Hilton Head Island
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Our beach is a favorite gathering place for Islanders and visitors.
We all know the beach is a tranquil, stress-relieving and beautiful place to be, but it provides many other natural benefits.
Sand fencing collects windblown sand to create new dunes and the beach plants help hold the new dune in place with their roots.
Stay seaward of the fences and don't store or leave anything in the sand fence area.
Most dune plants have roots very close to the sand's surface that are easily killed by foot traffic. Once roots die, sand begins to erode.
Use only existing paths or dune walkovers to access the beach.
Our native dune plants are protected by law.
If you want to prune them to maintain a view of the water or reestablish native vegetation on them, contact Town staff.
The action of dragging boats, chairs and other objects in and out of the dunes kills plants and causes dune erosion.
This cuts off oxygen to plant roots and can cause leaching of dangerous chemicals (such as formaldehyde, stain preventers, etc.) from the carpet into the groundwater.
The plants that grow in the dunes are adapted to the nutrient-poor sandy soils of the dunes.
Chemicals like fertilizers used in the dunes will move through the porous sands very quickly and can contaminate the groundwater.
Learn more about our Sea Turtle Protection Program