Immerse yourself in nature at Widgeon Point Preserve
Widgeon Point Preserve is 162 acres of mixed pine-hardwood forest, maritime forest & salt marsh along the Broad River. Located conveniently off Highway 170, the preserve is co-owned by Beaufort County & the Beaufort County Open Land Trust.
There is a beautiful spacious bird blind overlooking a freshwater pond where Egrets, Herons, Spoonbills, Belted Kingfishers & Wood Storks can be found. Keep your eyes open for Osprey & Bald Eagles searching for fish as well. Sidewalks lead from the paved parking lot to a picnic pavilion, a bird blind, and an event barn.
A 0.7-mile hiking loop travels the perimeter of the adjacent Hummock Island. The loop is a wide, flat nature trail that travels through pines, palms & oak trees. Views of the river can be seen from several different vantage points. The preserve is a great spot for picnicking, hiking & wildlife viewing. There’s even a water fountain that is equipped for dogs.
While hiking, keep a keen eye for white-tailed deer & fox squirrels. Alligators have also been seen in the freshwater ponds, so be careful to not walk along the edges & keep your dog away from the waters edge as well.
Widgeon Point Preserve is located at 43 Okatie Highway, Okatie, SC 29909 and is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Article & photography by Jenn Clementoni for EatStayPlayBeaufort.com