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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Hilton Head Island, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Hilton Head Island and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Hilton Head Island:
    • 32.216185, -80.737884
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Hilton Head Island
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Curious and Interesting Names Near Hilton Head Island ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Folly Field [Beaufort County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Folly Field
    • Folly Field [Beaufort County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Hilton Head Island
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Folly Field have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Folly Field
  • Gator Field [Beaufort County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gator Field
    • Gator Field [Beaufort County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Hilton Head Island
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gator Field have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gator Field
  • Grasslawn Beach [Beaufort County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grasslawn Beach
    • Grasslawn Beach [Beaufort County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Hilton Head Island
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grasslawn Beach have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grasslawn Beach
  • Hickory Bluff [Beaufort County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hickory Bluff
    • Hickory Bluff [Beaufort County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Hilton Head Island
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hickory Bluff have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hickory Bluff
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    • Hickory Forest [Beaufort County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hickory Forest
      • Hickory Forest [Beaufort County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Hilton Head Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hickory Forest have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hickory Forest
    • Honey Horn Plantation [Beaufort County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Honey Horn Plantation
      • Honey Horn Plantation [Beaufort County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southwest of Hilton Head Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Honey Horn Plantation have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Honey Horn Plantation
    • Horse Landing [Beaufort County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horse Landing
      • Horse Landing [Beaufort County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Hilton Head Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Horse Landing have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Horse Landing
    • Indigo Run [Beaufort County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Indigo Run
      • Indigo Run [Beaufort County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Hilton Head Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Indigo Run have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Indigo Run
    • Lighthouse Landing [Beaufort County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lighthouse Landing
      • Lighthouse Landing [Beaufort County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Hilton Head Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lighthouse Landing have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lighthouse Landing
    • Otter Hole [Beaufort County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Otter Hole
      • Otter Hole [Beaufort County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Hilton Head Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Otter Hole have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Otter Hole
    • Shelter Cove [Beaufort County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shelter Cove
      • Shelter Cove [Beaufort County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Hilton Head Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shelter Cove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shelter Cove
    • Spanish Wells [Beaufort County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spanish Wells
      • Spanish Wells [Beaufort County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Hilton Head Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spanish Wells have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spanish Wells
    • Windmill Harbor [Beaufort County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Windmill Harbor
      • Windmill Harbor [Beaufort County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the west of Hilton Head Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Windmill Harbor have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Windmill Harbor
    • Wood Lake [Beaufort County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wood Lake
      • Wood Lake [Beaufort County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the east of Hilton Head Island
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wood Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wood Lake

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Hilton Head Island. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

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    • Tom Addison     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Lancaster (SC) on April 12, 1936 (a Sunday) and died in Bluffton (SC) on June 14, 2011 (a Tueday) at the age of 75. He is buried at Lancaster Memorial Park (Lancaster County, South Carolina).
      • Bluffton is located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the west of Hilton Head Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Tom Addison<3>
    • Conrad Aiken     (Author, editor)
      • Author, editor. He was born in Savannah (GA) on August 5, 1889 (a Monday) and died in Savannah (GA) on August 17, 1973 (a Friday) at the age of 84. He is buried at Bonaventure Cemetery (Chatham County, Georgia).
      • Savannah is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest of Hilton Head Island.
      • Savannah is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest of Hilton Head Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Conrad Aiken<3>
    • Joseph William 'Smokin Joe' Frazier     (Professional boxer, Olympic Gold Medalist)
    • Connie Haines     (Singer, Actress)
      • Singer, Actress. She was born in Savannah (GA) on January 20, 1921 (a Thursday) and died in Clearwater Beach (FL) on September 22, 2008 (a Monday) at the age of 87.
      • Savannah is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest of Hilton Head Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Connie Haines<3>
    • Eugene 'Claude' Harmon, Sr.     (Professional golf)
    • Dr. John Edwards Holbrook     (Zoologist, hepretologist, physician, author)
      • Zoologist, hepretologist, physician, author. He was born in Beaufort (SC) on December 31, 1794 (a Wednesday) and died in Norfolk (MA) on September 8, 1871 (a Friday) at the age of 76. He is buried at Magnolia Cemetery (Charleston County, South Carolina).
      • Beaufort is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the north of Hilton Head Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Dr. John Edwards Holbrook<3>
    • Jack Leigh     (Photographer)
      • Photographer. He was born in Savannah (GA) on November 8, 1948 (a Monday) and died in Savannah (GA) on May 18, 2004 (a Tueday) at the age of 55. He is buried at Bonaventure Cemetery (Chatham County, Georgia).
      • Savannah is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest of Hilton Head Island.
      • Savannah is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest of Hilton Head Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jack Leigh<3>
    • Johnny Mercer     (Songwriter, lyricist)
      • Born: John Herndon Mercer
      • Songwriter, lyricist. He was born in Savannah (GA) on November 18, 1909 (a Thursday) and died in Hollywood (CA) on June 25, 1976 (a Friday) at the age of 66. He is buried at Bonaventure Cemetery (Chatham County, Georgia).
      • Savannah is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest of Hilton Head Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Johnny Mercer<3>
    • James McLane Moody     (Musician)
    • James Neill     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Savannah (GA) on September 29, 1860 (a Saturday) and died in Glendale (CA) on March 16, 1931 (a Monday) at the age of 70. He is buried at Bonaventure Cemetery (Chatham County, Georgia).
      • Savannah is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest of Hilton Head Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Neill<3>
    • Joseph 'King' Oliver     (Musician)
    • Ellen Wilson     (Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Woodrow Wilson (1913 - 1921) - she died before the end of Wilson's Presidency)
      • Wife and First Lady to the Presidency of Woodrow Wilson (1913 - 1921) - she died before the end of Wilson's Presidency. She was born in Savannah (GA) on May 15, 1860 (a Tueday) and died in Washington, DC on August 6, 1914 (a Thursday) at the age of 54. She is buried at Myrtle Hill Cemetery (Floyd County, Georgia).
      • Savannah is located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the southwest of Hilton Head Island.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ellen Wilson<3>

How Far From Hilton Head Island to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a town such as Hilton Head Island to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Hilton Head Island and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Beaufort, which is the Seat of Beaufort County and lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the north northeast. If you could walk a straight line from Hilton Head Island to Beaufort, with an average speed<4> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take four to five hours.
    • Columbia, which is the State Capital of South Carolina, lies 124 miles [199.6 km] to the north (N). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 505 miles [812.7 km] to the north northeast (NNE). Driving would take just over a day, a buggy would take 20 days and walking would take 29 days.
    • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,349 miles [10,217.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,034 miles [11,320.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,921 miles [7,919.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in South Carolina

About Beaufort County

About South Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Hilton Head Island: www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov/

The official website for Beaufort County: www.co.beaufort.sc.us/

The official website for State of South Carolina: https://sc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Hilton Head Island) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Hilton Head Island. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Hilton Head IslandOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Hilton Head Island. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.2162, Longitude: -80.7379    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<4>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<5>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Hilton Head Island to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 310.121 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.005 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 308.311 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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