THE HIKING TRAILS OF HUNTING ISLAND

“Get in touch with nature along the trails in the pristine maritime forest at Hunting Island. Most of the trails are shady and meandering with views of the lagoon and persistent breezes from the ocean. Bird life is plentiful here and when you’re on the trails you can observe egrets, herons, ospreys, pelicans and gulls, as well as our local population of magnificent bald eagles. If you catch the lagoon on an incoming tide you will see birds in action, spectacularly diving for bait fish. We’ve even seen dolphins frolicking in  the water while on a trail walk. It’s an amazing sight that will always stop you in your tracks”…EAT STAY PLAY BEAUFORT

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The Sea entrance to the Lagoon from the Logoon Trail

Photo courtesy of FOHI Trails Director, Tim Moore

 

Great egret from the Marsh Boardwalk trail 

 

The forest from the Diamondback Rattlesnake Trail 

 

Hunting Island deer from the Visitor Center Trail 

 Photo's courtesy of Tim Moore

APRIL, 2021 REPORT FROM FOHI TRAILS DIRECTOR, TIM MOORE

On 3/30/2021, I hiked the Lagoon trail up and back, approximately 3 miles.  The trail was easy to follow and clear with numerous scenic spots to stop and admire causing the hike to take over an hour to finish.  I have attached a photo of scenery and also the new Assistant Trail Director in response to requests for the puppy's photo. 

 

As a candidate for the Clemson University/Lowcountry Institute Master Naturalist certification program, I have been going on scavenger hunts (hikes) to various wildlife preserves each week.  On 4/8/2021, I hiked the 1.7 mile boardwalk at Audubon's Beidler Forest Sanctuary.  I strongly recommend the Sanctuary hike for any nature enthusiast that would like to learn about an old growth blackwater cypress-tupelo swamp forest. I have included a photo of the swamp and a photo of a common swamp denizen, a cottonmouth water moccasin.  From the boardwalk, it is easy to safely take photos of all kinds of birds and wildlife.  Check this place out if you have not visited, its worth the drive.

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