A relaxing 7.8 mile trail on Pinckney Island S Carolina
Pinckney Island, South Carolina
Feel free to tag along on one of my favorite walking trails through the salt marsh of coastal South Carolina. The island is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has a 7.8 mile trail available for a leisure walk or bike ride.
Wildflowers are included among the Salt Marsh plants. Sea-Ox-Eye, vines and Cattails that produce 10,000 seeds a year surround the ponds.
Visiting at low tide allows a great opportunity to view many of the marsh plants and shell fish. Fiddler crabs, oysters and mussels can easily be spotted.
Wading birds that nest or roost include the White Ibis, Little Blue Heron, and Wood storks. Wading birds occupy as many as 10 nests per tree in the rookery.
Hurricane Matthew 2016 and Tropical Storm Irma 2017, left behind mementos of their visit to Coastal South Carolina.
Salt Pan Creatures
American alligator, preys on young birds that fall from nests in the nearby rookery.
The coastal marshes and waters provide 70 percent of the seafood we eat. Oysters, fish, shrimp, crabs and more.
I use caution when approaching the marsh areas and ponds. During low tide you have a better view of your surroundings, and with a keen eye you may spot racoons, bobcats, snakes and turtles.
The Low Country of South Carolina offers an abundance of leisurely outdoor activities. The Cypress Wetlands shown here are located in Port Royal. The adventurous side of me decided to take the walk just assuming I would catch up with others on such a beautiful spring day.
I did my due diligence and read the rules. Then I proceeded to the large deck overlooking the wetland that leads you to the walking trail.
Not feeling very comfortable with the sign, and the pond very close, my memories of the Okefenokee returned. As the ground gets lower I am happy to see a wooden walkway with a rail and metal meshing to keep the critters away.
This is where it gets very quiet and I start losing hope in finding another visitor nearby.
I can see ahead of me and the end of the wooden walkway. As I stepped off the decking and back onto to the blacktop the warning sign stared at me.
I softly took a few steps forward, then I heard the “splash” and a chorus of birds chirping. I skewed around and high tailed it back to the safety of the deck. Needless to say, that ended my tour for the day. I’m not a quitter so I’ll be going back, but I’m bringing a big stick.
Port Royal South Carolina is located just south of Beaufort South Carolina. Lots to see and do in this cool seaside town.