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Francis Beidler Forest

#1 of 1 things to do in Harleyville Features Animals
336 Sanctuary Rd, Harleyville, SC 29448-3324
+1 843-462-2150
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Wow I had no idea

1,000+ year old trees. This is an old growth forest. Stunning. Hundreds of flora and fauna species... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Rebecca A
via mobile
Wheelchair accessible boardwalk!

Frances Beidler Forest, an Audubon wildlife sanctuary at Four Holes Swamp. 1.7 mile accessible... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
Patti T
Birmingham, Al
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The largest virgin Cypress-Tupelo swamp forest in the world spreads over 11,000 scenic acres.
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336 Sanctuary Rd, Harleyville, SC 29448-3324
+1 843-462-2150
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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 18 June 2017

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

Thank Patti T
Reviewed 1 May 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 29 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
Reviewed 8 March 2017

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...More

Thank Louie B
Reviewed 28 February 2017

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...More

1  Thank Elke M
Reviewed 13 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...More

1  Thank seabug944
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...More

Thank Rebecca M
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2 July 2017|
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Response from ShortStack12 | Reviewed this property |
Restrooms at the entrance where you pay. The boardwalk through the swamp is a 1 3/4 mile loop. Flat. There are 10 rest stops. Not strenuous at all. Don't expect them to rent scooters.
8 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.