Located at the north end of the island, 4,000-acre Hilton Head Plantation is one of the largest communities on Hilton Head, featuring four championship golf courses, a family-oriented country club and full-service marina on the Intracoastal Waterway with 250 deep-water docks for large and small craft. Residents also enjoy two large recreation areas, a walking beach, tennis, swimming, baseball fields, and playgrounds. An extensive system of bike and walking paths link the community's neighborhoods together. Because of the variety of activities and types of neighborhoods Hilton Head Plantation offers, it attracts a diverse and fascinating group of residents.


The portion of Hilton Head Plantation that overlooks the Port Royal Sound onto Parris Island is called Dolphin Head. Many couples mark their calendars: "full moon" so they can remember to take advantage of Dolphin Head's mile-long beach and go for a leisurely walk in romantic moon shadows. For families with young children, the playground and picnic area can be a powerful drawing card.


Some people might be surprised to know that there is a Civil War fort of some historical interest located within Hilton Head Plantation. Fort Mitchel is actually a small area nestled on the banks of Skull Creek. A short, self-guided walking tour leads you through selected battles fought on and around Hilton Head. Fort Mitchel is conveniently located adjacent to the Old Fort Pub, an award-winning, four-star restaurant that residents and guests enjoy year-round.

Another self-guided trail and place of distinction is Whooping Crane Conservancy, a central part of Hilton Head Plantation's "emerald necklace" of preserved forests and wetlands. This 137-acre area is one of the last remaining retreats for an enclave of rare subtropical birds, reptiles, and mammals. Paths have been carefully planned to meander from pine flatwood forests to boggy bottomlands, allowing visitors to wander through corridors of tupelo gums until they encounter green water in the bright, grassy savannahs. Visitors are reminded to "take only pictures, leave only footprints."


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