Francis Beidler Forest

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Francis Beidler Forest
Drivers headed between Charleston and Columbia on Interstate 26 may be unaware that the ecosystem they are passing through is among the wildest tracts of land left on the Eastern seaboard, thanks to its swampy, uninhabitable nature. But where humans largely avoid, animals are in abundance, and that’s certainly the case at the Francis Beidler Forest, a 17,000-acre sanctuary that’s maintained by the National Audubon Society within the larger Four Holes Swamp area. The old growth stands of cypress and tupelo trees are observable via a 1.75-mile, handicapped-accessible boardwalk and trail that ventures deep into the wet bottomland forest, allowing glimpses of otters, alligators and countless birds. Bring your binoculars to spot rare woodpeckers, owls and songbirds. To explore even deeper into the forest, book a canoe or kayak trip through Audubon’s visitor center.
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336 Sanctuary Rd, Harleyville, SC 29448, USA
+1 843-462-2160
Tue - Sun 9am - 5pm