Magnolia Gardens

Charleston, South Carolina

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Half a day's hike through 300-year old plantation garden, a 125-acre waterfowl refuge, and a 60-acre blackwater swamp garden. Magnolia Plantation is the centuries-old home of the Draytons, one of the original families of South Carolina’s colonial aristocracy. The plantation and its gardens were begun around 1676 by the Drayton and Fox families, who had immigrated from the overcrowded Caribbean island of Barbados. Although considerably smaller than it was in its majestic antebellum days, Magnolia Plantation is today a wildlife sanctuary of 500 beautiful acres. This is one of the best birding sites in the state, and more than 240 species have been identified here. Nature trails for hikers and mountain bikers wind through its woodlands. The nearby Audubon Swamp Garden provides a taste of the inland wetlands typical of South Carolina’s coastal plain.

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"Half a day's hike through 300-year old plantation garden, a 125-acre waterfowl refuge, and a 60-acre blackwater swamp garden. Magnolia Plantation is the centuries-old home of the Draytons, one of the original families of South Carolina’s colonial aristocracy. The plantation and its gardens were begun around 1676 by the Drayton and Fox families, who had immigrated from the overcrowded Caribbean island of Barbados.

Although considerably smaller than it was in its majestic antebellum days, Magnolia Plantation is today a wildlife sanctuary of 500 beautiful acres. This is one of the best birding sites in the state, and more than 240 species have been identified here. Nature trails for hikers and mountain bikers wind through its woodlands. The nearby Audubon Swamp Garden provides a taste of the inland wetlands typical of South Carolina’s coastal plain."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Charleston
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Half a day
Season: Year-round.
Local Contacts: Magnolia Plantation and its Gardens, Route 4, Highway 61, Charleston, SC 29414; (843) 571-1266, or (800) 367-3516
Local Maps: Provided with admission to each of the gardens; Ladson and Johns Island USGS quads
Driving Directions: Directions to Magnolia Gardens

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