Francis Beidler Forest

Audubon Center and Sanctuary

Photo: David Ramage

Current Operating Hours

The hours for our boardwalk and visitor center at Beidler are listed below. Online registration is available but not required. To purchase your tickets online click here!

Month Days Open Hours
October Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays - Second Saturday (10/8) is free for all! 9AM-4PM
November Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays - Second Saturday (11/12) is free for all! 9AM-4PM
December Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays - Second Saturday (12/10) is free for all! 9AM-4PM
January Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays - Second Saturday (1/14) is free for all! 9AM-4PM

If you are a Beidler annual pass-holder and would like to make a reservation, please reach out to staff at beidler@audubon.org or call us at 843-487-9988. 
 
If you would like to become a Beidler annual pass-holder, and support your favorite swamp, please click here to purchase an annual pass. 
 
If you are unable to register for a walk on our boardwalk, consider visiting the new Grasslands-Woodland Trails near the entrance to the center! Open everyday from sunrise to sunset and no admissions or reservations are required, although online donations are always appreciated.  

Stay in touch and subscribe to receive our eNewsletter and other updates from Beidler! We also invite you to visit our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and virtual education opportunities.  

Photo: Richard Covey

Feel the beauty and serenity of this ancient forest . . .

Frequented by photographers and nature lovers from all over the world, our 18,000-acre bird and wildlife sanctuary offers a beauty unsurpassed in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Beidler is the world’s largest virgin cypress-tupelo swamp forest — a pristine ecosystem untouched for millennia. Enjoy thousand-year-old trees, a range of wildlife, and the quiet flow of blackwater, all from the safety of our 1.75-mile boardwalk.

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