Pignut Hickory

Pignut Hickory Nuts

We just got back from Hilton Head Island. While I was sitting on the porch reading, I kept hearing an occasional knocking noise. When I took the trail down to the beach I saw squirrels running by with something. I found the little nuts on the ground and then saw them on the trees. When [...]

Coastal Discovery Museum Boardwalks

Coastal Discovery Museum Boardwalks

There are two boardwalks at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn; the Oyster Alley Boardwalk and the Osprey Outlook Boardwalk. The boardwalks go out over the Salt Marsh through the Smooth Cord Grass. It can grow in salt water. Closer to shore  Black Needle Rush can grow where there is fresh water runoff. The [...]

Are the snakes on Hilton Head Island?

Are there snakes on Hilton Head Island?

We were walking back from the beach and I very nearly stepped on this guy. I never even saw him until someone told me to watch out. Are there snakes on Hilton Head Island? Yes. Yes, there are certainly snakes on Hilton Head. We’ve never seen any before and we’ve come to the island for [...]

Fort Mitchell – Hilton Head – design42

Fort Mitchel

There are remains of four Civil War forts on Hilton Head. Fort Mitchel is at 65 Skull Creek Drive. Fort Mitchel was built in 1861 by Union Army. It was never meant to be a permanent fort. Fort Mitchel was built to defend Seabrook Landing, a coaling station and ship maintenance location during the Civil [...]

Yellow-bellied Slider Turtles – Hilton Head Island

Yellow-bellied Slider Turtles

We often stay at Blue Water Resort. Turtles, birds and alligators live in the lagoon in the middle of the resort buildings. Turtles swim around in the lagoon and sun themselves at the edge. This guy has found a piece of driftwood to relax on. This is a Yellow-bellied Slider Turtle. They are very common. [...]

Green’s Shell Enclosure Heritage Preserve – Hilton Head Island

Green’s Shell Enclosure Heritage Preserve

Green’s Shell Enclosure is a ring of piled oyster shells.  It is old, maybe nearly a thousand years old. It is easy to find, right off Squire Pope Road. There is a board with information about the history of the shell ring and nature at the shell enclosure. Welcome! This South Carolina Department of Natural [...]

Alligators on Hilton Head Island

Alligators on Hilton Head Island

There are a lot of alligators on Hilton Head Island. You see them near freshwater and brackish lagoons and ponds and on the golf course. They’ve even walked out of the waves on the beach. They are native to the island. The average female is about 8 feet long. The average male is about 11 [...]

Easy Birds to See on Hilton Head Island

Easy Birds to See on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island Audubon Society says you can spot up to 200 types of birds on the island. These birds are common. These are all either photos we took on Hilton Head Island or birds we see a lot. TipsWhen you see a bird, watch it and note identifying characteristics. Shape Color and markings Movements; [...]