With unique natural surroundings and rare plants, birds, reptiles, fish and mammals, the Francis Beidler Forest is about an hour outside of Charleston and offers nature lovers quite a treat. Maintained by the Audubon Society, this retreat from busy city life may be just what you need to renew your spirit and get in touch with nature. With a 1.75 mile boardwalk creating a path through the forest that has provided over 300,000 visitors up to date with a path into the cypress and gum tree sanctuary.
Boardwalk at Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest
The Boardwalk offers visitors a great way to get a taste of all the forest and swamp have to offer, and you can take a guided tour with a skilled naturalist who will point out all the details that make this region so fascinating. Take this opportunity to commune with nature, catch a glimpse of rare plants and animals and learn a little more about this beautiful environment.
The Audobon Society owns over 16,000 acres of the 45,000 acre Four Holes swamps, and is glad to give visitors an insight to the blackwater sloughs and lakes as well as the 1,000-year-old Bald Cypress and Tupelo Gum trees which comprise the largest remaining sanctuary of this plant species in the world.