Forest Beach – Alder Lane Beach Access
During your Hilton Head Island vacation, you’ll be eager to spend time enjoying the sand and sun along the island’s twelve combined miles of beachfront. If you’re having trouble choosing the perfect beach destination among all that the island has to offer, what better place to visit than a quiet beach oasis that is sure to provide the relaxation that you deserve while vacationing on Hilton Head Island? The Adler Lane Beach access point in Hilton Head’s South Forest Beach area may be your answer. Though it is located close to the hustle and bustle of the multitude of shopping and dining options on Hilton Head’s south end, it is the perfect place to spend a few peaceful hours by the water’s edge.
The Adler Lane Public Beach access point is located within Hilton Head’s historic Forest Beach community. During the island’s early development period in the 1950s, two companies owned the vast majority of the land known as “Forest Beach.” The Sea Pines Company had ownership of land in South Forest Beach, whereas the Hilton Head Company owned land in North Forest Beach. The Sea Pines Company focused their efforts on the development of the nearby Sea Pines Planation, maintaining their land holdings in South Forest Beach for use at a later date. In contrast, the Hilton Head Company developed Port Royal Plantation on Hilton Head’s north end, eventually selling many oceanfront lots in North Forest Beach to finance their project. Interestingly enough, the decisions of these two companies over the decades that followed produced two quite different results in the modern day.
At present, South Forest Beach is known for being home to a multitude of vacation villas and rental condos on Hilton Head Island. The area also has several hotels and timeshare resorts, as well as a variety of shops and restaurants. The Sea Pines Company’s decision to develop and sell portions of this property several years later allowed for the growth of commercial businesses in South Forest Beach. In contrast, North Forest Beach is known for being a quiet residential area with more full-time residents and less seasonal visitors. Some North Forest Beach homeowners have maintained their Hilton Head Island homes as their primary residences, while others offer them for use as Forest Beach vacation rentals. Overall, the Hilton Head Company’s decision to sell off their oceanfront lots in the early phases of development has resulted in a sprawling residential community in North Forest Beach.
Despite the fact that Alder Lane’s Beach Access point is located at 2 Woodward Avenue in the South Forest Beach area, it is still quite removed from the high-traffic area that South Forest Beach has become today. Upon your arrival, you’ll find a small metered parking area on Woodward Avenue, which is directly across the street from Alder Lane. From there, you can find the short path that will lead you directly to the beach. The public access point has restrooms, outdoor showers, and a beach mat surface to ensure a stress-free beach experience. As you make your way past the tree line, you’ll soon understand why this location is sought after by beachgoers seeking a little rest and relaxation. It’s rarely populated by more than a few other visitors, and you’ll feel like you’ve found your own personal paradise. Be sure to plan your visit to this island treasure during your Hilton Head Island Vacation.