Preserved Lands

Kiawah Island is a gated community and as such requires a guest access pass if you are not a property owner or reserved guest of the island. If you are not a property owner or reserved guest and would like to visit one of our preserved areas, please contact Collie Farah (Kiawah Conservancy Land Preservation Specialist) at collie@kiawahconservancy.org or 843-768-2029 to schedule a visit and obtain a gate pass for the island.


MIingo North and Mingo South

MINGO NORTH AND MINGO SOUTH - preserved land

Conservation Easement

Preserved: December 2017

Size: 13.25 Acres

Location: Entrance to Kiawah Island off of Kiawah Island Parkway

Habitat Type: hummock island, salt shrub thicket, maritime grassland, salt flat, maritime forest

Conservation Value: Mingo North and Mingo South are within a Town of Kiawah Island “Important Bobcat Area” that provides a critical daytime resting area for island bobcats. Additionally, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) studies have documented frequent use of these areas by bobcats. High density of southern red cedar provides abundance of fall and winter fruit for songbirds. Associated salt flats provide foraging space for shorebirds. Shrub thickets and maritime forests such as those found on Mingo North and Mingo South provide habitat for three US Fish and Wildlife Service “at risk species” (monarch butterfly, eastern diamondback rattlesnake, tri-­colored bat) and three SCDNR State Wildlife Action Plan priority species (island glass lizard, painted bunting, tri-colored bat).

Ocean Course Drive Nature Area

Oceans Course Nature Area at Kiawah Conservancy

Owned Property

Preserved: January 2015

Size: 3.1 acres

Location: Adjacent to the Ocean Course, between Ibis Pond and Willet Pond

Habitat Type: Maritime forest, salt shrub thicket, maritime shrub thicket and tidal salt marsh

Conservation Value: The diversity of understory-rich habitats at the Ocean Course Drive Nature Area property provides a critical daytime resting and denning area for bobcats. The property was used as a den site during 2010 and 2012. In addition, there have been three den sites in areas directly adjacent to the Ocean Course Nature Area property.

Osprey Point Nature Area

Osprey Point Nature Area at Kiawah Conservancy

Owned Property

Preserved: Janaury 2015

Size: 3.4 acres

Location: Osprey Point and Flyway Drive

Habitat Type: Maritime forest, freshwater wetlands, maritime shrub thicket and salt shrub thicket

Conservation Value: The Osprey Point Nature Area property has been regularly used by bobcats for daytime resting cover and is also a very important travel corridor (as indicated by Bobcat GPS Project data, 2007-current). The property is across Flyway Drive from the Ocean Palms subdivision – an area that was associated with one of the Island’s most important bobcat denning habitats prior to its development. The Osprey Point Nature Area property is large enough to potentially provide an alternative den site in the future.

Otter Island Nature Area

Otter Island at Kiawah Conservancy

Conservation Easement

Preserved: July 2011

Size: 4.88 acres

Location: Otter Island Road

Habitat Type: Tidal salt marsh and salt shrub thicket

Conservation Value: Salt shrub thickets are found on slightly elevated areas of Kiawah Island, adjacent to tidal salt marsh. They are only occasionally flooded by high tides and frequently serve as a transition area between the marsh and forested uplands. These thickets, which often occur as bands or patches of salt tolerant rushes, grasses and shrubs, are heavily used by bobcats as den sites and for resting cover. They are also utilized by a myriad of birds, including several migratory species, including the painted bunting. Plant species that characterize the salt shrub thicket habitat type include black needlerush, marsh elder, groundseltree and red cedar.

Plenty’s Island

Plenty's Island at Kiawah Conervancy

Owned Property

Preserved: December 2002

Size: 2.09 acres

Location: Located within Horseshoe Creek Marsh near Landfall Way off Seabrook Beach Road

Habitat Type: Maritime forest, hummock island, tidal salt marsh and salt shrub thicket

Conservation Value: The marsh adjacent to this hummock island is covered with pluff mud and typical marsh vegetation, including smooth cordgrass, saltwort, broom sedge, marsh elder, and sea ox-eye daisy. There are also abundant shells of mussels and marsh periwinkle. Though the island is only a foot or two higher than the surrounding marsh, its vegetation is that of a mature maritime forest with abundant live oak, loblolly pine, yaupon holly, red cedar, and wax myrtle. Other vegetation on the island includes sweet grass, yucca, broom sedge, coral bean, prickly pear, a variety of catbriers (smilax species), and cabbage palmetto. The oaks are surprisingly old and well developed, with some up to two feet in diameter. The island harbors a variety of birdlife including typical marsh birds: snowy egret, great egret, great blue heron, cormorants, and hooded mergansers. But the most interesting is the abundance of woodpeckers, including the usual red-bellied woodpecker, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and flickers, and the less common (on Kiawah Island) red headed woodpecker. In addition to these birds, the island also provides habitat for towhee, Carolina wren, yellow-rumped warblers, white-throated sparrow, mockingbird, tufted titmouse, and several hawks, including osprey and northern harriers. The island is used as a secluded nesting site for many of these species. Other wildlife on the island includes deer, raccoons, opossums, and other small animals. The island is used by a variety of species as a sanctuary where animals can live undisturbed by humankind.

