Hilton Head Island Sights to See
Audubon Newhall Preserve
Palmetto Bay Road, (843) 842-9246
Audubon Newhall Preserve is a beautiful inland park on Hilton Head Island. It has a number of nice hiking trails winding their way through the woods. There are benches placed along the path. The center of the trail contains a scenic pond and wetland and boardwalk. In this 50-acre preserve, many native plants & many birds have been identified. Dogs are welcome on these trails. According to the trail guide, “The Audubon Newhall Preserve was established in 1965 as the Island Wildlife Preserve, when Caroline “Beany” Newhall, (recognizing the need to conserve woodlands,) persuaded Charles Fraser of the Sea Pines Company to deed 50 acres of land for the preserve.”
Coastal Discovery Museum At Honey Horn
70 Honey Horn Dr. (843)689-6767
Honey Horn consists of 68 acres of breathtaking natural beauty and a dozen historic structures scattered throughout the property. Guided Walks and Terrace Talks teach of the varied nature and rich history of the area. An art gallery and interactive exhibits are found in the main structure.
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Harbour Town Lighthouse
This beautiful marina is located at the end of Lighthouse Road in Sea Pines Plantation. See the Harbour Town Lighthouse, Harbour Town Yacht Basin and many charming boutiques and restaurants. Admission fee to Sea Pines.
Heritage Library Genealogy & History Center
2 Corpus Christi, Suite 100, (843)686-6560
The Heritage Library offers research assistance on ancestry, along with classes and tours focused on Hilton Head Island’s history from prehistory to the modern era. The Heritage Library owns two historic sites, Ft. Mitchel and the Historic Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum.
Mitchelville Freedom Park
226 Beach City Road, (843) 255-7301
Visit Hilton Head’s historic Mitchelville freedom Park. This is the site of the first settlement for former slaves. This park is very important in the history of freedom towns that were established during the Reconstruction era. Tour the park at your own pace or join a tour group.
Old Zion Cemetery
574 Wm. Hilton Pkwy,
Grave sites of families of prominent Lowcountry Sea Island cotton plantations, most pre-dating 1860. Site of the Zion Chapel of Ease, part of the Angelican St. Luke’s Parish, established 1767.
Sea Pines Forest Preserve
The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is a 605 acre protected area for wildlife habitat and outdoor exploration in the heart of Sea Pines. The preserve includes bridle paths, wetland boardwalks, bridges and fishing docks. (843)671-7170, (800)732-7463