2005 Town of Kiawah Island Aerial Photography
The Maritime Forest Reserve & Nature Trail - 133 Conifer Lane
Maritime forests are typically found on barrier islands, and provide a protective buffer between the mainland and the sea. In addition to island stabilization, these coastal forests also perform other environmental functions such as supporting wildlife habitat, soil production, and nutrient conservation. Maritime forests create a natural cooling effect through their shade and act as a buffer against noise. The plant life within the maritime forest habitat is especially tolerant of the rough salt spray, sun, and wind conditions that exist on a barrier island. Bobcats, foxes, deer, rabbits, and raccoons are some of the many animals which use the forests as a sheltered resting place and source of food.
The Maritime Forest Reserve and Nature Trail provides a unique outdoor learning experience, and also offers landscaping tips. The wide variety of native plants found along the trail is not only beautiful, but is well suited to Kiawah’s growing conditions and helps sustain habitat on the Island.
This open-air classroom, located in the heart of Kiawah Island, features 30 different plant species. To help visitors identify plants throughout the trail, informative signs have been placed along the route to highlight unique details such as special adaptations and each plant’s significance to wildlife habitat.
This property was preserved by the Kiawah Conservancy in December 2002.
The Maritime Reserve and Nature Trail (at 133 Conifer Lane) is located 0.4 miles from the main security gate. After passing through the main security gate, turn right onto Kiawah Beach Drive, towards West Beach Village, and then take the first left onto Greensward Road. Take the next left onto Conifer Lane. The property lies directly across the Kiawah Island Parkway from the Oyster Rake neighborhood.
The trail and reserve can be accessed from the bicycle path along the Kiawah Island Parkway. Biking or walking to the site is encouraged, as parking is limited along Conifer Lane. Parking on the grass is not allowed.