palmetto-bay-marina Being interested in real estate for sale in South Carolina – whether as a professional, as an investor or as a home-owner wanting to put down roots – necessarily means being interested in nature and conservation. Hilton Head forms part of Lowcountry, which is a geographic and cultural region spanning the east coast of the USA, primarily the coast of South Carolina. Included in this naturally rich area, is the South Carolina Sea Islands, of which Hilton Head Island is one. Alongside its historical and cultural wealth, the lowcountry is also known for a unique natural wealth that local communities are committed to preserving. Driving, boating and walking are the best options to explore a coastal region that is 200 miles long and that quickly reveals interesting contrasts between vast undeveloped, preserved tracts of land and intense urban development. The three urbanized hubs of South Carolina are Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Beaufort/Hilton Head. Understanding that with such a high volume of human traffic – in excess of 2, 5 million annual visitors added to the settled population of more than 40, 000 residents – respect for the natural and ecological heritage must be balanced with investment in development. Viewing Hilton Head SC as a possible investment or lifestyle option – perhaps spending a day browsing oceanfront condos for sale or beachfront villas for sale – could easily be coupled with adding a little extra time to really appreciate one of the magnificent wildlife refuges on our doorstep. Wildlife Refuges close to Hilton Head

  1. Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

A 4,000-acre refuge. Well-known for hiking, biking, bird watching, and photography, kayaking and boating, and teeming with walking trails. Open daily with free admission, there are wonderful swamps to explore – but do watch out for the alligators!

  1. The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge,

45 minutes by car southwest of Hilton Head. The Savannah River offers more than 29,000 acres of hardwood trees lining tidal rivers, creeks, and freshwater marshes.

  1. The Ernest F. Hollings ACE (Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto Rivers) Basin National Wildlife Refuge

Located about two hours north of Hilton Head, it remains one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the East Coast. Spend time kayaking, camping and bird-watching. The former rice plantation house, which is now the visitor’s centre, was built in 1828 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Nature Preserves on Hilton Head

  1. The Sea Pines Forest Preserve

The 605-acre tract of forest includes walking and horse trails. If you prefer, there are guided tours, boat tours to see alligators and wagon rides.

  1. Audubon Newhall Nature Preserve

Near Palmetto Bay Road, this 50 acre preserve is filled with blue heron, turtles, and alligators sunning themselves around the Broad Creek Hilton Head forest pond. A family haven which welcomes young children and dogs – pack a picnic and make a day of it. Consider the ecological wonders of Hilton Head South Carolina - and more – consider the real estate along the South Carolina coast. Any of the locals will attest to the value of spending a greater amount of time in nature, and spending that precious time with family. We are here to help and only a phone call away. Let’s chat, let’s meet and let’s explore together; both this vista of natural beauty incredibly and its unique relationship to one of the best market investments you will ever make.broad-creek-hilton-head

Russ Fielden - local Waterfront | Oceanfront Realtor and Broker-In-Charge of Southern Coast Realty. Offices in Beaufort SC and Hilton Head Island SC.

I handle all types of property transactions with a special emphasis on waterfront and oceanfront property in the Beaufort, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island area. I spend most of my time researching waterfront property and advising waterfront buyers along the many rivers, creeks, islands and beaches in all of Beaufort County. If you are in the market for waterfront or oceanfront property and looking for a motivated responsive buyer’s agent who knows about customer service, then I might be the the guy for you. Russ @ (843) 812-8862 or use the contact tab on the menu bar to send me an email. You can also reach me at