Everyone loves to come to Hilton Head for the beautiful beaches, temperate weather, miles of trails, and so much more. While this is great for the local economy it can be difficult navigating all the extra traffic, especially when all you want is a little bit of peace and quiet. If you’re not looking for the typical tourist attractions during your Hilton Head vacation and would prefer some solitude amongst the wildlife out in nature, we’ve got you covered. Here’s some of the best hidden Lowcountry gems situated an hour’s drive or less from Hilton Head.

Savannah River Nature Trail, Webb Wildlife Management Area

Located in Garnett, which is about an hour from Hilton Head, you’ll find a 4.2-mile hike through a floodplain forest down to the banks of the Savannah River. The Savannah River Nature Trail in the Webb Wildlife Management Area features old bald cypress trees, wild hogs and turkeys, deer, fox squirrels, and there’s even a 1.2-mile canoe trail nearby. If you’re lucky, you might even get a chance to see some baby alligators in the wildlife center office!

Tupelo Trail, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

You can find the Tupelo Trail over in Hardeeville, which is only about 30 minutes away from Hilton Head. This one-way trail is 3.38 miles and will take you through old rice fields, upland hardwood forest, floodplain forest, across levee tops, and even a little swamp. But the best part are the stunning indigo and yellow flowers that bloom along the way.

White Point, Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

You won’t have to go far to find White Point as the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is located between Hilton Head and Bluffton. The round trip out and back to this small beach spot of pure solitude is 7.8 miles, the distance of which is what likely keeps most visitors away. While you can ride a bike the majority of the way, the last ¾ of a mile is mostly sand and overgrown trail so you’ll have to hoof it, but we promise it will be worth it.

New River

One of the best kept secrets in Bluffton would have to be the New River. Just after the New Riverside traffic circle under the Highway 170 bridge you’ll find a rustic little boat landing perfect for launching a canoe or kayak. You won’t be surrounded by tons of other boating tourists but what you will find is miles of marsh and wooded shorelines filled with wildlife like gators, turtles, eagles, and ospreys.

 

These hidden Lowcountry gems are sure to get you in touch with the nature and solitude you crave. Book your Hilton Head vacation today and come see what all the fuss is about!