Dungannon Plantation Heritage Reserve Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews

Dungannon Plantation Heritage Reserve Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hollywood, South Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
59 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

old growth

Dungannon Heritage Preserve is a great hike for a novice with a variety of views to take in. You start off in a forest of the low-country that turns into a trail that borders a beautiful rice paddy that had turned to swamp. The hike culminates to a 300 foot boardwalk to where you can view a rookery of the endangered wood stork. You can also hike around the swamp and find a smaller boardwalk that isn't on the map for a different angle of the swamp. Please be aware that during the months February - September, the boardwalk may be closed due to the mating and nesting season of the endangered Wood Stork. When the Wood Stork is in the area nesting you can hear them from a 1/4 mile away. There are many small trails and fire breaks to where you can explore off of the main path and in doing so you will find remnants of a older times. Just off of the main trail you can find a solo grave of Mr. Matthew Sanford (1869), derelict vehicles and signs of old moonshine stills scattered about. Wildlife abounds here and in the spring / summer months you can expect to see a large variety of woodland and swampland life from Turtles, to alligators, to snakes, to deer, to squirrels, to foxes, a variety of fowl life, and orchids growing in the wild. Pet's must be leashed and please keep a watch on smaller children as there are poisonous snakes and the occasional American Alligator as you near the swamp.

trail running
9 days ago

This is as close to hiking in the woods as you can get in the Charleston area. When you can’t make the drive to real mountains, this will satisfy your fix in cool weather. Beautiful walk.

hiking
6 months ago

Very quiet and peaceful area just outside of bustling Charleston, SC. This area is a protected wildlife management area and is controlled by S.C. Dept of Natural Resources. Trails are well marked and maintained. Other than the occasional whistle blow from a nearby train or the rumbling jets from an airplane (there's an airport about 15-20 miles away), this area is relaxing and easy to walk. To the lady who said "Would of given a 5 star rating if the boardwalk was open"....it's a protected area that allows the threatened wood stork a place to nest. These birds are highly sensitive to any human presence which is why the boardwalk is closed from Feb-Sept. They literally have a million signs at the beginning of the trail and at the entrance to the boardwalk stating this. Read them next time.

7 months ago

loved it, except for the dogs behind the fence. ☺

hiking
8 months ago

Not bad but also not much to see. Kinda comes with the region down here, but don’t expect much more than a flat walk with a few interesting swampy cypress stands. As others have said, watch out for the dog behind a fence and a nearby interesting mid-1800s gravestone.

hiking
8 months ago

walked all of the yellow Trail and part of the Blue Trail. Will definitely be going back to start with the blue Trail first. Once you get past the houses and that one dog :-) things get quiet as they can close to the city and it's a wonderful walk. Pretty sure you could bike this pretty easily as well.

trail running
9 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
11 months ago

Love this trail. Very easy walk. Love taking the dog out here. Very rarely see other people.

hiking
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Very easy, low impact hike. A must see on this hike is the bridge that goes out to the lake. In the spring, it was nice seeing the storks flying around. Very pretty.

hiking
Saturday, September 30, 2017

4.5 miles of comfortable walking--saw female painted. bunting, an alligator in the swamp area, a copperhead snake on the trail (be aware). Great view from the deck at the end point of the red trail. The yellow trail in September has no significant sights, but pleasant walk.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Would of given a 5 star rating if the boardwalk was open.

walking
Saturday, February 04, 2017

Loved this trail. it's boring at first but it gets much better. Not many people at all. It was perfect for us. Awesome trail.

hiking
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Nice and easy, active birds and some good swamps .

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017