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A Few Facts about Hilton Head’s Unique Ecosystem

The best part about visiting Hilton Head Island is the stunning scenery and incredible ecosystem. Whether you’re out on the water, zip-lining over the marsh, or biking along the beach, you’re bound to spot some astounding local wildlife. 

A few facts about Hilton Head Island’s one-of-a-kind ecosystem: 

  • The tide levels change up to 6-8 feet every 6 hours.
  • During a king tide, the range can be up to 10 feet. 
  • The South Carolina Lowcountry has the second-largest tidal range on the East Coast. 
  • The outgoing tides carry large amounts of nutrient-rich food with them made up of decomposed plant vegetation, shrimp, crab, and more.
  • South Carolina has about a half-million acres of salt marsh, which is more than any other Atlantic coast state. 
  • Spartina grass is the only plant that grows in salt water in temperate North America.

Read more about our ecosystem and wildlife:

Port Royal Sound – The Lowcountry Institute

If you’d like more information on things to do while you’re visiting the Low Country or would like to learn about real estate opportunities here on Hilton Head Island & Bluffton, SC, give Colleen Sullivan a call at 843.338.1708.

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