Dungannon Plantation Heritage Preserve

Hollywood, South Carolina

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This hike presents an opportunity to walk through big woods to a wooded swamp, then a boardwalk and important South Carolina wood stork nesting site. Dungannon Plantation Heritage Preserve is also good for wildflowers. The walking is easy on mostly doubletrack paths. The final part uses a bridge and dike to pass through the wooded swamp before ending at the boardwalk. Your return trip can add variety via singletrack hiking trails. South Carolina has become an important wood stork breeding ground, as Florida’s extensive wetlands continue to be diminished. The first wood stork nesting sites were found in South Carolina in 1981. The primary reason Dungannon Plantation was purchased by the state in 1995 was to provide wood stork nesting habitat. It is ironic to think that a swamp created by man for agricultural purposes some 200 years ago, to flood rice fields, has now become a breeding site for an endangered bird.
Best Easy Day Hikes Charleston, South Carolina

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Best Easy Day Hikes Charleston, South Carolina

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This hike presents an opportunity to walk through big woods to a wooded swamp, then a boardwalk and important South Carolina wood stork nesting site. Dungannon Plantation Heritage Preserve is also good for wildflowers. The walking is easy on mostly doubletrack paths. The final part uses a bridge and dike to pass through the wooded swamp before ending at the boardwalk. Your return trip can add variety via singletrack hiking trails.

South Carolina has become an important wood stork breeding ground, as Florida’s extensive wetlands continue to be
diminished. The first wood stork nesting sites were found in South Carolina in 1981. The primary reason Dungannon Plantation was purchased by the state in 1995 was to provide
wood stork nesting habitat. It is ironic to think that a swamp
created by man for agricultural purposes some 200 years ago,
to flood rice fields, has now become a breeding site for an
endangered bird.

© 2016 Johnny Molloy/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hollywood
Distance: 3.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Rembert C. Dennis Building, 1000 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29201, (803) 734-3893, dnr.sc.gov/
Local Maps: Dungannon Plantation Heritage Preserve; USGS Wadmalaw Island, Ravenel
Driving Directions: Directions to Dungannon Plantation Heritage Preserve

Recent Trail Reviews

2/23/2017
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This was my first hike with my German Shepherd following major surgery last fall and it did not disappoint. There are three marked trails (blue, yellow and red.) We stuck with the blue one which ended up being a 4.8 out and back trail that wanders through beautiful woods until you get towards the end. A local woman who was also walking her dog said to go left at the fork to a dock that runs by a lake. When we got there, I thought it looked like a swamp and found it to be very beautiful. Was able to see about 7-8 storks flying around. The right side of the fork takes you to the back of the property so you must turn around. Thoroughly beautiful, easy hike. Can't wait to see it during the full bloom of Spring.



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