The Friends of Port Royal Cypress Wetlands


We welcome you to discover the sights, sounds and wonderment of the Port Royal Cypress Wetlands and Rookery in Port Royal, South Carolina. When you drive south on Paris Avenue, look to the left and you will see the entrance to the Port Royal Cypress Wetlands. Its sweeping views of the wetlands and a dedicated wooden amphitheater and boardwalk invite you to begin your exploration.

If you have not yet visited, plan on beginning with an hour to slowly stroll the 0.56 miles of trails around the Rookery and read the informational signage regarding the many varieties of wildlife found at the wetlands. Stop and listen to the sounds of the many species of birds as they soar about the skies. Be prepared to hear the laughter of children when they see an alligator for the first time. Become part of the magic and bring your camera to treasure the sights.

The wetlands are open free to the public all day. Peak times for alligator viewing will be midday. Our birds tend to fly in and out within an hour of sunrise and sunset.

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Events Calendar

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wetlands Amphitheater
Port Royal, SC

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Come experience the informative nature tour of the Cypress Wetlands conducted by Master Naturalist Jill Moore, of Moore 2 Life. While the tours are free to the public, we rely on the generosity… ...

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We ask for your support by following the rules when you visit the Port Royal Cypress Wetlands

Remember: a fed gator is a dead gator
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Be Responsible
Please clean up after your pets


The mission of the Friends of Port Royal Cypress Wetlands is to support the Cypress Wetlands and Rookery, to increase community awareness through education, and to advocate for the maintenance of this stormwater retention system as a working organic laboratory. Our endeavors are supported by grants and other funding opportunities, which utilize information gathered through the use of people counters to count the number of visitors to the wetlands.