Regardless of where you land along the mouth of the Savannah River Basin, if a love of all natural living creatures along the chain of sea islands is part of your passion, then a new self guided tour recently launched should be of interest. Green friendly developer Buckwalter Place announced the opening last month of their Greenway Trail in Bluffton, South Carolina with a You Tube video. Our friends at City Trex and Buckwalter Place have put together a top notch collaboration on this walking tour along a very accesible 1.3 mile trail route. Follow the trails through wetlands, hardwood forests, pine forests, and man made lagoons but don't forget your smartphone! You will be able to use your reader if you have the app for scanning the bar codes along the trail to better identify what you are looking at.
And when you finish your maritime forest tour, choose from a variety of salt water marsh tours out on Hilton Head Island. Our own Salt Water Marsh environment is essential for what is best termed the "cradle of life" here in the coastal Low Country. Salt marshes typically occur on lower energy coastlines in temperate waters in the higher latitudes. Inclusive of these wetland areas, sheltered environments abound in a series of unique jigsaw puzzles of embankments, estuaries and the leeward (down wind side) of protective barrier islands.
This bridge between water and salt marsh features prevalent sand spits that extends on into the ocean. No surprise that our own Low Country salt marshes have a lower topography given our low elevations, hence the term lowcountry. The entire low country area around the Carolinas and Georgia as a result of these characteristics are not only where life begins for so many flora and fauna, but many two legged visitors are equally drawn to this habitat here along with the millions of coastal nature lovers that reside along this several hundred mile lone stretch of coast. Take a "techy stroll" on the Greenway Trail on your next visit to Lowcountry Hilton Head or Savannah to capture the look and feel of a maritime forest thanks to Buckwalter Place's skill on putting all the constiuent pieces together.