by Bill True
on Friday, March 5th, 2010 at 4:28pm.
Located in beautiful Sea Pines Resort, the Sea Pines Forest Preserve is approximately 605 acres with 8 miles of trails through marshlands and maritime forest. It has a long and colorful history, dating back over 4000 years with its first inhabitants, nomadic Indians, who hunted and gathered shells. The Sea Pines Indian Shell Ring is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In addition to the Warner W. Plahs Wildflower Field (an awesome sight to behold in Spring), the nature trails abound with large turles, alligators sunning on the banks, red-winged blackbirds, waterfowl and frogs. There are wetland boardwalks, observation decks, bridges and fishing docks. The trails, which follow antebellum rice dikes built by hand around 1840, are open from sunrise to sunset. There are several ponds and four lakes, which are the largest open freshwater resources on the island.
Just a short cycle from Beach Lagoon, Calibogue Cay and South Beach, The Sea Pines Forest Preserve is a hiking, picnicking, wildlife-viewing and relaxing opportunity that you will certainly want to involve yourself—and your family—in.