Parks in Our Area
Read enough travel guides and you may be left with the impression that every square foot of Hilton Head Island is covered either by a beach, a golf course, a tennis court or a hotel. That does little justice to the beautiful parks and natural areas on our island and in the local area. Exploring our parks is a great way to get closer to the natural splendor of our region. Many have trails so that residents and visitors alike can enjoy a relaxing inland stroll. Here's a look what the parks in our area have to offer:
Town of Hilton Head Parks
Hunting Island State Park
2555 Sea Island Parkway Hunting Island, SC 29920 843-838-2011 (F) 843-838-4263
This popular state park is located on a 5,000 acre secluded barrier island, which was once used for hunting deer, raccoon, and other small game. The park is a preserve for abundant wildlife including loggerhead turtles, deer, alligators and raccoons. Hundreds of species of birds including pelicans, orioles and herons call the island home, and the lagoon within the island is host to seahorses and barracuda. The natural coastal environment also provides welcome retreat for people ready to enjoy maritime forest, saltwater marshes and four miles of beach. The historic 19th-century lighthouse is the park?s most recognizable landmark.
The park features an 8-mile biking and hiking trail, as well as several shorter nature trails that provide visitors the opportunity to explore the environment. Public boat access is available at the south end of the park. For the angler, fishing can be enjoyed in Johnson Creek, in the lagoon, or at the fishing pier (which extends 1, 230 feet into Fripp Inlet) at the southern tip of the park. Kayaking is available in the lagoon during spring and summer as well. The park offers a variety of overnight camping options to accommodate your needs.
Edisto Beach State Park
8377 State Cabin Rd. Edisto Island, SC 29438 843-869-4428
Edisto Beach State Park is located on a remote sea island that is rich with Native American history. The highlight of the park is the Spanish Mount Trail, a 2-mile path through the park?s oak, hanging Spanish moss and palmetto trees that leads to one of the oldest Native American pottery sites in the state. Along the way visitors are likely to see white-tailed deer, osprey or alligators. With natural terrain that includes salt marshes, maritime forest and 1.5 miles of beach, the park has something for everyone. During the summer the park hosts a number of events designed to educate the public about the natural creatures of the park. One of the most popular of these is the Loggerhead Sea Turtle Walk. In addition, the park provides a range of camping options for those seeking a longer stay.