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Francis Beidler Forest

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336 Sanctuary Rd, Harleyville, SC 29448-3324
+1 843-462-2150
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I've been a member of Audubon for years and never heard about this place. What a shame there's not... read more

Reviewed 16 December 2017
Sebastian, Florida

This is a beautiful sanctuary featuring cypress swampland and wildlife. It is birdwatching... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
Charleston, South Carolina
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The largest virgin Cypress-Tupelo swamp forest in the world spreads over 11,000 scenic acres.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good21%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“bug spray” (6 reviews)
“old trees” (4 reviews)
336 Sanctuary Rd, Harleyville, SC 29448-3324
+1 843-462-2150
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Reviewed 16 December 2017

I've been a member of Audubon for years and never heard about this place. What a shame there's not more advertising done. We found this by accident and it provided us with several hours of beauty and tranquillity. It's a bit out of the way,...More

2  Thank barbaragwen270
Reviewed 18 September 2017

This is a beautiful sanctuary featuring cypress swampland and wildlife. It is birdwatching perfection. I enjoyed hiking the boardwalk trail among cypress knees, watching water snakes, deer, and birds. There is a quaint gift shop.

Thank fsmith1959
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Honestly we didn't come prepared to visit this little gem. We kind of stumbled upon it. And, we went here with the grandchildren. Actually would not suggest it for toddlers. I only say that because a lot of people come here for the quiet and...More

Thank mspsycho80
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Pros: Saw tons of wildlife including an otter, a garter snake, a pileated woodpecker, a turtle, and a lizard as well as plenty of orb weavers and water bugs. The boardwalk was very nice. The visitor center staff were incredibly friendly and happy to share...More

1  Thank RoapTripper3081
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

1,000+ year old trees. This is an old growth forest. Stunning. Hundreds of flora and fauna species. Incredible scenery. We happened in a day where very few people were here!! The few that came after us were loud (discouraged here so that everyone can enjoy...More

Thank Rebecca A
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Frances Beidler Forest, an Audubon wildlife sanctuary at Four Holes Swamp. 1.7 mile accessible boardwalk. Fantastic!

Thank Patti T
Reviewed 30 April 2017

There were 8 of us, including 2 teens, one 6 yr old, 2 seniors, and 3 adults. There was something for everyone. The boardwalk was quite nice and meandered through the swampy area. We saw an owl, snakes, wild flowers, turtles, lots of gorgeous trees...More

Thank Barb J
Reviewed 2 April 2017

As an avid nature + wildlife photographer who loves visiting nature parks - especially remote areas that aren't super busy - Francis Beidler Forest is the perfect spot for those who want to get a few hours (or a full day - it's up to...More

1  Thank SashaAzevedo
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Luckily, a friend told me about this place while I was in SC. it is very remote-thank goodness for my GPS-but worth the effort. They have a 1 1/2 mile boardwalk through the tupelo.cypruss swamp, plus guided canoe trips. I walked, and if it was...More

Thank sethelm
Reviewed 27 March 2017

The first thing I noticed was how wonderful the air smelled here, I couldn't breathe it in deeply enough. The staff at the visitor center were friendly and helpful, and then the adventure began! The trail winds through wild patches of dwarf palmettos, and then...More

Thank Josh S
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1 July 2017|
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Response from mspsycho80 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about the scooters for seniors. That would be a great idea. I would call them. If you are healthy adult it is a nice walk. If you are an older adult with any kind of foot problems, well, it IS... More
7 April 2017|
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Response from AudubonSC |
the walkway is 1.75 miles long through old growth...you get a good view of the habitat. it is spectacular now!
17 July 2016|
Response from Frances R | Reviewed this property |
We paid senior citizen rate of $8 each. I believe regular adult fee is $10,, kids under 12, $5.