Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens


Area name

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Area Location

Interstate 526 west toward Savannah, look for Highway 61 (or Ashley River Road North), follow the access road for approximately .7 miles then turn left onto Ashley River Road. The entrance to Magnolia Plantation Gardens will be approximately 5 miles on the right.

Area Map


Admission: $15 for adults. The Audubon swamp is an additional $8.00.

Hours of Operation: 8:00 – 5:00.

Sunday mornings enjoy a guided bird walk.


Best birding is April through July.


Highlights of the area include Audubon Swamp Garden Trail, and the Cattail Wildlife Refuge Trail which traverses through 100+ acres of rice fields. The Cattail Wildlife Refuge Trail also has an observation tower. Acquire a trail map at the entrance booth.


Canoes are available for rent and there is also a train tour which runs hourly and lasts approximately 45 minutes.

April through May are considered the best times to bird. Spring is an excellent time to observe the herons in their courting rituals and finding twigs and sticks to build their nests as this is considered to be the most accessible heron rookery in South Carolina.

Key Birds


Anhinga, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, Wood Duck, Red-shouldered Hawk, King Rail, Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Green Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret.


Lest Bittern, Wood Stork, Least Tern, Yellow-throated Vireo, Prothonotary, Yellow-throated Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting, Orchard Oriole.


American Bittern, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Virginia Rail, Sora, Sedge Wren, American Coot, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Harrier.