One of Tom Yawkey's greatest legacies was the donation of 20,000 acres of land along the bay and shoreline of Georgetown County to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. This area is now known as the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, and is considered to be one of the most outstanding grants to wildlife conservation efforts in North America. Its marshes, marine wetlands, forests, and sandy beaches play host to hundreds of species of coastal wildlife and serve as an undisturbed habitat for migratory birds, eagles, alligators, and many other endangered species.
No cost tours are available by reservation. Starting at South Island Ferry and winding through the property visitors will see ruins of former plantations, wildlife, former rice fields and undisturbed wetlands. Ending up at Mr. Yawkey's office near the beach.