Enjoy the unique view of the island’s salt marsh land on a leisurely boardwalk stroll
There are over 80 miles of tree-covered public and private pathways along the Island’s interior that
weave through various scenic routes, providing peaceful marsh and lagoon views
Hilton Head Island is one of the best family biking destinations in the country; the beaches are
wide and flat at low tide, perfect for cruising on a beach bike
Kayaking with a local guide is a great way to get to know the geological and ecological features
of the tidal creeks and salt marshes that surround the Island
Hilton Head Island, a coastal barrier Island located off the southeast Atlantic Coast, nestled geographically between Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, was the first eco-planned resort community in the nation. Initially founded by Charles E. Fraser with The Sea Pines Resort, the concept of preserving the environment while providing a wonderful recreational and residential community was a novel concept in 1956, but has become the foundation for the entire Island’s development pattern today.
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and wide coastal marshes, the island has bountiful marine-oriented opportunities, such as guided nature tours, bird-watching, kayaking, and paddle boarding. In addition, both the Island’s beaches and tree canopies have been carefully preserved. There are 12 miles of naturally beautiful, unspoiled beaches and 80 miles of lush, tree-lined walking and biking paths that crisscross the Island. From the beaches to the outdoor adventures, the arts and cultural activities, the Island offers numerous ways for everyone to enjoy a slow and local travel experience.
For the ESTC 2011 participants, our local partners offer a range of pre- and post-conference tour options, from kayaking, birding to island history excursion. Add on a few days before and after the conference to maximize your ESTC experience and to explore Hilton Head Island, the green gem of the Southeastern US.
Pre-Conference Tours: Saturday, September 17th – Sunday, September 18th
Post-Conference Tours: Wednesday, September 21st – Friday, September 23rd