Hilton Head Island Gator Locator!
Wondering where to find alligators on Hilton Head Island?
Here are some places where you will find gators on the island or nearby:
Port Royal Plantation/Highway 278 - Gators have been sighted from the
bike path near mile marker #6 at the entrance to Port Royal Plantation. Look
for them on the South Side of the entrance on the golf course. There is a
large lagoon just across the fairway where you will find them sunning
Jarvis Creek Park - Public park next to Walmart near mile marker #3.
Great dock out into the lake for safe watching up close. Alligators and
turtles will approach the dock looking for a handout. But remember, don't
feed the alligators! Once they lose their fear of humans, they must be
destroyed. If you feed him, you are killing him!
Hilton Head Prep - Inside Sea Pines near the back entrance. Almost
always a gator sunning himself at the lagoons on Lawton Drive at the entrance
to the nature preserve and the school. $5 gate pass to enter Sea Pines.
Sea Pines Nature Preserve - Near the back entrance of Sea Pines inside
the plantation. Ask the security gate how to get there. Fishing Lake usually
has several alligators near the dock. $5 gate pass to enter Sea Pines.
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge - Highway 17 on the way to Savannah. Home
to hundreds of wild gators plus many other endangered or threatened species!
Spring Lake - Inside Hilton Head Plantation at Spring Lake recreation
area. Nice lake with docks for safe observation. Not open to the general
Crossings Park - Just outside the park on Arrow Road there is a small
lagoon beside the street next to the paved bike path. We often see two big
gators sunning here.
Here's a great Island Packet Newspaper article about Critter Management
catching and killing alligators fed by humans: Click Here
Here's a great Island Packet Newspaper article about Alligator mating
rituals: Click Here
Remember it is illegal to feed alligators. It may seem cool to throw food to an
alligator and watch him swallow it whole, but you are almost certainly
guaranteeing that he will be caught and killed. Once they lose their fear
of humans and start associating people with a free meal, they must be destroyed.
Have you sighted an alligator recently? Let us know where by emailing
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