Conservation // 2 min Read

Explore PBC: Cemetery Loop Hike

Written by Palmetto Bluff

Aug 15, 2018

The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy continues to host many educational events throughout the year. From Brown Bag Lunches to First Friday Lectures, the Conservancy team never runs out of new topics to tackle. Explore PBC is a series of outdoor events to teach members and guests about the wonders of the landscape of Palmetto Bluff. During Explore PBC: Cemetery Loop, members and guests hiked through the woods of Palmetto Bluff along a path named Cemetery Loop that dates back to the Union Camp days of the Bluff. Throughout this hike, guests learned about four distinctive plants of the Lowcountry.

Eastern Red Cedar

The Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) is a mid-story tree that typically grows 20 to 30 feet. You will often find cedars near bodies of water as they need a lot of it to grow. Cedars are very versatile and are used for a variety of things. Native Americans would use the berries of the tree to supplement their food. They would also boil down the leaves and use the concoction as a medicine for common illnesses such as colds, aches, and fevers. The lumber from the cedar tree is sturdy and can be used in several ways, most commonly fence posts. The bark shavings also make great kindling for a fire as well as nesting material for birds and squirrels. In more modern times, the berries from a cedar tree are used to make gin.

Mockernut Hickory

The Mockernut Hickory (Carya tomentosa) is an extremely long-lived tree, sometimes aging up to 500 years old. It is also a very large tree and can grow up to 100 feet tall. The Mockernut Hickory can easily be identified by a few of its characteristics. Most prominent is the Mockernut Hickory’s bark, which has a unique channeled, almost diamond-like, pattern. Another distinguishing factor is the nut of the tree. The nut is relatively large and smooth, with four segments that all come together at the bottom and top. The nut of the Mockernut Hickory is also a great food source for deer and squirrels. Finally, you can tell a Mockernut Hickory by its whitish-grayish colored bark, which is where it gets one of its many nicknames, “white hickory.”


Spartina (Spartina Alterniflora) is a marsh grass that grows anywhere from 1-10 feet in dense colonies that provide protection for different species such as blue crab, redfish, black drum and speckled trout. This makes it a keystone specifies. 50 percent of all the marsh grass is found in South Carolina can be found in Beaufort County and 50 percent of Beaufort county’s land mass is made up of marsh grass.

Black Needle Rush

Black Needle Rush (Juncus Roemerianus) is a codominant with spartina in southern marshes and grows between three and six feet. It has a constant growth rate throughout the year without any recognizable spurts. Black Needle Rush is a phytoremediation, which refers to using living plants to clean up soil, air, and water contaminated with hazardous materials. Black needle rush has assisted in reducing petroleum hydrocarbons found in marshes after large oil spills.

To learn more about events with the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, visit

Food & Wine / Fall Recipes From Buffalos

Your Pine-ness Cocktail Recipe Before delving into the ingredients and recipe for Buffalos’ delectable Ricotta Meatballs and Sauce, it is imperative that the chef has an excellent cocktail for cooking. Pairing the sweetness of pineapple with the woody flavo...

Sep 2023
palmetto bluff neighborhoods

Real Estate / Waterfront Neighborhoods in Palmetto Bluff

Coastal Palmetto Bluff Neighborhoods Palmetto Bluff, a private community nestled along the South Carolina coastline, presents a harmonious blend of luxurious living, recreational spaces, and a vibrant atmosphere. The meticulously designed Palmetto Bluff neigh...

Sep 2023
wilson landing

Waterways / Behind the Bluff with Marina Captain: Thomas Shanahan

Meet Captain Tom of Palmetto Bluff’s Wilson Landing  In the tranquil embrace of Bluffton's Lowcountry, where rivers wind their way through nature's masterpiece, an extraordinary tale unfolds at Wilson Landing of Palmetto Bluff. The story belongs to Captain Th...

Sep 2023
luxury kitchen design

Architecture & Design / Designing the Southern Kitchen of Your Dreams

Your Guide to a Luxury Kitchen Design The kitchen has long been the heart of the home, where cherished memories are cooked up and shared. When it comes to Lowcountry living, a well-designed kitchen is not just a place to prepare meals but a space that encapsu...

Sep 2023
summer bucket list

Culture / Summer Activities to Check Off Your List Before the Fall

10 Activities You Have to Cross Off Your Summer Bucket List While the days are long and the sun hangs high in the sky, summer offers a golden opportunity to create lasting memories and partake in a variety of thrilling activities. Before the cooler breeze of ...

Sep 2023

Conservation / Water Way

Palmetto Bluff is an ecological wonderland, with its maritime forest and tidal rivers, its salt marsh and abundant wildlife. But perhaps one of the most unique features of this wedge of Lowcountry is the impressive inland waterway that wends through the landsc...

Aug 2023

Artist in Residence / Places Around Palmetto Bluff to Paint Plein Air

Plein Air Painting and Our August Artist in Residence Palmetto Bluff is a paradise for art enthusiasts and nature lovers alike with its breathtaking landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and serene atmosphere. With that being said, the Bluff is the perfect canvas f...

Aug 2023
coastal living

Waterways / Experience Health and Happiness By Living on the Coast

5 Health Benefits of Coastal Living Did you know that life by the coast is not only the most idyllic way to live, but it also improves your health? All in all, coastal living is a rejuvenating experience for the mind, body, and soul. From the cool, salty bree...

Aug 2023
south carolina lowcountry

Culture / 9 Enticing Facts About the Lowcountry

Discover the Charm of the South Carolina Lowcountry Where history and nature intertwine with effortless grace, the South Carolina Lowcountry is a region that allures visitors and residents alike with its timeless beauty, enchanting landscapes, and diverse cul...

Aug 2023

Conservation / Behind the Bluff with Palmetto Bluff Conservancy Educator: Aaron Palmieri

Aaron’s Journey to the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy   In the heart of the Lowcountry, where lush landscapes and diverse ecosystems flourish, lies a hidden gem known as Palmetto Bluff. This breathtaking sanctuary serves as a haven for an array of wildlife, offer...

Aug 2023
Community Villages
Palmetto Bluff Club
On The Water
The Arts Initiative
About Us