the CSA Security Office on Greenwood Drive. Minnow bait is not allowed. The stocked fishing lakes in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve are reserved for resort guests, as well as Sea Pines property owners and their guests
  • Bicycles are not permitted on the walking trails. Please park your bicycles at the locations provided
  • The picnic area on Fish Island is equipped with a shelter, picnic tables, grills, drinking water and portable toilets.