Whooping Crane Pond - Member Hike

Hike Name: Whooping Crane Pond
Country: United States
State: South Carolina
Nearby Town: Hilton Head
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: Whooping Crane Pond is located within Hilton Head Plantation (which requires a permit for access). Enter through the main gate then look for signs for Whooping Crane Pond after about a mile on the right. If you hit a stop sign where you must turn either right or left - then you have gone too far.
Total Hike Distance: 0.90 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Permit Required: Yes
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Whooping Crane Pond Parking Area
Trails Used: Nancy Cathcart Path, Whooping Crane Pond Boardwalk
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: None
Management: Other
Contact Information: Hilton Head Island Land Trust
P.O. Box 21058
Hilton Head Island, SC 29925
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: The 137-acre Whooping Crane Pond Conservancy is located on Hilton Head Island within Hilton Head Plantation. It consists primarily of freshwater black gum (or tupelo) forested swamp and open "savannah" swamp. A swamp edge transition zone of thick, head-high bushes separates the swamp from the pine dominated uplands and the habitat supports approximately 75 plant species and 100 wildlife species.

This pleasant hike in Hilton Head Plantation has two components. The first is along the Nancy Cathcart Path which winds through a dry pine forest and joins with the second section of "trail" on the Whooping Crane Boardwalk. The boardwalk is an impresive engineering feat in itself and obviously took significant effort to build (and I expect requires significant effort to maintain.) The area formed as a shallow valley between ancient shoreline dunes, and the swamp is fascinating to explore over the course of about 0.5 miles (which includes the nancy Cathcart Path). Views from the platform areas are sure to offer bird sightings among other things.



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Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
Whooping Crane Pond - November 27, 2020 November 27, 2020 4 stars 30 minutes BirdShooter


3 replies on “Whooping Crane Pond - Member Hike”

I was told by the armed guard at the gate to Hilton Head Plantation that the Whooping Crane Conservancy is restricted to Hilton Head Plantation residents only.

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