Four Holes Swamp

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  • Water


1.9 miles





Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Visitor Center
  • Scenic Observation
  • Water Launch
  • No Pets
  • Fee
  • No Camping


Naturalist-guided Boardwalk Tours, Bird Walks, Canoe and Kayak Tours, and Night Walks are available in season and by reservation.

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During Spring (March-May)

Paddle the still blackwater under towering 1,000-year-old cypress trees as an Audubon naturalist leads you deep into the heart of the Francis Beidler Forest in Four Holes Swamp. Take this opportunity to experience the largest remaining stand of virgin bald cypress and tupelo gum trees in the world in a way that most people do not. We will take you far away from the boardwalk and deep into the heart of the swamp. This unique experience will enrich your understanding of the workings of the swamp and will be one you treasure for the rest of your life!

Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Sunday. Closed on most major holidays.

Camping: No camping at Francis Beidler Forest, although there are sites at Givhans Ferry State Park.


From either Columbia or the intersection of I-26 and I-95, drive southeast on I-26 to Exit 177 and turn right toward Harleyville on Judge St. (SC 453). At US 178 turn left, drive through Harleyville, and at approximately 7.0 miles turn left onto Beidler Forest Rd. (S-18-28). Drive approximately 4.0 miles and continue straight on Mims Rd. The entrance is 1.0 mile on the right.

From Charleston, drive west on I-26 to Exit 187, turn left (south) onto SC 27, then right onto US 78. At the fork bear right onto US 178 for .8 mile, then turn right onto Beidler Forest Road (Dorchester County S-18-28). Drive approximately 4.0 miles and continue straight on Mims Rd. The entrance is 1.0 mile on the right.  


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Francis Beidler Forest | 336 Sanctuary Road, Harleyville, SC 29448 | (843) 462-2150 | Email

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