There are many reasons you may want to take your vacation on the peaceful and serene Fripp Island, but for a select group of visitors, being able to explore all that the Audubon Trail has to offer may be the activity that appeals the most. Hiking along trails that are shared with wildlife from the sea, the land, and of course, the sky, finding the perfect spot to take sunset pics with the family, and keeping track of all the birds spotted are all adventures that will make memories that last forever.
Our Fripp Island Resort guide to spending time on the Audubon Trail will give you a little something extra to look forward to in the days, weeks, or months leading up to your unforgettable South Carolina vacation. To make the most of your Fripp Island vacation, be sure to take a look at our free Vacation Guide to learn about the area’s best attractions and activities!
With the Change of Seasons
One of the things you may love most about your exploration of the Audubon Trail is the realization that every season offers a different experience. Encouraging return visits for nature lovers, there are no bad months in which to visit, just multiple opportunities to see the world with new eyes with the change of each season, as documented below.
Spring on the Audubon Trail
As migrating birds begin to head back to their cool climate homes, including wood warblers and scarlet tanagers, bird watchers will find their joy. With temps ranging from the low 70s to the low 80s, dress in layers for your hike and prepare to shed some as the sun rises higher in the sky.
Summer on the Audubon Trail
In the summer months, the verdant green of the trail provides a colorful backdrop to our hometown birds, some of which may include the brilliantly hued Northern Cardinal and the equally vibrant Blue Jay.
Fall on the Audubon Trail
In the fall, the leaves on the trees will be fiery reds, golds, even purples, and the migrating birds may be more of the same experienced in the spring.
Winter on the Audubon Trail
The trail is still a thriving hot spot for birds and wildlife in the winter months. Cool temps, sunny skies and crows, gold finches, and Carolina wrens provide musical accompaniment to your meanderings along the Audubon Trail.
Sunset Over the Trail
There is something special about a South Carolina sunset and the ones that you view from the wooden walkway of the Audubon Trail are destined to speak to your heart. Stopping hikers in their tracks as they watch the sky turn to fire, no matter what the season, there are no bad spots to view the sunset from the trail, but you may want to stick to the areas where there are less trees and more open clearings.
More to See
Although it is the birds that may have brought you to the Audubon Trail, they aren’t the only inhabitants of this maritime forest. Keep your eyes peeled for alligators basking in the sun on the banks located a safe distance from the well-marked trail and if your hike brings you here at sunset, it is the perfect time to spot a timid doe and perhaps her young fawn during the spring. In the waters you are strolling by, you may spot jumping fish, wading birds, or even turtles resting on rocks and grassy areas.
Relax at Home with Fripp Island Resort
After a day filled with outdoor adventures, coming home to the creature comforts found in our naturally beautiful escapes will be yet another highlight in a vacation filled with them. Reserve your favorite accommodations today! View our nature programs and activities as well.