Wildlife Preserves and Nature Trails in Lowcountry

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Wildlife Preserves, Nature Trails and Sights

ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve System

More than 140,000 acres of winding tidal creeks, salt marshes, barrier and marsh islands. Home to many endangered or threatened species such as Loggerhead Sea Turtles and Southern bald eagles. Research information (843)844-8822. www.acebasin.net Tours (843)521-3099.

ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Audubon Newhall Preserve

Beaufort County. (843)785-5775
Palmetto Bay Rd., Hilton Head Island.
50 acre preserve where native plant life & many different species of birds have been identified.
www.hiltonheadaudubon.org

Audubon Newhall Preserve

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area

Colleton County. (843)844-2952. Mon.-Sat.,
Jan. 21th – Oct. 31st. Sunrise to sunset. Located between the Ashepoo and South Edisto Rivers, off US Hwy 17 and approx. 2 miles east of Green Pond.11,055 acres includes 4419 acres of impounded marshland managed for waterfowl. Regulated hunting.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area

Blue Heron Nature Trail

Walking tour of Lowcountry Wetlands.
View wildlife. Exit 21, Ridgeland
(843)726-7611,

Blue Heron Nature Trail

Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area

The 4,360.5 acre Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located adjacent to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the southeast corner of Edisto Island. The area’s location near the North Edisto river places it within the boundary of the ACE Basin Focus Area, one of the largest remaining relatively undeveloped wetland ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast. (843)869-2713, www.botanybayplantation.com

Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area

Coastal Discovery Museum of Hilton Head Island

Beaufort County. (843)689-6767, http://www.coastaldiscovery.org/
Variety of land-based and water-based tours to educate about the habitat and eco-system of the area. Beach walks, water and marsh tours, cruises of ACE Basin.

Coastal Discovery Museum of Hilton Head Island

Cypress Creek Wildlife Management Area

Hampton/Jasper Counties. (843)726-6775
4605 acres northwest of Grays between Highways 3 and 278. Deer, wild turkey and small game. Regulated hunting.

Cypress Creek Wildlife Management Area

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

Greenpond (843)844-8957,
An 8,048 acre diversity of wetland and upland habits including: rice fields, forested wetland, tidal marsh, and upland forest types.

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

Edisto Island Serpentarium

1374 Hwy. 174, (843)869-1171.
Near the Old Post Office Restaurant. Features 1,000 Snakes, alligator pits, turtles, lizards. Interpretations.
www.edistoserpentarium.com

Edisto Island Serpentarium

Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary

Walterboro, Detreville St, (843)538-4353.
Comprosed of over 800 acres of braided creek and hardwood flats. The sanctuary offers boardwalks, bridges, bike and walking trails for viewing natural Lowcountry wildlife and beauty. Spanish Moss drips from Cypress trees and wildflowers abound as you pass a beaver pond, duck pond and butterfly garden. http://www.walterborosc.org/greatswampsanctuary.aspx

Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary

James M. Waddell, Jr. Mariculture Research and Development Center

Bluffton. (843)837-3795.
211 Sawmill Creek Rd. off Hwy. 278. http://www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/mrri/waddell/index.html
One of the largest facilities in the world for fish and shrimp farming and mariculture potential. By appointment only.

James M. Waddell, Jr. Mariculture Research and Development Center

Jarvis Creek Park

Located just east of the intersection of US Hwy.278 and the Cross Island Parkway/Gum Tree Road. Freshwater pond fishing, floating dock, playground, grass meadow, picnic facilities, grills, swings, paved pathways, mulched trails and restrooms. http://www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov/ourisland/Parks/parksandfacdetails.cfm?FacilityID=14

Jarvis Creek Park

Marsh Boardwalks at Hunting Island State Park

Beaufort County. (843)838-2011. http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/huntingisland/introduction.aspx
Stroll through 200 yards of salt marsh environment and overlook Johnson Creek.

Marsh Boardwalks at Hunting Island State Park

Palmetto Dunes Resort

Explore Hilton Head Island’s only 11 mile salt water lagoon system in a kayak or canoe for a one of a kind Lowcountry nature tour.
(843)785-1138, (866)832-3799
http://www.palmettodunes.com/south-carolina-canoes-kayaks.php

Palmetto Dunes Resort

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Beaufort County. (843)784-9911,  http://www.fws.gov/pinckneyisland/
Off Hwy 278 past Graves Bridge, Hilton Head Island. (912)452-4415. 4,052 acres that preserve the salt marsh and maritime habitat.

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Port Royal Cypress Wetlands Walking Trail

Beaufort County. (843)986-2211,  http://www.portroyal.org/index.html
Paris Avenue, Port Royal. Cypress wetland is viewed along boardwalks surrounding nesting grounds for shore birds.

Port Royal Cypress Wetlands Walking Trail

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Located on Hwy 17, north of the Georgia border, near Hardeeville. 3-mile drive through old rice field dikes. Over 7,000 acres of wetlands flora, fauna. (843)726-8126, http://www.fws.gov/savannah/

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Spanish Mount Trail at Edisto Beach State Park

Edisto Island, (843)869-4430. this four mile self-interpretive nature trail winds through a maritime forest and includes an ancient Indian shell mound.
www.sctrails.net/Trails/ALLTRAILS/Hiking/Lowcountry/EdistoBeachSP.html

Spanish Mount Trail at Edisto Beach State Park

Tillman Sand Ridge Wildlife Management Area

Jasper County. (803)625-3569.
5 miles west of Tillman on Hwy S-17-119. This 952-acre tract protects the endangered Gopher Tortoise. By appointment only.

Tillman Sand Ridge Wildlife Management Area

Turtle Island Wildlife Management Area

Jasper County. (803)625-3569,
Boat access only between Daufuskie Island and Savannah. 1700 acres of salt marsh, maritime forest and barrier beach. By appointment only. Regulated hunting.

Turtle Island Wildlife Management Area

Victoria Bluff Wildlife Management Area

Jasper County. (803)625-3569,
Near Bluffton on Hwy 278 and the Colleton River. Controlled hiking, bird watching, picnicking and camping. By appointment only. Regulated hunting.

Victoria Bluff Wildlife Management Area

Webb Wildlife Management Area

(Webb/Palachucola/WMA/Hamilton Ridge)
Hampton County. (803)625-3569,
Off Hwy. 321 bordering the historical Savannah River. The 25,000+ acres provide excellent viewing of deer, wild turkeys, bobwhite quail, gray squirrel and many types of birds. Several nature trails. Ponds available for fishing. Regulated hunting.

Webb Wildlife Management Area

Westvaco Nature Trail

Colleton County. (843)871-5000. Jacksonboro, SC. This trail features fauna, flora and historical landmarks such as the Old King’s Highway (dating from 1700), old rice field banks and an old phosphate plant site. http://www.sctrails.net/Trails/ALLTRAILS/nrt/EdistoNature.html

Westvaco Nature Trail