Area name Audubon Newhall Preserve
Area Location South Island. On Palmetto Bay Road between Sea Pines Circle and the Cross Island Bridge. There is a sign to the Preserve.
- Open in daylight hours.
- Deeded to and maintained by the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society, there is no charge though donations are welcome.
- Parking area.
- Information board and leaflets.
- Nature trails.
- Park benches.
- No water.
- No restrooms.
- Guided walks in the spring and fall – check www.hiltonheadaudubon.org.
Brown-headed Nuthatch, Red-shouldered Hawk, White-eyed Vireo, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Pine Warbler, Eastern Towhee.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Warblers in migration.
Warblers in migration.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (abundant), Cedar Waxwing.
- The Newhall Preserve is a place to see and study the vegetation of the island in a convenient, compact area encompassing pine/saw palmetto flatwoods, hardwoods and wetlands including a pond and a pocosin (ground-water wetland). Some endangered and rare plants have been collected and given a favorable environment here. Audubon volunteers maintain trailside labels to identify the numerous plant species found in the Preserve.
- The aerated pond with pier was restored in 1993. The area around the pond can be a productive birding spot for warblers and other migrants in the spring and fall.
- A pristine 50-acre preserve created by the founders of Sea Pines as a gift to prominent conservationist Caroline “Beany” Newhall. She created a fund for its maintenance and deeded it to the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society in 1976. The Society has maintained the Preserve ever since.