Audubon Newhall Preserve

Audubon Newhall Preserve


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.

Area Map


Hours of Operation: Open in daylight hours.

Admission: Free though donations are welcome. Deeded to and maintained by the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society.


  • Parking area.
  • Information board and leaflets.
  • No restrooms.
  • No water.
  • Park benches.
  • Nature trails.
  • Guided walks in the spring and fall – check


  • 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.

Key Birds


Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, White-eyed Vireo, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pine Warbler, Eastern Towhee.


Warblers in migration.  Ruby-throated Hummingbird.


Warblers in migration.


Yellow-rumped Warbler (abundant), Cedar Waxwing.