Birding and Environmental Resources for the Waccamaw Region


Francis Beidler Forest / Four Holes Swamp

  • Located near Harleyville. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 0900 to 1700.  Has a 1.7 mile boardwalk through the heart of Four Holes Swamp.

State Parks and Preserves

  • Huntington Beach State Park located off of US Hwy 17 south of Murrells Inlet.
    One of the top birding spots in the eastern United States. Because of the diversity of habitats offered, HBSP was recently voted as the first 5 out of ten "Favorite Birding Sites" by the WAS!
  • Myrtle Beach State Park located off of US Hwy 17 north of Surfside Beach. There is a fishing pier, nice beach, and a wooded nature trail.
  • Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve.  Drive north on Hwy 90 about 6.8 miles and turn right onto International Road.
    This 9,343 acre property contains a group of 20 undisturbed Carolina bays and includes habitats for the Black bear, the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker, the threatened Venus' flytrap, a rare Savannah milkweed and a Pond pine pocosin plant community.
  • Santee Coastal and Washo Reserves
    The Santee Coastal Reserve (SCR) Wildlife Management Area is owned and managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The Area was donated to the Department by the Santee Coastal Club through the Nature Conservancy. Consisting of 24,000 acres, the tract is characterized as a waterfowl management area, but it also provides management capabilities for a wide variety of game, nongame and fishery resources such as hiking, biking and canoeing. The Santee Coastal Reserve is open for limited public use year round except during hunting seasons Call (843) 546-8665 for up to date details on closings and access.

    The "heart" of the SCR is the Washo Reserve featuring a Swamp boardwalk. The Washo Reserve area of the Santee Coastal Reserve is owned by The Nature Conservancy and is managed by SCDNR under lease. Public visitation to the Washo and the marshland nature trail will be allowed from February 1 through October 31. Hours of visitation are 8 am to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. During the period February 1 through August 31, public visitation and access will be restricted to the use of the boardwalk and nature trails du e to the high concentration of breeding and nesting birds. Special visitations during the breeding and nesting seasons may be arranged by prior contact. Call SCDNR Santee Delta Wildlife Management Area 843-546-8665 for up-to-date details on closings and access

  • Busbee Lake.  Located off Hwy 501 near Conway.  Nice walking/biking trail around the trail.  Eagles have nested here every year.  Marsh birds are easy to fine.


National Wildlife Refuges

  • Cape Romain NWR & Bull Island .  From Charleston travel north on Hwy 17 from Mt. Pleasant.  Turn right on Seewee Road and follow signs to Garris Landing. From Georgetown drive 33 mi. S of Georgetown on Hwy. 17 S turn left on Doar Rd. at the sign to Garris Landing Access to the refuge is by boat only, but a passenger ferry operated by Coastal Expeditions runs to Bull Island several times per week.
  • Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. One of our favorite places!  The visitor center is located off of Hwy 701 near Plantersville.  It is a first class visitor center with a great walk through showing the refuge environment, ecology, wildlife, etc

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