Posted on 12/31/2019

Top 5 Outdoor Activities in Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is a mere 12 by 5 miles, but it packs a lot in a small space. Outdoor activities in Hilton Head Island abound whether you’re looking for a thrill or a relaxing afternoon. From world-class golfing to pristine beaches to water-based activities, Hilton Head Island is home to outdoor fun for all ages and interests.

Hilton Head Island offers miles of Atlantic Ocean shoreline, proximity to the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, and more than 40 golf courses within the area. Choose your favorite activity and get outside on Hilton Head Island.

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#1 - Fishing on Hilton Head

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You can go on a boat charter, cast a line off a fishing pier, rent a canoe to go fishing in the areas lagoons and calm waters. If you’re looking for a fun excursion to go fishing, check out Daufuskie Island, which is a small island between Hilton Head and Savannah.

There are diverse types of species in the Hilton Head area that you can catch, including Redfish, Trout, Tarpon, Black Drum, Triple Tail, Spanish Mackerel, Blue Fish, and Flounder. Whether you’re an experienced angler or just want to get out on the water to give it a try, Hilton Head is a great spot for fishing.

#2 - Golfing on Hilton Head

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Hilton Head and golf are synonymous. There are 24 golf courses on Hilton Head Island and more than 40 courses in the entire area. Plus, there are some of the most beautiful in the world here. Harbour Town Golf Links, Atlantic Dunes, and Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort are a few of the local favorites, and you’ll find plenty of options for beginners and experienced golfers. More than 20 of the courses in the area are open to the public.

#3 - Biking on Hilton Head

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There is an extensive network of bike paths around Hilton Head, whether you’re looking for paved paths, bikeable beaches, private, or public paths. It’s a great way to explore the island’s diverse landscape, but it’s also just a great way to get around town. The sand here is hard-packed making the beaches easily rideable. In general, road bikes aren’t the best here unless you’re sticking to paved paths.

Bike through the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, Fish Haul Creek Park, Jarvis Creek Park, Sea Pines, and more.

#4 - Kayaking on Hilton Head

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The calm interior waters of Hilton Head are ideal for kayaking, and there are several waterways to explore. Jarvis and Broad Creeks are both popular for leisurely rides and both have nearby rental facilities so you don’t have to worry about lugging your equipment to your destination. Both of these spots, as well as the Palmetto Dunes Lagoon Channels, are ideal for beginners.

If you’re a bit more experienced, Caliogue Sound, and Skull Creek offer great opportunities to see wildlife. The most experienced kayakers may want to explore the waters to Daufuskie Island. You’ll head across the Calibogue Sound to the island, but keep in mind that you’ll have to deal with strong currents and boat traffic. Only go on this excursion if you’re a strong kayaker with lots of experience.

#5 - Beach Going on Hilton Head

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One of the best and most quintessential outdoor activities on Hilton Head Island is beach-going. Whether you’re planning on relaxing or playing in the sand, Hilton Head beaches are a must while you’re here. A few of our favorites include Coligny Beach, Driessen Beach, and Folly Field Beach.

Book your Hilton Head Island Vacation

If you’re ready to spend some time outdoors, plan your vacation to Hilton Head Island. We offer a variety of Hilton Head vacation rentals, including oceanfront properties and homes that are pet-friendly. Book your stay today and start planning a trip to this beautiful island.

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