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Dungannon Plantation Heritage Reserve Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hollywood, South Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 55 ft Route type Out & Back
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Dungannon Heritage Preserve is a great hike for a novice and has a variety of views. You start off in a low country forest that turns into a trail that borders a beautiful rice paddy turned to a swamp. The hike culminates in a 300 foot boardwalk 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 view of the swamp. Please be aware that during the months of February to 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 you can explore off of the main path and in doing so you will find remnants of older times. Just off of the main trail, you can find the grave of Mr. Matthew Sanford (1869), derelict vehicles and signs of old moonshine stills are scattered about. Wildlife abounds here and in the spring/summer months, you can expect to see a large variety of woodland and swamp life including turtles, alligators, snakes, deer, squirrels, foxes, a variety of fowl life, and orchids growing in the wild. Pets must be leashed and please keep a watch on smaller children as there are poisonous snakes and the occasional alligator as you near the swamp.

Free parking is available in the main unpaved parking lot out at the entrance. There are maps available but no restrooms. SCDNR does ask that you check in/check out at the main gate.

DNR Heritage Trust Program, 420 Dirleton Road, Georgetown, SC, 29440 Telephone: 843-546-3226.

Dungannon is about 17 miles south of Charleston on Hwy. 162 four miles from the turn off from U. S. Hwy. 17.

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Marissa Johnson
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I didn’t see a single person while on the trail. The grace can be found about a half mile down on the blue trail. While I’d hoped to see some wildlife, I only saw a huge spider and a little lizard. Nice easy trail.

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Sara Newer
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It was absolutely beautiful! The dock at the end was so peaceful, and all the fall colors and flowers were well worth the walk. I know this trail was known for ticks but we did not find any.

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Rebecca Rothemich
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Beautiful!! Nice easy walking trail...make sure to go to the very end! Surprised by lovely fields of wildflowers among the cypress swamps with a few wood storks visible.

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Spencer Dewey
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Boardwalk is open

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Tracey K
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Lisa sun
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I am planing to go the trails this weekend. I just wonder any body know if the boardwalk open right now? thx

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Joseph Casas
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Don’t let the beginning trick you. Great trail to get away from it all. Didn’t see any storks

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Dee Bee Wright
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Bird WatchingBugsGreat!

Beautiful trail...watch out for snakes and alligators! A rather large rattlesnake crossed my path today! Peaceful hike. I did the yellow trail and then the blue trail. Bug spray is needed and will need to be reapplied several times! Just off the blue trail there is a very old (1859) grave marker.

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Joanna Tine
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HikingBugs

Wonderful, peaceful trail escape in the countryside. The only reason why I gave 4/5 is because you can hear the road for 1/3 of the hike. Other than that, most of the trail is through the woods, but the scenes at the end are so worth it. Only saw one (baby) alligator! Beautiful bridge at the end was open! Perfect for a mid-adventure picnic.

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Liz Coralli
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HikingBugs

Easy trail with a gorgeous dock at the end overlooking the swamp. Egrets, herons everywhere. Also plenty of frogs - no gators spotted but lots of warning signs for them around. Nice shade for the first mile or so then less so approaching the end.

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Adam Meador
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Carl Kalota
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Easy walk. The boardwalk is open. Discarded boardwalk timbers litter area before the boardwalk.

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Bethany Dale
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Make sure you have a map, bug spray and water. Very flat clean trails. Per swamp area. Loved the Boardwalk by the water where the wood storks are. Absolutely peaceful and serene.

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Olivia Mead
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HikingBugsMuddy

Beautiful, flat trail..... but lots of alligators! Can you run alongside them? Should you run alongside them? I didn’t know so I turned back after a mile and a half at the bridge. But carry on at your own risk!

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peter ferenz
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HikingBugs

This trail has the potential to see some amazing wildlife. I saw an alligator, 3 pilated woodpeckers, and 2 of the endangered wood storks. However it was extremely buggy. Mosquitoes and black flies are rampant. Bring loads of bug spray and even a mosquito head net.

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Adam White
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Cool trail. Very nice peaceful. However the boardwalk is closed due to wood stork nesting.

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Kate Seningen
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Nice and easy 4mi walk round trip. Almost half way when you get to a bridge and swamp area...We saw a couple alligators. Beautiful swamp lands. Watch for snakes!! Boardwalk at the end is closed for stork season, but still a good walk through nature!

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Rob Miller
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board walk was closed.

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Laura Tassinari
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Beautiful day! Went the day after rain and there was a ton of water. Be careful of snakes. Came across 2 water moccasins, 1 was in the middle of the trail.

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Lonicia Kjeldsen
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Great little trail. Perfect time to go. Not too buggy yet. We did see a baby water moccasin on the trail..it is the season. Keep an eye out for them.

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Gabriel LaCubbert
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HikingBridge outMuddy

Dog friendly and quiet. Several properties butt up against the entrance so several other dogs some friendly and other not so much will be there but once you get past them it's a quiet walk.

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DeAnna Owens
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A wide, flat, well maintained trail. We hiked this within a few days of experiencing locally heavy rain but mud was minimal. The boardwalk is currently open. However, there are no storks to be seen at this time of year. Instead, we were able to spot 4 rather large aligators as well as several other bird species. A few that we identified are: black and white warbler, red bellied wood pecker, blue-headed vireo, great egret, yellow bellied sapsucker, belted king fisher and pine warblers.

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Kamil Eon
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great piece of woods the hike was nice saw some gators we had a good time will be hiking again

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

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karyn Amira
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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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Mary Williams
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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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Bryan Hartley
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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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