Rhett’s Bluff Nature Area

Rhetts Bluff Nature Area at Kiawah Conservancy

Conservation Easement

Preserved: September 2010

Size: 2.78 acres

Location: Rhett’s Bluff Road and River Marsh Lane in the Center of the Rhett’s Bluff Community

Habitat Type: Isolated freshwater wetland and maritime forest

Conservation Value: This easement preserves one of Kiawah’s few freshwater wetlands. In addition, the property is a haven for wildlife and has been identified through Bobcat GPS Research as critical bobcat habitat. In 2007, a GPS-collared female bobcat and kittens were seen several times on the property, suggesting that the property was perhaps being used as a denning area. A paved path and boardwalk bisect the property offering Island owners and guests an interesting walk through the middle of this unique freshwater wetland habitat and adjacent maritime forest.

Undeveloped Home Sites

Owned Property

Conservation Value: In addition to the conservation easements it holds on larger properties, the Kiawah Conservancy owns the following properties.

The Wassén Preserve located at 9 Airy Hall – 0.29 acres preserved October 1999
The Maritime Forest Reserve and Nature Trail located at 133 Conifer Lane – 0.71 acres preserved December 2002
77 New Settlement Road – 0.41 acres preserved February 2004
168 Bluebill Court – 0.67 acres preserved October 2004
25 Arrowhead Hall – 0.49 acres preserved February 2005
141 Red Cedar Lane – 0.27 acres preserved April 2005
107 Marsh Elder Court – 0.63 acres preserved February 2006
41 Marsh Edge Lane – 0.43 acres preserved June 2006
227 Sea Marsh Drive – 0.22 acres preserved November 2006
523 Ruddy Turnstone Drive – 0.35 acres preserved July 2007
38 Berkshire Hall – 0.35 acres preserved July 2007
765 Curlew Court – 0.70 acres preserved September 2007
66 Blue Heron Pond Road – 1.73 acres preserved July 2008
579 Oyster Rake – 0.19 acres preserved December 2008
83x Blue Heron Pond Road – 0.60 acres preserved November 2013
128 Halona Lane – 0.24 acres preserved July 2014
130 Halona Lane – 0.16 acres preserved December 2014
132 Halona Lane – 0.23 acres preserved February 23, 2015
1 & 2 Little Rabbit Lane – 0.59 acres preserved October 29, 2015
60 Salthouse Lane – 0.50 acres preserved December 9, 2015
112 Halona Lane – 0.14 acres preserved November 2016
74 Blue Heron Pond Road – 1.26 acres preserved December 2016
269 Doral Open – 0.36 acres preserved December 2016
134 Halona Lane – 0.37 acres preserved December 20166
120 Halona Lane – 0.21 acres preserved May 2017
118 Halona Lane – 0.17 acres preserved October 2017
114 Halona Lane – 0.18 acres preserved November 2017
12 Grey Widgeon Lane – 0.93 acres preserved November 2017
140 Halona Lane – 0.15 acres preserved November 2017
136 Halona Lane – 0.32 acres preserved December 2017
185 Marsh Hawk Lane – 0.14 acres preserved April 2018
182 Bull Thistle Lane – 0.59 acres preserved October 2018
10 Kiawah Island Parkway – 0.23 acres preserved December 2018
12 Kiawah Island Parkway – 0.23 acres preserved December 2018
137 Halona Lane – 0.44 acres preserved October 2019
29 Lemoyne Lane – 0.68 acres preserved August 2021
137 Blue Heron Pond – 0.6 acres preserved October 2021
1 Members Lane – 0.98 acres preserved December 2021
2 Members Lane – 0.99 acres preserved December 2021
3 Members Lane – 1.01 acres preserved December 2021
4 Members Lane – 0.97 acres preserved December 2021
5 Members Lane – 1.66 acres preserved December 2021
6 Members Lane – 0..96 acres preserved December 2021
7 Members Lane – 0.98 acres preserved December 2021
2195 Deer Point Lane – 0.39 acres preserved March 2022
489 Pete Dye Place – 0.16 acres preserved April 2022
507 Pete Dye Place – 0.16 acres preserved April 2022
64 Salt Cedar Lane – 2.82 acres preserved April 2022
472B Helena Court – 0.51 acres preserved September 2022
2 Kiawah Island Parkway (Lot 5) – 0.16 acres preserved June 2023
124 Halona Lane – .154 acres preserved August 2023

These areas provide key habitat areas for wildlife resting, nesting, cover and movement. Although the majority of the habitat associated with these preserved parcels can be characterized as maritime forest, a handful also have salt shrub thicket habitats contiguous to tidal wetlands and or associated edge habitats adjacent to brackish ponds.

These areas of mature maritime forest, which often exhibit substantial understory habitat, have great ecological value. Natural areas, where they exist across the Island, are extremely important to wildlife. The preservation of these properties maintains important corridors and limits small-scale habitat fragmentation in developed areas. Additionally, many of the lands owned by the Conservancy adjoin neighboring green spaces, buffer properties or existing natural features, allowing them to add acreage to existing, wildlife-friendly, habitat areas.

Though small, these habitat pockets are frequently used by a variety of wildlife. In addition to regular bobcat use on many of these properties, as observed through ongoing Bobcat GPS Research, these areas of lightly managed natural habitat provide important nesting space for a variety of resident and migratory songbird species.

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