Audubon Swamp Garden (Magnolia Plantation and Gardens): By the time most visitors to Magnolia Plantation have walked the ornate gardens, navigated the topiary maze, and played in the petting zoo, they breeze by the Audubon Swamp Garden on their way out the gate. But the 60-acre swampland is a destination in itself. Over a mile of raised dikes allow as close an encounter with gators, egrets, and herons as any hike in the Lowcountry. Tupelo and cypress trees rise from the mat of green plant life covering the surface of the water. Combined with nature trails within the Gardens there are over 7 miles of trail to explore. There is an admission fee to access the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens (Click here for Admissions info).
Directions from Charleston: Take Hwy 17 S and bear right onto SC 61. Continue 10 miles until you reach the plantation district. Magnolia is the second on the right after Drayton Hall.