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Marsh Boardwalk

“Okay, so maybe it’s not along the beach. But do yourself a favor and drive another minute along Highway 21 past the gate to the beach and you’ll find the marsh boardwalk on the right side of the road. It extends across the lush marsh tidal flats to a small gazebo and provides the perfect platform for viewing area nature and wildlife. An absolutely amazing spot to be at sunset, the boardwalk is probably the most serene and peaceful spot on the entire island"…EAT STAY PLAY BEAUFORT


For Film buffs, The Vietnam war scenes for the movie Forrest Gump were shot near the boardwalk. The wildlife here, as well as the beautiful sunsets, make the marsh boardwalk an excellent photographers spot  and many of our beautiful low country sunsets have been shot here by local photographers and an iPhone or two.  At low tide, fiddler crabs emerge along the surface. Birds also fill the marsh with a flurry of activity perfect for making any hike or stroll even more enjoyable. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.




The Marsh Boardwalk Trail begins on the southern end of the island and travels deep into the recesses of a salt marsh offering more than half a mile of exploration. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips and bird watching. At the end of the trail, a platform over the water creates a lovely spot to stop and enjoy the sweet breeze from the ocean, only steps away and is the best place in the Lowcountry to watch the sunset.


Length: 0.25 miles

Type: Hiking Trail 

Difficulty: Easy 

Description: Designated a National Recreation Trail, this wooden boardwalk mixed with a crushed hardened surface is great for observing life in the salt marsh. The dock on the end provides an area for viewing magnificent sunsets. 


Photo courtesy of James Boatright



Photo courtesy of Lowcountry Photo Safaris

Eric Horan

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