Frances Beidler Forest near Harleyville, SC is a beautiful swamp that’s just right for a day trip. A recent visit enabled me to check the status of the tiny prothonotary warblers; a gorgeous little yellow bird that comes each year to nest and raise their chicks. There are many other bird species that can be seen in this forest, as well as owls, snakes, turtles, and the occasional alligator. The old growth cypress-tupelo trees are impressive, with some being over 1,000 years old.
I prefer spring when the trees are getting their new leaves and the water level in the forest tends to be higher. The 1.75 mile boardwalk makes for an easy hike with camera gear and you can spend all day or just a few hours but you’re guaranteed to see and hear something wild! A long telephoto lens is recommended and your wide angle too in order to capture all that the forest has to offer.