Francis Beidler Forest

Francis Beidler Forest


Located in Dorchester County, SC.

336 Sanctuary Road
Harleyville, SC 29448

843-462-2150

E-Mail: nbrunswig@audubon.org

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The Francis Beidler Forest in the Four Holes Swamp contains the largest remaining stand of virgin, old-growth bald cypress and tupelo gum trees in the world. A portion of this swamp is visible from the boardwalk, which is 13/4 miles long. There is also a museum and gift shop near the entrance. Bugs can be a serious nuisance at certain times of the year.


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Features and Facilities

  • Picnic tables, shelters
  • Store
  • Wetland
  • Walking paths
  • Drinking water

Water Features

  • Four Holes Swamp

Public Restrooms

  • Yes

Dogs Allowed

  • No

Hours of Operation

  • 9:00a-5:00p, except for Mondays and certain holidays

Admission or Parking Fee

  • Children (ages 0 - 5), Free
  • Youth (ages 6 - 12), $4.00
  • Adults (ages 13 - 64), $8.00
  • Senior Citizens (ages 65 +), $7.00

Facility Rental

  • Call 843-462-2150 for information about school groups.

How to Get There

  • Take I-26 to exit #177. Go south on SC #453 for 2.0 kilometers (1.2 miles). Turn left on US #178 and go southeast 11.7 km. (7.2 mi.), then turn left onto Beidler Forest Road (#28). From here, follow the signs to the Francis Beidler Forest.


Latitude 33.22092, Longitude -80.35423 [PK370]

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