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Grove Plantation, ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge

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Edisto Beach State Park

Grove Plantation, ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hollywood, South Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 6 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

river

wildlife

Actually part of the Edisto Unit in the ACE basin according to employees on site. Most of the trails are closed due to work being completed. Could only walk about a mile on the open trails.

hiking
bugs
muddy
5 months ago

Portions of the trail were closed during my visit, likely to keep visitors from disturbing waterfowl in the former rice fields/marsh. Great views of the marsh, and awesome walk up to the historic Grove Plantation house with a Live Oak allee. Even on a January day with the temp in the low 60's, the mosquitoes were out in full force. They were a bit sluggish with the lower temps, so you were able to "outrun" them for the most part. If it was any warmer, I would highly recommend avoiding this hike. They will literally have you running back to your car!

hiking
closed
no shade
6 months ago

We hiked the Alexander Pond Trail. The trail was wide and grassy with beautiful vistas of marshland and old rice fields. 5 out of 5 trail. However, the trails across the bridge was closed so we weren’t able to explore that. at the end of the Alexander Pond Trail, the trail continues down a closed off gravel road.

hiking
8 months ago

Came here on a foggy Sunday morning early in the Spring which made it kind of dream-like. Some of the densest and most beautiful southern scenery I've seen to date. Probably my favorite spot in the low country.

hiking
bugs
no shade
Sun May 19 2019

Have loved this area for years.. had to go back out before the summer heat.. was a perfect day!! Saw juvenile alligators (3 on the dike), 2 armadillos (have lived in Charleston for 40 years and never saw them until now), momma deer & her baby and lots of types of birds. We did observe (from a safe distance) a couple of snakes. I can't recommend this place enough. PS- be sure to bring the sunscreen, water and bug spray. Many parts of the trail have little coverage/shade from the hot southern sun (but other parts are super shady) and you do traverse next to the wetlands so a bit buggy.. but so worth the natural beauty! Many options to take around the property from the parking area, not sure why they're not all list here on the app but there are a couple different trails you can take. Trails were maintained well and an enjoyable hike.

Mon Feb 04 2019

My daughter love our adventures and today was no different, but my biggest issue was that nothing was clearly marked as a trail. I wasn't sure if I was ever on the proper trail. We had a great time despite my frustrations.

Sun Jan 27 2019

Plenty of wildlife. Great views and trails. Tons of southern live oaks. Great spot to spend a day exploring.

hiking
Fri Dec 07 2018

Beautiful place to hike, fish or bird watch!

Sun Jun 03 2018

Many trees still down from hurricane Irma, but trails and cleared and park is back open!

Sun Feb 26 2017

disappointed to find this and Grove Plantation are closed until further notice (effective Aug 2016) :-( really enjoy this trail.

nature trips
Wed Apr 28 2010

Hudge trees, wet lands, wild life and bugs. Worth a visit.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
Sun Apr 28 2019

hiking
Sat Dec 15 2018

walking
Fri Feb 05 2016