Four Holes Swamp

The protected lands of Four Holes Swamp secure a key greenbelt buffer north of the Charleston Metropolitan Area and safeguard water quality, fragile swamp habitat, and the integrated ecosystem of the region. In this key watershed that feeds the Edisto River, Audubon South Carolina owns and protects over 16,000 acres of extremely significant old growth cypress swamp forest with some trees that are 1,500 years old. As one of the rare surviving old growth forests on the East Coast, Four Holes Swamp provides critical habitat to more than 300 vertebrates and 300 diverse plants, including numerous threatened and vulnerable species. So important is this swamp that it has been globally recognized as one of only a handful of Ramsar Wetlands of International Significance.

Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust works with Audubon South Carolina and other conservation partners to protect vital upland buffers around Four Holes Swamp and Audubon’s Francis Beidler Forest. The health of these critical wetlands depends on the uplands whose waterways drain into it. By minimizing the impacts that result from extensive residential and commercial development, we can help sustain water quality and protect wildlife corridors. The bulk of the area is presently rural, with extensive agriculture and forestry as its main activities. We will continue working with our conservation and landowner partners to secure the vitally important farms and wildlife habitats associated with Four Hole Swamp.

Counties: Berkeley, Dorchester, Orangeburg