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Audubon Center & Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest

336 Sanctuary Rd, Harleyville, SC 29448, United States

336 Sanctuary Rd., Harleyville, SC 29448 Off I-26 Exit 177 through Harleyville and follow the signs Telephone: 843) 462-2150 Fax: (843) 462-2713 Website: www.beidlerforest.com Beidler Forest is the largest virgin cypress-tupelo swamp forest in the world. This 15,000 acres riverine sanctuary in the heart of Four Holes Swamp, embraces 1,800 acres of ancient trees that tower over blackwater streams, clear pools and 300 species of wildlife. A 1 3/4 mile long boardwalk, with nine rest stops and two rain shelters, takes visitors into the heart of the old-growth cypress-tupelo swamp. The swamp forest is home to 44 species of mammals, 140 species of birds, 39 species of fish, 50 species of reptiles, 40 species of amphibian and various creatures. Days & Hours of Operation: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving, December 24, 25, 31 and New Year’s Day. 
Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Admission Charge: Yes Members free. Canoe trips, night walks and other activities available in season and by reservation.

(843) 462-2150

Bayless Fish Hatchery and St. Stephen Fish Lift

305 Black Oak Rd, Bonneau, SC 29431, United States

305 Black Oak Rd., Bonneau, SC 29431 Telephone: (843) 825-3387 Fax: (843) 825-3382 Website: www.dnr.sc.gov In the spring, adult striped bass is captured in the canal just below the St. Stephen Dam using electrofishing devices that momentarily stun the fish, but do not kill them. Crews quickly move the fish to the hatchery for spawning. Over 25 million viable eggs are produced each year. Visitors can watch the capture of adult fish and view this spawning process during scheduled tours. Guided tours of the fish lift facility includes an underwater window to view fish as they pass into the Santee Cooper lakes on their annual migration. Species include American shad, blueback herring, striped bass and others. Days & Hours of Operation: March 15 through April 15 - 9:30am to 3:30pm. The fish lift is open to visitors from March 15 – April 15 each spring. Visitors must call in advance to make a reservation for a free tour. Reservations will be accepted beginning January for the upcoming season. Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Admission Charge: Adult n/a, Child n/a

(843) 825-3387

Berkeley County Blueways

The Berkeley County Blueways paddling trail system identifies over 175 miles of total water course from 23 trails. www.berkeleyblueways.com It is the desire of this partnership that the Berkeley County Blueways should be viewed as an open invitation for recreational paddlers to experience and enjoy the abundant and beautiful lakes, rivers, streams, forests and wildlife we have to offer. For more information or a bound copy of the Berkeley County Blueways contact: Berkeley Conservation District, (843) 719-4146

(843) 719-4146

Blueway Adventures, LLC

100 Paul Revere Square, Bonneau, SC 29431, United States

Kayak Tours, Kayak Fishing, Kayak Rentals, Kayak Classes Scenic/Historic/Authentic Lowcountry Paddling on Lake Moultrie, Lake Marion, and Charleston area rivers. Enjoy lake kayaking at its finest for family outings, vacation side trips, wildlife viewing, and fun in the sun. See Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Loons and variety of wading birds. Other wildlife you may see include White Tailed Deer, beaver, turtles, and alligators. Beautiful water lilies, Lotus flowers, and a variety of plants and trees including Bald Cypress, Tupelos, and others. Lake Moultrie tours include Dennis Pasture, Coon Island, and custom tours. Lake Marion tours include Sparkleberry Swamp, Church Island, and Eutaw Springs. Visit Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion for that vacation adventure you’ll talk about for years to come. Hours of Operation:  Open Year Round with convenient summer and winter hours Admission Charge:  Yes Handicapped Accessible:  Yes on some tours

843-825-4622

Cooper River Underwater Heritage Trail 

Diving sites are located in the Cooper River from the Strawberry trestle to Mepkin Abbey. The underwater history trail includes: the Strawberry Revolutionary War shipwreck, dating to 1781; the Strawberry Ferry landing, established in 1705; the Pimlico sailing vessel, a large ship that was apparently intended for offshore operation rather than on inland waterways; the Pimlico barge, from the 19th century; the Mepkin Plantation boat; and the Mepkin dock structure, a former plantation wharf.

