Webb Wildlife Center

Savannah, South Carolina

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Half a day's walk in lush wetlands along the mighty Savannah River, with majestic cypresses and abundant wildflowers. Webb Wildlife Center comprises 5,866 acres of wilderness. All the roads here are unpaved, but well maintained. The land is almost evenly divided between pine and hardwood forest, with wetter areas along the Savannah River floodplain, through which the trail passes. Bluff Lake, where the trail begins, was once part of the riverbed, but it was cut off from the Savannah River by shifts in the channel. It is surrounded by a baldcypress–tupelo swamp forest. Fragrant water lilies float tranquilly on its surface. On the trail, lizard’s tail plants form miniature forests (nearly covering the trail in one place). Other wildflowers present include trumpet creepers, water willows, aquatic milkweeds, and bull nettles. Apart from cypresses and elms, a variety of water-loving oaks are present. Birds in the area include egrets, great blue herons, barred owls, wood ducks, Acadian flycatchers, and yellow-throated warblers. Red-cockaded woodpeckers nest in pines on either side of the entrance road. White-tailed deer prance and big tortoises lumber through the area. Although this is a hunting preserve, fox squirrels are afforded special protection.

Webb Wildlife Center Professional Review and Guide

"Half a day's walk in lush wetlands along the mighty Savannah River, with majestic cypresses and abundant wildflowers. Webb Wildlife Center comprises 5,866 acres of wilderness. All the roads here are unpaved, but well maintained. The land is almost evenly divided between pine and hardwood forest, with wetter areas along the Savannah River floodplain, through which the trail passes. Bluff Lake, where the trail begins, was once part of the riverbed, but it was cut off from the Savannah River by shifts in the channel.

It is surrounded by a baldcypress–tupelo swamp forest. Fragrant water lilies float tranquilly on its surface. On the trail, lizard’s tail plants form miniature forests (nearly covering the trail in one place). Other wildflowers present include trumpet creepers, water willows, aquatic milkweeds, and bull nettles. Apart from cypresses and elms, a variety of water-loving oaks are present. Birds in the area include egrets, great blue herons, barred owls, wood ducks, Acadian flycatchers, and yellow-throated warblers. Red-cockaded woodpeckers nest in pines on either side of the entrance road. White-tailed deer prance and big tortoises lumber through the area. Although this is a hunting preserve, fox squirrels are afforded special protection."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Savannah
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Half a day
Season: Winter and spring
Local Contacts: Land Resources Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 2221 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205; (803) 734-9108
Local Maps: Department of Natural Resources Lower Coastal Region Wildlife Management Area map; Department of Natural Resources Webb Center Wildlife Management Area/Tillman Sand ridge Wildlife Management Area Brochure; Brighton USGS quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Webb Wildlife Center

Recent Trail Reviews

1/1/2011
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Easy trail, nice one to take small children on, the area by Bluff Lake is a nice one to have a picnic lunch. We saw ducks, hawks, and small gator along with lots of other animal tracks. It is only a couple hour walk from lake and back, not a half day.



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