Biking The ACE Basin South Carolina

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Backwater – Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

Description: From the parking area, you will walk/ride on a relatively flat dirt surface loop, which is bordered on two sides by the “backwater” of an old rice plantation. You will pass through a forest of pines and upland and bottomland hardwoods, where you may encounter deer, wild turkeys, and hear the songs of a large variety of birds. Maps of the area and bird guides are available at a covered bulletin board near the office.

There are no restrooms or drinking water at the trailhead, but there are restrooms at the WMA office. Insect repellent and protective clothing are recommended at all times. Bring pets on a leash, and DO NOT let them run free.

Length: 1.5 miles.

Fees: No fee.

Directions: From Walterboro, drive south on SC 303 to US 17. Turn left onto US 17, and then right onto the first gravel road. The WMA office is .5 mile on the left. Stop at the parking area and sign in at the kiosk where you can also pick up a map and information. After you sign in, drive back toward the entrance and park in the small parking area on the right.

Hours: This trail is open from January 21 to October 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday. It is closed during special hunts in April and October. The hunts are posted on the bulletin board, but if you are driving a long way, you should call ahead.

Camping: No camping.

Information: Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC Dept. of Natural Resources, 585 Donnelley Drive, Green Pond, SC 29446. 843-844-8957.

Boynton – Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

Description: At the gate just past the abandoned house, you will begin this easy walk/ride through a lush mature maritime forest, and across former rice field dikes and isolated wetland habitat. Remember to take binoculars to view the incredible diversity of birds from wood ducks to bald eagles, and wildlife such as feral hogs and alligators. Before you begin, take note of the bamboo stand near the house where screech owls sometimes spend the daylight hours. As you enjoy the sights and sounds of this natural area, remember to stay on the trail and out of the water, which can range from 18 inches to 10 feet deep. The alligators and snakes are not a danger if you stay a reasonable distance from them. Remember, this is their home you are invading. Maps of the area and bird guides are also available at a covered bulletin board near the office.

There are no restrooms or drinking water at the trailhead, but there are restrooms at the WMA office. Insect repellent and protective clothing are recommended at all times. Bring pets on a leash, but DO NOT let them run free.

Length: 3.0 miles.

Fees: No fee.

Directions: From Walterboro, drive south on SC 303 to US 17. Turn left onto US 17, and then right onto the first gravel road. The WMA office is .5 mile on the left. Stop at the parking area and sign in at the kiosk where you can also pick up a map and information. Drive another 2 miles and turn right at the trail signs. You can drive as far as the abandoned house. Park and walk toward the gate.

Hours: This trail is open from January 21 to October 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday. It is closed during special hunts in April and October. The hunts are posted on the bulletin board, but if you are driving a long way, you should call ahead.

Camping: No camping.

Information: Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC Dept. of Natural Resources, 585 Donnelley Drive, Green Pond, SC 29446. 843-844-8957.

Hunting Island State Park

Description: Starting from Parking Area J you will find this trail to be a moderately easy hike, or an easy mountain bike ride with some technical spots. A mixed base of sand, roots, mud, and crushed oyster shells adds to the uniqueness of this trail. This is basically an out and back trail, but by using some of the park roads you can make it a loop. You will follow bluffs along the lagoon, where you will have views of water for most of your hike or ride. At approximately half way, you can visit the 1,100­foot fishing pier, which is the longest free­standing pier on the East coast, or you can get something to eat at the café. Take water and during the warm months insect repellant is a must.

Length: 8.0 miles.

Directions: From Beaufort, drive east on US 21 to the park entrance. Turn onto Hunting Island Drive and continue to Parking Area J. The trailhead is at the south edge of the parking area.

Camping: Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com to make your reservations today!

Park Information: Hunting Island State Park, 255 Sea Island Parkway, Hunting Island, SC, 29920. 843-838­2011

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