Edisto Memorial Gardens

200 Riverside Dr SW, Orangeburg, SC 29115, United States

The Edisto Memorial Gardens combines great natural beauty and fun activities to make the Gardens a must see for visitors. 
In the mid-1920’s, the first azaleas were planted on a five-acre plot. In 1947, greenhouses and nursery facilities were added to the Gardens Operation. The Rose Garden was added in January 1951 to extend the season of beauty, and today, the Edisto memorial Gardens is composed of 150 acres of azaleas, camellias, roses and other flowers spaced among giant oaks and century old cypress trees. Always on display in the garden is some 4,000 plants, representing at least 75 labeled varieties of roses. The Gardens also contain one of only 23 official test gardens in the United States sanctioned 
by All-America Rose Selections, Inc. 
 Days & Hours of Operation: Always 
 Handicapped Accessible: Yes 
 Admission Charge: No 


(803) 534-6821

Edisto River

Access off Hwy 301 Telephone: (803) 533-6020 Fax: (803) 533-6027 Admission Charge: No The Edisto river runs over 200 miles, which makes it the longest blackwater river in the world. The entire river runs through eight counties, with the North fork going through Orangeburg county and the Edisto Memorial Gardens. The north fork is only passable by canoe and small motor boat and winds through some of the most scenic country you will ever see. Days & Hours of Operation: Always Open  
Handicapped Accessible: Some sections 
 Admission Charge: No

(803) 533-6020

FishEagle Historic Locks Tours and Historic Plantation River Boat Tours

582 Dock Rd, Moncks Corner, SC, United States

Join us on a Trip of a lifetime on our Pontoon as we cruise up and down the Historic Tail Race Canal.  We'll experience going "Up the Lock" into Lake Mountrie and back down again during a water rise and fall of 75 ft.!  Or enjoy a Cooper River Plantation Tour and learn about the rice culture and historic Mepkin Abbey Monestary along the way. Enjoy wildlife along the way and interpretation of the unique history of the canal and the Santee Cooper Lakes. Advanced Reservations Required.   Available Wednesdays - Sundays with a 4 person minimum Gilligans Restaurant  10 a.m. and 2 p.m. departures

803-974-1262

Fisheagle Tours – Lake & Swamp Tour

277 State Park Rd, Santee, SC 29142, United States

Join us at the Santee State Park on our 40 ft. 30 passenger Quad Pontoon Boat that is Coast Guard Inspected and approved! Discover a magical flooded forest among towering cypress trees and journey through "Osprey Village" and see abundant wildlife including Alligators, turtles, wetland wading birds and migratory songbirds.  Both the cultural and natural history are interpreted during the tour. Days and Hours of operation:  Wednesdays & Saturdays at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.,  Fridays at 10 a.m. - 12 noon., Available 7 days a week with a 5 person minimum.Accessible to Handicapped: Yes with a 24 hr. advanced reservation. Admission Charge: Yes

(803) 974-1262

Horne Wetlands Park

Riverside Drive, Orangeburg, SC, United States

Riverside Drive, Orangeburg (off Hwy 301) Telephone:(803) 533-6020 Fax: (803) 533-6027 This 2,600 ft. boardwalk takes the visitor into a Tupelo/Cypress wetland that lies between the Display Gardens and the North fork of the Edisto River. The boardwalk, which is fully handicap accessible, permits visitors to get an up-close look at the plant life and the wildlife of a wetlands area as well as the Edisto River. The Park features a boat dock with a gazebo. Days & Hours of Operation: Always open Handicapped Accessible: Yes Admission Charge: No

(803) 533-6020

Millcreek Park

155 Haynsworth St, Sumter, SC 29150, United States

155 Haynsworth St., Sumter, SC 29150 Telephone: (803) 436-2248 Fax: (803) 436-2400 email: recreation@sumter.net A great place for reunions, church outings, horse rides, etc. Rustic atmosphere with campsites, horse stables & trails, lake for fishing, bathhouse and a clubhouse with kitchen. Days & Hours of Operation: By reservation only Accessible to Handicapped: Yes Admission Charge: Call for quotes

(803) 436-2248

Naturalist Guided Hiking Tours at Santee State Park

277 State Park Road, Santee, SC, United States

Accesible to Handicapped:  YES with a 24 hour advanced reservation. Rentals:  Paddleboards:  $20, Single Kayaks:  $25,  Tandem Kayaks or Canoes:  $35 2 Hour Guided Kayak or Canoe Tour:  $30 kids ages 3 - 12, $38 seniors ages 65 + and $40 adults  3 Hour Guide Kayak or Canoe Tour:  $30 kids ages 3-12, $52 seniors ages 65 and up and $55 adults.  Discounted Rates for Non-profits, Schools and Clubs

803-974-1262