Visit

Audubon's Francis Beidler Forest

Photo: Mac Stone

Feel the beauty and serenity of this ancient forest…

Frequented by photographers and nature lovers from all over the world, our 18,000-acre bird and wildlife sanctuary offers a beauty unsurpassed in the South Carolina lowcountry. Beidler is the world’s largest virgin cypress-tupelo swamp forest — a pristine ecosystem untouched for millennia. Enjoy thousand-year-old trees, a wide range of wildlife, and the quiet flow of blackwater, all from the safety of our 1.75-mile boardwalk.

HOURS & ADMISSIONS:

If it’s not Monday or a holiday, c’mon . . . .  MORE





 

DIRECTIONS:

Located near Harleyville, South Carolina, the sanctuary is easily accessible from I-95 or I-26 . . . .  MORE




 

FREE GUIDEBOOK & APP:

Explore the boardwalk on your own using our free materials . . . .  MORE





 

GUIDED TOURS:

Or take a boardwalk tour with one of our naturalists . . . .  MORE





 

KAYAKING & CANOEING:

Or paddle with us deep into the heart of the swamp . . . .  MORE





 

WILDLIFE:

However you explore Beidler Forest, keep your eyes peeled for birds, bobcats, deer, dragonflies — and yes, snakes and ‘gators . . . .  MORE




 

JUST FOR KIDS:

From school trips to summer camp, we roll out the red carpet for young visitors . . . .  MORE




 

CONSERVATION AT BEIDLER:

Thank you — your visit helps us protect and restore this very special place . . . .  MORE