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Francis Beidler Forest

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Address: 336 Sanctuary Rd, Harleyville, SC 29448-3324
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The largest virgin Cypress-Tupelo swamp forest in the world spreads over...

The largest virgin Cypress-Tupelo swamp forest in the world spreads over 11,000 scenic acres.

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The naturalists haven

Well preserved natural wetlands forest. The boardwalk is kept in great shape for a stroll at one's leisure to view wildlife in the natural setting. Deer, turkeys, squirrels, owls... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Louie B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well preserved natural wetlands forest. The boardwalk is kept in great shape for a stroll at one's leisure to view wildlife in the natural setting. Deer, turkeys, squirrels, owls, snakes, alligators and lots of other wildlife can be spotted if you take it slow and try to be quiet. Bug spray may be needed in warmer months. Staff is knowledgeable... More 

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Thank Louie B
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you need a break from the crowded streets of Charleston during your next visit, plan on a side trip to the National Audobon Society's Francis Beidler Forest Sanctuary. It's just a short drive up I-26 (around 30 minutes if you're stain in Charleston) but you'll feel like you're worlds removed from the tourist buzz. Here is the largest remaining... More 

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1 Thank Elke M
Mt. Pleasant
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

The cool temperature made the walk through the swamp very enjoyable and relaxing. I can't imagine enduring 4 hours in the swamp during July or August. The only downside was the decreased sightings of wildlife and birds because it was winter. We did see one turtle sunning on a log. We downloaded their app and also followed the booklet provided... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

It was a wonderful walk through the Cypress trees even in the chilly weather. We got to see a brown owl (only saw the back so I hope I'm correct) in the tree. It was very enlightening, so much to see and there would have been more if it had been warmer! I will definitely be back again!

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

We had a great time! We spent several hours here on a hot summer day, and with the high humidity everyone was sweaty and disgusting by the end of it. But the whole place was beautiful. We spotted two timber rattlesnakes, two cottonmouths, and numerous interesting birds, reptiles and insects. The staff was friendly and helpful. We rented binoculars and... More 

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Hope, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Beautifully maintained boardwalk through a pristine swamp. In the winter, though, there is much less to see. The Audubon Society is doing a great job.

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Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

We visited December 30th about 10am and were warmly welcomed by the staff. The 1.75 mile stroll on the clean, accessible boardwalk was calm, quiet and peaceful. Being winter and just about 40 degrees, the snakes, lizards, and turtles were out of site. However we did hear and see many birds including a pileated woodpecker. Scenery is simply beautiful. Don't... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

We had a wonderful day at the Francis Beidler Forest. The staff member was very friendly and very helpful! He gave us great information about the forest, a map to use on the walk, and we were able to rent some binoculars. The boardwalk is a nice, easy walk. I was worried about taking two kids into the forest by... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

This Audubon supported nature site is a phenomenal treasure! Both adults and children will be astounded! The Nature Guide we had, Matt Johnson, was intelligent, captivating, professional, and knowledgeable! If you have a group of ten you can have a Naturalist to yourself! I can't even comprehend how they built a boardwalk over a swamp! You can be clean and... More 

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California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This forest had nice walkways above the swamp and was very serene. We saw two banded snakes in the plants, as well as numerous anole lizards. We could hear woodpeckers and other birds above us, but they stayed hidden the day we were there. The alligators were not out in mid-October, but I don't know if that's typical for that... More 

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