Widgeon Point Preserve

Beaufort County’s Newest Treasure

Widgeon Point Preserve

Looking for a dog-friendly place to commune with nature? Widgeon Point Preserve is Beaufort County’s newest passive park.  Here you’ll find 162 acres of mixed pine-hardwood forest, maritime forest, and salt marsh along the Broad River. Located on Lemon Island, off Hwy 170, the preserve is co-owned by Beaufort County and the Beaufort County Open Land Trust.

Sidewalks lead from the paved parking lot to a picnic pavilion, a bird blind, and an event barn.  A 0.7-mile hiking loop travels the perimeter of the adjacent hummock island. The loop is a wide, flat nature trail that travels through pines, palms, and oak trees. Views of the river can be seen from several different vantage points.

The preserve is a great spot for picnicking, hiking, and wildlife viewing. There’s even a water fountain that is equipped for dogs. While hiking, keep a keen eye for white-tailed deer, bald eagles, fox squirrels and wading birds. Alligators have also been seen in the fresh-water ponds, so be careful to keep the dogs away from the water’s edge.

The various coastal habitats of Widgeon Point Preserve support a rich diversity of wildlife and plants. Visitors have extraordinary opportunities to observe the natural beauty of the Lowcountry. The preserve is open daily, from dawn to dusk.

Widgeon Point Preserve
43 Okatie Hwy, Beaufort, SC

For more information on Beaufort and Lowcountry attractions, visit southcarolinalowcountry.com.


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