Beidler Forest Visitor Information

Adventure awaits in the depths of the forest at Beidler!

Admission and Hours

Beidler Forest is open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday) from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. You should arrive by 3:00 p.m. to have time to enjoy the 1.75-mile boardwalk. No pets, please.

Beidler Forest is closed on select holidays, particularly: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. There are other holiday closings. Please call in advance if you wish to visit on such days.

Beidler Forest Admission Prices  
Adult (Ages 13-64); Non-Audubon members $10

Adult (Ages 13-64); Audubon members (the Audubon discount

will be given to all persons accompanying the member)

Senior Citizen (65+) $8
Child (Ages 6-12) $5
Children below age 6 Free
Individual Annual Pass $30
Family Annual Pass (family of four) $80

Students and chaperones in school groups are charged at a rate of $5.00 (K-12)/$6.00 (college) per person. Additional educational activities may increase the cost per student during a visit. Teachers are free when accompanying their class of paying students. Please call for other group rates: (843) 462-2150.


Address: 336 Sanctuary Road, Harleyville, SC 29448

Like all the best natural areas, you won't find Beidler Forest in the middle of a city! We are, however, conveniently located right off of Interstate 26. There are, of course, signs guiding you to Beidler Forest's front door!  Be warned that various GPS programs will lead you past the signed roads. 

FROM CHARLESTON OR THE EAST: Take I-26 WEST to Exit 187. Make a left turn onto Highway 27 (South) to Highway 78. Make a right turn onto Highway 78 (West). At the fork in the road, veer right onto Highway 178. Make a right onto Francis Beidler Forest Road (first paved right). After 4 miles the road will make a 90-degree turn to the left, veer right onto Mims Road. We're a mile on the right!

FROM I-95, COLUMBIA OR WEST: Take I-26 EAST to Exit 177. Make a right hand turn onto Highway 453 (South) to Highway 178. Make a left turn onto Highway 178 (East). Go through the town of Harleyville. Six miles later make the left turn onto Francis Beidler Forest Road. After 4 miles the road will make a 90-degree turn to the left, veer right onto Mims Road. We're a mile on the right!

Note: Your GPS just might take you on a different route than our signs. That's perfectly fine, either way will get you here. Your GPS might also tell you you've arrive at your destination when you're only halfway down our forested road. Just keep going.