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Cypress Swamp Nature Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.4 mile 0.6 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 15' 5 m
Descent: -20' -6 m
High: 153' 47 m
Low: 141' 43 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)

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A short but pretty loop trail near the Edisto River.

Steve Creech

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and open until 9 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time (spring, summer, & fall).

Description

The Cypress Swamp Trail is a short, but plenty pretty loop trail starting from near the park office. Traveling counterclockwise, take a right at the first junction. A right at the next junction takes you to the canoe launch on the Edisto River. Staying to the left keeps you on the Cypress Swamp Trail. This stretch takes you past cypress trees and a beautiful wooded forest. A right at the next junction takes you to the open field, or a left keeps you on the Cypress Swamp Trail and returns you to the trailhead.

Colleton is a tiny state park, but has nice amenities, a variety of camping options, and free admission. Colleton State Park is situated along the banks of the Edisto River, North America's longest free-flowing blackwater river! There are several canoe-able river sections both up and downstream of the park.

Be aware that the map online and at the trailhead don't show the full loop trail, they just show the western half and the spur to the canoe launch.

Flora & Fauna

Cypress trees, live oaks, huckleberries, river birches, loblolly pines, red buckeyes, wax myrtle, red bay, red maples, tulip poplars, bitternut hickories, cinnamon and royal ferns, and more can be found here!

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Stillwater and the namesake trees and knees along the Cypress Swamp Trail
Apr 28, 2018 near Saint G…, SC

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