Thursday, February 21, 2013

Caw Caw

We recently headed to Ravenel, SC to the Caw Caw Interpretive Center and discovered a wetland habitat rich in history, wildlife, and trail after trail of lowcountry beauty. Start by picking a trail. We chose the 1.2 mile Swamp Sanctuary Trail for this walk and it was easy for any age and perfect for strollers too. It took us about an hour at a leisurely pace.

Picture yourself here... your only company are trees filled with wood peckers and otherwise complete silence.
On this particular day, we also saw a heron, several alligators, as well as many other birds including...

a rafter (yes, I had to google that) of wild turkeys, up close and in a hurry to get where they were going!

This is the most beautiful habitat for birds...

The boardwalk carries you across the swamp...

take your time... great fresh air, time to think about your surroundings, and absolute silence

Through the cypress-tupelo swamp, slaves of long ago cleared the land to create irrigated rice fields. It was sobering to think of the heat, mosquitoes and disease, and alligators that troubled their work. It remains a wonderful spot to stretch your legs and run.

 We spied a gator here at the waters edge and visible "'gator shoots" ( my boys call them ) where alligators slip down the bank into the reeds.

For me this spot was very eerie. The wind rustled through here and the reeds creaked. There was a  periodic splash through the swamp as we walked through this otherwise silent pathway; all leaving me with the feeling of a presence of something from ancient times here. My boys laughed at "kooky mama", but you walk through here and tell me what you think!

Run, don't walk to Caw Caw! It's a fabulous place.

Caw Caw Interpretive Center
Hwy 17 S
Ravenel, SC 29470
Hours: Wed - Sun 9am - 5pm, closed Mon and Tues
Admission: $1 per person (2yrs and under are free). Free to Gold Pass members
pmk tip: NO DOGS ALLOWED. Not permitted even if left in the car.
 No bikes permitted.
Clean restrooms, picnic tables; bring your own food and drinks
Gift shop and education buildings on site

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