Donnelley Wildlife Management Area

Property Location

585 Donnelley Dr.
Green Pond, SC 29446

Latitude: 32.7054  Longitude:-80.60368
Acreage: 8048
County: Colleton
Game Zone: 3

Property Type: WMA Specific

Hours of Operation

Donnelley WMA will be CLOSED to ALL general visitation for the following deer hunts:

  • Archery: Sep. 15-30 (Excluding Sundays)
  • Lottery Gun Hunts: Oct.4-6, Oct.11-13, Oct.25-27, Nov.1-3, Nov.8-10 & Nov.15-17

The property is open to general visitation during the following Dove Hunts:

  • Sep.4, Sep.11, Oct.2 & Nov.13

Vistors please be aware and alert for hunters during designated hunt seasons.

Office hours: 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

The Boynton Nature Trail is OPEN February 9 - November 1 (except during certain hunt periods).

Please consult Rules and Regulations for limits and additional information.

Please check for any other access restrictions on the right of this page under property description.

Activities / Facilities

Biking Driving Equestrian Hunting Nature Viewing Hiking Important Bird Area

Property Description

Photograph of Tupleo Pond on Donnelley WMA

Donnelley WMA is named in honor of the late Gaylord Donnelley and his wife Dorothy for the contributions they made to the ACE Basin Project and conservation across the continent. Donnelley WMA is owned and managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Ducks Unlimited, The National Wild Turkey Federation, US Army Corps of Engineers, The Nature Conservancy and other conservation interests participated in establishing the property.

The unique property is a cross section of the Lowcountry and encompasses a diversity of wetland and upland habitats including: managed rice fields, forested wetland, tidal marsh, agricultural lands and a variety of upland types, including a natural stand of longleaf pine.

The area is managed under a multiple use concept to achieve the following objectives: protect and enhance the diverse wetland and upland habitats for resident and migratory species of wildlife; provide quality hunting and other wildlife related recreation opportunities for the public; maintain and restore representative natural plant communities; and provide an area for natural resource related research and education programs.

DNR intensively manages the area to provide optimum habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and to provide public recreation and education. The area has two designated nature trails and miles of dirt roads for hikers and bicyclists. Late winter through early spring provides bird-watching opportunities to observe a variety of species including waterfowl and migratory songbirds. Alligators are abundant in the managed wetlands and are most often seen from late February through mid-November. Hunting opportunities are available to the public for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, dove, small game and furbearers.

A Driving Tour of the area provides excellent wildlife viewing opportunities for those who are mobility impaired.