Green’s Shell Enclosure

Trail Activities: t

  • Walk


0.20 miles


Round Trip



Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Scenic Observation
  • Point of Interest
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • No Camping


The 3-acre Green's Shell Enclosure Heritage Preserve is an archaeological site dating back to 1335 A.D. This trail is located near the top of Hilton Head Island, just off of Squire Pope Road.

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From the parking area, you will walk on a road to this short, easy trail, which will take you into the past. You will pass a cemetery and cross over a ramp to an overlook at the end of the trail. Green’s Shell Enclosure is a low earthen embankment, two to six feet high, that dates back to the Irene Period of 1300 to 1450 A.D. Covering two acres, this embankment was once a fortified village built by farmers who used shells for everything from tools to objects used for religious rituals.

Stay on the trail and do not remove anything from this preserve. Insect repellent is recommended during the warm months.

Hours: Dawn to dusk


On Hilton Head Island: From the intersection of US 278 and Squire Pope Road, drive north and turn left into Greens Park. Pass the office on the left and the entrance to the preserve is on the left at the gate. Go around the gate and walk on the road past the cemetery to the entrance ramp.

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Lat: 32.22170860341510
Long: -80.75932066415635