Harbour Town Lighthouse

When you envision gorgeous landmarks of the Lowcountry, a few things are sure to cross your mind. Swaying spartina grass, mossy oaks and the Hilton Head Lighthouse rank high on that list! 

Locals know this landmark as the Harbour Town Lighthouse; a visit to our island must include a trip to explore this towering, striped structure.


The History of The Harbour Town Lighthouse

Did you know the first Hilton Head Lighthouse was not the iconic landmark we see today? The Harbour Town Lighthouse was built by Charles Fraser as a tribute to the original constructed in 1863 with the help of Union Troops.

When Hilton Head Island was just a logging camp, Charles envisioned developing the area into a community centered around nature and the special atmosphere the Lowcountry provides. Through this, Sea Pines was born!

Construction for the Harbour Town Lighthouse began in 1969 and was completed the following year. It is 90 feet tall and marked with red and white stripes. Having always been privately owned as part of the Sea Pines Plantation, the lighthouse is in working order and flashes every 25 seconds.

According to the lighthouse website, "visitors are invited to explore the rich history of the island - learn fun facts, listen to authentic Lowcountry music, view artifacts from the island's historic eras, including the Civil War, and find a collection of memorabilia from the PGA TOUR's famed RBC Heritage."

And, you can even get married at the Harbour Town Lighthouse! Now the most recognized symbol of Hilton Head Island, this landmark provides some truly stunning views. 
Visitors who reach the top are greeted with a show-stopping panoramic picture. Make time to ascend the landmark for a sunset - you will not regret it.


Hilton Head Lighthouse Tour at Harbour Town

The Harbour Town Lighthouse offers a "museum-like setting" for visitors to enjoy as they climb. While there are no guided tours offered, you do not want to miss exploring this landmark on your own. 

Located inside the sprawling Sea Pines Plantation, visitors can make a day out of it by paying a small gate fee and exploring the entire community. 

Thanks in part to the RBC Heritage's PGA broadcast, the famous Hilton Head Lighthouse has made Harbour Town's 18th hole one of the most recognizable around the world. Golf enthusiasts are sure to enjoy seeing the lighthouse in person!

With shops, restaurants, and plenty of stunning outdoor scenes, the lighthouse and surrounding areas offer an enjoyable experience for all ages:

Address: 149 Lighthouse Rd. Hilton Head Island SC 29928

Phone: (843) 671-2810

Hours of Operation: Open from 10 am - 7:30 pm daily



If you're interested in experiencing the world-famous Hilton Head Lighthouse, make your way to Harbour Town at Sea Pines:

  • Built in 1969, this working lighthouse is 90 feet tall and flashes every 25 seconds.
  • Open to the public seven days a week
  • Free to tour; just pay the Sea Pines gate fee
  • Fun for all ages
  • Enjoy panoramic Lowcountry views from the top

Have you ever climbed the Harbour Town Lighthouse? 

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