Less Traveled 2010

Tracy Pou

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Cypress Gardens- A Berkeley County Hidden Treasure  

Posted 4/10/2010 8:15:00 PM

Spring is the perfect time of year to visit one of the lowcountry's most beautiful natural attractions. Situated on an authentic black water swamp, Cypress Gardens offers tourists miles of nature trails, swamp boat rides, a butterfly house and dozens of native plants and wildlife.

The 170-acre preserve, once a part of Dean Hall Plantation, was originally used as a reservoir to flood rice fields. Today, it attracts crowds of tourists who enjoy flat-bottom boat rides through the swamp as they marvel at the native species of fish, reptiles, turtles and snakes that call the area home. The gardens are especially nice this time of year because the azaleas, dogwoods and roses are in bloom. This Berkeley County treasure is one you shouldn't miss.

Cypress Gardens is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last admission is at 4 p.m. Parking is free. For more information on admission prices, visit www.cypressgardens.info.