Hilton Head Island, known for its Atlantic Ocean beaches and golf courses, is a small island off the coast of South Carolina about 171 miles (275 km) north of Jacksonville, Florida. The beaches are unaffected by artificial illumination, providing a dark and open sky ideal for successful stargazing. The Harbour Town Lighthouse and Museum marks the southwest tip, while the Coastal Discovery Museum features heritage buildings, trees and themed gardens. Between the island and mainland, the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge salt marsh hosts deer, alligators and birds. Camping is also available at a variety of local campgrounds and RV parks. For more information, please visit online or call 800-523-3373 toll-free.
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