Take a break from I-95 and walk on the wild side.

boardwalk in the walterboro wildlife sanctuary
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There is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary located in the middle of the historic and picturesque city of Walterboro, SC.

Easily reached from I-95, the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place to leave the traffic behind, stretch your legs and enjoy nature. The sanctuary contains a network of boardwalks, hiking, biking and canoe trails that are perfect for viewing a diversity of a black water bottomland habitat.

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Wildlife is abundant in the sanctuary. Wild turkey, deer, raccoons, beaver, otter, mink, opossum, squirrels, fox, alligators and wildcats have been spotted here.

braided creek swamp
Photo by Brent Hughes.

History, culture, recreation and educational opportunities are waiting for you.  The 600-acre sanctuary features a “braided creek” swamp, which divides into an interlocking, or tangled network of several small branching and reuniting creeks, resembling a braid.

freshwwater pond at the walterboro wildlife sanctuary
Photo by Brent Hughes.

The 3.5-mile loop is paved and well maintained. The most historically significant path here follows the Colonial-era Charleston-to-Savannah Stagecoach Road. The former road still bears the remains of cypress built and long-fallen bridges.

Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

A Discovery Center has been constructed just a few miles away at 100 S. Jefferies Blvd. It includes a multi-purpose classroom, exhibit area and amphitheater.

swings along the trail
Photo by Brent Hughes.

From I-95, take Exit 53 and head into Walterboro. The first entrance is located to the left at the corner of S. Jefferies & Ivanhoe Roads.  There is also parking at 399 Detreville Street and Washington Street.

paved path at the refuge
Photo by Brent Hughes.

Bikes and dogs on leashes are welcome on the pathways of the sanctuary, so load up the family and make your way to this nature-based tourism gem that Trip Advisor gives 4 ½ stars. See you soon.

Map of the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary

For more information on things to do in the Walterboro area visit https://southcarolinalowcountry.com/walterboro-colleton-county/ .