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This moderate, three-mile loop through wetlands, old rice fields, and canals ranks among the best of numerous trails through the ACE Basin. The ACE Basin (an acronym for Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto rivers) is an immense 350,000-acre area of undeveloped estuaries and wetlands. As one might guess, the basin also makes an excellent habitat for waterfowl of all kinds (pintail mallard, wood duck, heron, ibis, and wood stork) in addition to alligators, bald eagles, and white-tailed deer. From the trailhead, you will pass between two duckweed-clogged ponds to a lovely canal. Cross the bridge, turn left, then right at the next canal. At the first rice trunk (wooden water control structure), begin a loop in either direction to return to your starting point.

Directions: From Beaufort, Drive north on US 21 for 10 miles and turn right onto US 17. Follow for 4.5 miles and turn left onto River Road (Beaufort County S-33). The parking area and trailhead are two miles ahead on the left, almost directly across from a large white house.

Distance: 3 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina

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