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Audubon's Francis Beidler Forest

Photo: Camilla Cerea, Audubon
Photo: Camilla Cerea, Audubon

Dear Beidler Forest Audubon Center and Audubon South Carolina supporters:

We are thrilled to announce that Beidler's boardwalk is OPEN! Our new hours of operation are Thursdays and Fridays, 9AM-1PM. Spaces are limited, and must be reserved online in advance. Visit our Beidler Boardwalk Pre-registration page to plan your visit today!

If you are a Beidler annual pass-holder and would like to make a reservation, please reach out to staff at beidler@audubon.org or call the visitor center at
(843) 462-2150. 

If you are unable to register for a walk on our boardwalk, consider visiting the new Grasslands-Woodland Trails near the entrance to the center! These trails allow visitors to experience our Longleaf Pine and grassland restoration sites in a safe and socially-distant way. No admissions or reservations are required, although online donations are always appreciated. 

For those who have visited the Center before, please be prepared for some changes when you return:

  • Online Registration: To reduce chances of Covid-19 spreading, we are limiting the number of visitors allowed on the boardwalk. Advanced registration is required, and no tickets will be sold on site. 
  • Hours: Our open days and hours have been limited to Thursdays and Fridays, 9AM-1PM. We encourage you to arrive no later than 11AM to have plenty of time to enjoy our 1.75 mile boardwalk.
  • Visitor Center Closure: The visitor center will remain closed until further notice. This means no access to indoor restrooms, water fountains, snacks, and merchandise. A handicap accessible portable toilet will be available for visitor use. 
  • Masks & Social Distancing: When checking-in and passing other visitors on the boardwalk, visitors are asked to wear a mask. Please keep at least six feet apart from employees and other visitors (outside of your group) at all times.

Beidler staff and volunteers look forward to your visit. Get your tickets!

In case you missed our fall newsletter, read it here! We also invite you to visit our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and virtual education opportunities. 

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 range of wildlife, and the quiet flow of blackwater, all from the safety of our 1.75-mile boardwalk.

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