Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area


Area name

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

Area Location

From Jacksonboro head south on U.S. 17 for approximately 10 miles. Look for the Donnelley Wildlife Management Area sign then turn left onto Donnelley Drive which is a dirt road into the wildlife area.

Area Map


Admission: Free.

Hours of Operation: 8:00 – 5:00, Monday – Saturday.

Exception: special hunts. Call 843.844.8957 for closure information.

Boynton Trail is closed from 11-1 to 2-7 every year.


Birding is outstanding here all year long.



Birding is excellent in Donnelley WMA year-round also popular in the over 8,000 acre area are hiking and biking.

Donnelley WMA, along with Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, is part of the ACE Basin – Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto – three rivers which form the basin in St. Helena Sound.

Highlights of the area include the Boynton Nature Trail and Fishburn Bank.

Key Birds


Anhinga, American White Pelican, Black-crowned Night-heron, Tricolored Heron, Little Blue Heron, Glossy Ibis, White Ibis, Wood Stork, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, King Rail, Pileated Woodpecker, Loggerhead Shrike, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Killdeer, Wild Turkey, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Meadolark.


Least Bittern, Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mississippi Kite, Purple Gallinule, Black-necked Stilt, Common Nighthawk, Red-headed Woodpecker, Eastern Woodpecker, Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vieo, Prothonotary warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo and Painted Buntings, Orchard Oriole, Purple Martin, Mississippi Kite, Eastern Kingbird.


American Bittern, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Virginia Rail, Sora, American Pipit, Blue-headed Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Palm Warbler, Rusty Blackbird, Fox Sparrow.