Dungannon Plantation Heritage Reserve Trail

MODERATE 30 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

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Note: The boardwalk is currently closed to protect nesting wood storks. Check with the park for updates on reopening. 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.

Pretty. Lots of mushrooms and the cypress swamp was so quiet. Much love at this spot

hiking
1 month ago

Not bad..easy walk, but not too much variation in sights along the way. If you bring a dog, you MUST check for ticks after.

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2 months ago

We just did the blue trail and it was easily marked. The boardwalk is closed currently due to nesting storks. We saw a few small gators in the swamp portion, looked to be about a year old, several birds, and came across two does. Bring bug spray! And check yourself for ticks after you are done. I found a few on myself.

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3 months ago

Great hike. Mostly hardwood forest. Stork area closed for nesting when I went in early June. Walked all trails and it was actually 5.5 miles. Check for ticks as I had two on me when I got done. Some swamp. Saw a gator. Easy walking and mostly shaded. I will hike this again.

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4 months ago

It was a great trail.

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6 months ago

Nice trail but with the boardwalk closed during parts of the season make it less exciting. We could see a lot of the wood storks by simply being at the picnic table near the beach.

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7 months ago

nice trails, good views of the swamp.

hiking
8 months ago

Every review about the dogs is right but they are like the greeters at Walmart. Very nice and quiet after passing them. The ground was still damp from all the rain but as much as we got the trails are in great shape and the moving water over the spill way was very high. The boardwalk entry was a little flooded still but passible with waterproof boots. Very nice walk

running
11 months 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
Monday, March 19, 2018

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.

Monday, March 05, 2018

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

hiking
Sunday, January 21, 2018

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.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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.

running
Saturday, January 13, 2018

Beautiful!

hiking
Monday, October 30, 2017

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.

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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 .

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