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Sea Pines Forest Reserve is a 3.3 mile loop trail located near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.3 mi Elevation gain 6 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

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Mary Panzeri
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Mountain bikingFee

This is a very pretty shaded trail. We were on bikes and had a very difficult time trying to figure out where to park and then trying to obey the biking restrictions to get to the trail and then bike this trail. If you are not familiar with the island or not staying there, it might be good to figure that out in advance. We left not knowing if we were legally parked and feel like we missed a lot of the trail due to lack of trail markings and no biking signs. It was pretty nonetheless. This area of the island required a $9 pass.

Jaime Gonzalez
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Hiking

Cute trail very easy saw a small alligator eating

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Mary Wright
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Sydney & Alex Tingle
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k kim
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HikingBugs

Easy flat trail that has some good bird sightings on the well maintained sea pines area. Take bug repellant and that the vanishing swamp on the way back. Great to follow with lunch at low country market!

Tim Hawkins
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Hiking

This area is a perfectly managed nature area inside the Sea Pines District of Hilton Head Island. There are a number of trails in the area, most of them multi purpose, either car, horse, bicycle, or on foot. You can walk on the road, or take some of the more natural trails on foot. The terrain is flat. The scenery is excellent, with small lakes, scrub forest, seasonal swamps, open forest and meadows. There is abundant wildlife, which is quite comfortable with close human contact, but no scrounging for treats. The area is very well kept, but do not expect bathrooms. The $8 fee is for daily access to the Sea Pines area, so if you like, head over to Harbour Town for an ice cream afterward. We used the trail maps provided by the nature preserve, and spent a delightful three hours watching the birds, turtles, alligators, and other fauna.

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Sophisticles .
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Walking

Nice leisurely walk, a lot of birds, didn’t see any gators or snakes.

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Meghan Coomes
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Hiking

Nice easy trail. Great scenery!!

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Michael Rogers
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Hiking

Accept the possibility of horse manure as most of the trails are large enough to accommodate horses. Great trail none the less .

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Pink Lynx
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Hiking

Annoying $8 entry fee. Good place to see snakes, alligators, and birds.

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Sally Kuzdale
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Hiking

I loved this trail. Easy and great for the entire family. We walked it while on vacation.

Jacob Robbins
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Mountain biking

decent trails, too short and flat though. only a couple were made specifically for mountain biking. the majority were either for cars, walking only, or short paved biking. great scenery and wildlife, saw great herons, turtles and a coyote!

Rick Ranalli
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Hiking

WELL KEPT AND MARKED TRAIL. WE SAW QUITE A FEW ALLIGATORS AND A FEW SNAKES! YOU MUST PAY $8 TO DRIVE IN TO PINE ISLE, SO PLAN TO SEE THE AREA IN ONE DAY

Christian Soto
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Hiking

A beautiful trail on a late morning stroll. Light traffic for such a popular destination. Trails are well groomed and marked with plenty of info placards along the way to learn about the flora and fauna. Spotted 8 alligators in various locations ranging in size from juvenile to adults approximately 7-8ft long.

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Robin Ellison
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Beautiful scenery and very few others on trail

Matt Cheves
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Hiking

breathtaking Lowcountry hike! you have to get 4 stars to any place where you see three alligators. the only downside to this place was the parking, I ended up parking at the horse stables in walking into the park

Keri-Lynn Paulson
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We rode our bikes over, ready to pay access fee, but they do not allow public biking through the reserve. You have to drive a car in with your bikes loaded, pay the $6.00 entry fee, and then can bike.

W Bink
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Hiking

Great trail

Emily Blue
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Bellissimo!

John Hernick
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Snakes and trees, tall grass and no markers. Easy, fun, beautiful low country.

Susan Couch
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Bird Watching

Good in spring

Bonjovi Charon
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Love it.

Katrina Beverly
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Walking

It was a great walk...lots of wildlife.

marques marques Spencer
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lots and lots of aligators. great stroll through the woods but a bit populated with people. not a bad choice

Jason Thompson
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Hiking

Amazing day in the preserve. Large variety of tall trees, classic swamps, and small lakes. $6 to enter if you aren't a guest at the resort. Morning evening are best to view animals. Saw turtles, gators, and a crazy assortment of birds.

Jeff Zweber
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Walking

Great swamp forest trail. There are lots of smaller loop options for people looking for a quicker hike. Because it is a swamp forest, there are essentially no elevation changes. Very quiet and relaxing. We went in December, so the alligators and snakes were dormant (which we were happy about).

Karen S
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Nice break from all the pavement. Saw several alligators, great variety of birds. Rice dike and boardwalk were fun.

Birgit Nazarian
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Nature trips

For a Northerner this Sea Pines Forest Preserve is almost exotic. Spanish Moss, palmettos and it's teeming with wildlife along the boardwalks over swampy marshes, alligators! turtles! snakes! so many birds like egrets and cormorants. Look closely on the trees going through the woods - we saw some funny faces crafted out of natural materials. There is an ancient Native American shell ring (not much left but I always seek out every historic spot). Horses, a wildflower field near the lake too.

LARRY WATTS
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Hiking
First to Review

RICE FIELD BOARDWALK.

Ron Williams
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