South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
Latitude: 32.7054 Longitude:-80.60368
Game Zone: 3
Property Type: WMA Specific
Hours of Operation
Open daylight hours. Closed for special hunts.
Visitors are required to obtain a day pass upon entry at the kiosk.
Boynton Nature Trail is OPEN February 9-November 1 (except during certain hunt periods).
Office hours: 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.
Activities / Facilities
Turkey Hill Road is closed due to ongoing road conditions. Portions of the driving tour have been re-routed and public should follow all signs.
Portions of Boynton Nature trail are currently impassible and closed due to maintenance. The closure is in the last 1/3 of the loop, and the trail is temporarily out-and-back instead of a loop. Closed areas are marked with signs. You may still access unclosed areas of the trail.
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.