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Alder Lane Beach Access

The dog-friendly Alder Lane Beach in Hilton Head is a great, quiet getaway from the typical beach scene since its crowd size is much smaller than that of the surrounding area beaches. It's located off of South Forest Beach drive, next to the Marriott Grande Ocean Resort, and amenities include beach matting, restrooms, outdoor showers, 22 metered parking spaces, and seasonal lifeguards. Animals are permitted on the beach during the official beach season, April 1st through September 30th before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m, or anytime in the off season. They must be on a leash or under positive voice control at all times. Owner's are also required to remove and properly dispose of the animal's excrement as well. Visit Website

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Alder Lane Beach Access has received a rating of 5.0 out of 5 bones by 7 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 20 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Scott
    May. 6, 2022
    On or Off leash puppy fun

    Great space to play fetch or play in water.

  • Sallie
    Jul. 23, 2020
    Great on Leash Beach!

    My dog loves the beach but we have to be cautious where we go because she does react well with off leash dogs charging at her, regardless of how friendly they may be. We went to Alder Ln. beach access at 5:30 on a Wednesday and while there were a lot of people there, we saw only a handful of dogs and they were all leashed (as they should be..). It’s very disheartening for me and my dog when we go somewhere where dogs are supposed to be on leash and their owners are allowing them to run up to us off leash with no voice control. We loved this beach!!! The parking lot is metered just FYI you will need quarters.

  • Tina
    Mar. 23, 2019
    Our dog loves this beach!

    In March dogs can run and play with no leash. Our dog runs, chases balls, splashes in the water and has a blast. It is not crowded and everyone we meet is dog friendly.

  • Debra
    Mar. 16, 2019
    Beautiful beach with easy access and open space for dogs off leash

    Although we chose a fairly chilly day, we thoroughly enjoyed beautiful Hilton head and this beach in particular. We parked in the free parking at the beginning of the road, about a 14 minute walk and strolled to the entrance over by the Marriott resort. The walk was nice but it is a bike path so you do have to give away a lot to bicycles. There are plastic walkways down to the beach which make getting across the soft sand super easy and the rest of the sand is hard and compacted. Because it was off-season, the dogs were allowed off leash and they ran and played to their hearts content. Be sure to pay attention to the special directions on finding the beach because it is a bit tricky and also to the hours and dates that the dogs can be on the beach

  • Corinne
    More than a year ago
    Timing is Everything

    October to March is OFF season, and the perfect time to visit. “Under positive voice control” is easy for our dobies, so they got to run and swim and have a grand time with a dozen other dogs during our day here. Parking lot is just north of Alder Lane entry! Bring quarters. And bring a reusable bottle bc there is a water fountain and bathrooms on the boardwalk to the beach!

  • Nichole
    More than a year ago
    very nice!

    The beach was a little crowded, but a short walk down and I had plenty of room to play frisbee with my dog. I will definitely be going back! Loved it!

  • Amy
    More than a year ago
    Great beaches for dogs!

    There are time restrictions for dogs in the summer due to crowds and usually it's too hot for dogs on the beach in the summer anyway. There are tons of places to take your dog in Hilton Head. As I do before going anywhere with your dog...research first!

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