COVID-19 has changed life in the Lowcountry in many ways, especially as restrictions tighten in order to prevent further loss, but in the midst of it all we are determined to embrace optimism and adapt. Although Governor Henry McMaster issued a “home-or-work” order on April 7th, the mandate did not prohibit recreational outdoor activities as long as participants practice established social distancing guidelines. This is good news, especially for those of us who had previously planned to soak in some sunshine this spring! Today we’ve rounded up a list of walking paths in and around Palmetto Bluff that will help you to get out of the house, take a refreshing stroll, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Lowcountry.
River Road Trail
Located near the picturesque Moreland Village and Lake Bales, the River Road Trail runs through the nature preserve of the same name. Take a stroll under the shade of River Road’s majestic oaks and perhaps even catch a glimpse of some local fauna! White tailed deer, songbirds, and wild turkeys love the lush green expanse of the preserve.
Wilson Village Trail
If you’re looking for a beautiful walking path that is accessible and easy to complete, the 2.2 mile Wilson Village Trail is definitely worth taking a stroll on. Pass by the historical buildings of Wilson, the very first town established in Palmetto Bluff, including the picturesque May River Chapel with gorgeous views of the river extending beyond it. Although you can’t visit the shops at this time, you’ll be sure to enjoy the charm of Wilson’s southern architectural style and atmosphere.
Audubon Newhall Preserve
Located off of Palmetto Bluff road on the island’s southern end, the Audubon Newhall Preserve is a 50-acre woodland sanctuary that has been set apart for wildlife since 1965. The trail circles a large pond that was built at the center of the property with the aim of developing a diverse wildlife population within the sanctuary. Open daily from sunrise to sunset, the trails at Audubon Newhall Preserve take you through a range of habitats unique to the area, from Saw Palmetto flatwoods to pocosin wetlands. Although the preserve remains open, they encourage guests to practice safe distancing and limit their groups to no more than three. You can find more information on their website.
Pinckney Island Trail
Situated between Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, Pinckney Island is part of a 4,053-acre salt marsh nature preserve. The island has over 14 miles of trails for hiking and biking, but you can pick and choose from several different trips to fit your adventuring style. In fact, the island’s so expansive and diverse, it might be worth repeat visits. Pinckney Island’s trails are a great way to step off the beaten path and escape into nature for a while.
Nothing beats the simplicity of a stroll. Despite our current limitations, now is the perfect time to slow down, enjoy life, or even plan a future day trip!
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