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If you're looking for a quiet shore in Hilton Head, you'll no doubt fall in love with Mitchelville Beach (also known as Fish Haul Beach Park). Located on the northeastern end of the island near Hilton Head Island Airport, Mitchelville Beach is more secluded and more rugged than its southern counterparts (think Coligny and Folly Field). Here, crowds are few and far between, pathways are unpaved and the coastal flora extends down well into the shoreline, creating an enchanting beach experience. What's more, in the area surrounding the beach, you'll find restrooms, an outdoor shower and some picnic tables.

Recent visitors who made the trek to Mitchelville Beach found it to be secluded and peaceful. Many highly recommended visiting during low tide, when the salt marshes and beach tide pools (and all of their inhabitants) are more visible and ripe for exploration. Travelers also noted that some parts of the beach can be pretty muddy, so it's possible you might get a little dirty. And if you're looking to swim, you might want to go elsewhere. There are no lifeguards staffed here and a few travelers recalled the sand not being as smooth underwater.  

Mitchelville Beach is open Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the warmer months and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during winter. There is no fee to enter the beach. For more information on Mitchelville Beach, visit the Hilton Head tourism board's website.

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#1 Coligny Beach Coligny Beach is by far the most popular beach in Hilton Head. The shoreline is scenic as can be and the adjacent beach park features a wealth of amenities perfect ... Read more » Ann Rivall / USNWR

#2 Daufuskie Island Daufuskie Island offers Hilton Head vacationers a getaway within a getaway. The island, located west of Harbour Town across the Calibogue Sound, feels like a world away thanks to its ... Read more » akaplummer / Getty Images

#3 Mitchelville Beach If you're looking for a quiet shore in Hilton Head, you'll no doubt fall in love with Mitchelville Beach (also known as Fish Haul Beach Park). Located on ... Read more » PETERLAKOMY / Getty Images

#4 Harbour Town Hilton Head's Harbour Town district a pocket inside the island's gated Sea Pines resort community, is home to the iconic candy-cane-striped lighthouse that you've likely seen splashed ... Read more » Louise Heusinkveld / Getty Images

#5 Coastal Discovery Museum If you're wanting a break from the beach, or need a family-friendly activity to keep your kiddos on their toes, make time for a visit to the Coastal Discovery ... Read more » U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Wikimedia Commons

#6 Driessen Beach When locals want to escape the crowds of Coligny Beach, they often retreat to Driessen Beach. Located on the northeastern end of the island, Driessen offers a wide shore that ... Read more » Shannon Fagan / Getty Images

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#8 Golf Often referred to as "The Golf Island," Hilton Head isn't lacking in pristine fairways. Some offer an enviable coastal lookout while others are shrouded by mossy live oaks. All ... Read more » Courtesy of the Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau

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Visit Coligny Beach in the morning if you don't want to contend with huge crowds.  Ann Rivall / USNWR

Daufuskie Island is lauded for its many beautiful, crowdless beaches. akaplummer / Getty Images

Mitchelville Beach is one of the quieter shorelines in Hilton Head.  PETERLAKOMY / Getty Images

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Situated on the 68-acre Honey Horn property, the museum features trails, gardens, live oaks, a butterfly enclosure and Marsh Tacky horses, a rare breed native to South Carolina. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Wikimedia Commons

When the crowds of Coligny get to be too much, locals are known to head to Driessen Beach for some R&R.  Shannon Fagan / Getty Images

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