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The Preserve is open dawn to dusk, but may be closed periodically while prescribed burns are being conducted. View All
Why You Should Visit
Located at the headwaters of the Perdido River along Dyas Creek, Splinter Hill Bog is home to a variety of habitats, from sandy upland longleaf pine forests to seepage bogs to inundated small stream swamp forests. Much of the site is covered by some of the largest and most visually impressive white-topped pitcher plant bogs in the world.
The site is located in the low rolling hills of southern Alabama near the community of Perdido in northern Baldwin County. The preserve includes portions of the headwaters of Dyas and Bushy Creeks, tributaries of the Perdido River.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
The Splinter Hill Bog Preserve and the adjacent state-owned Forever Wild Preserve contain some of the most intact seepage bog communities remaining on the Gulf Coast. Numerous rare and declining species associated with seepage bogs, upland longleaf forest and coastal blackwater streams are known to occur within this site.
What the Conservancy Is Doing
The Conservancy is working in cooperation with Alabama's Forever Wild Program to acquire and manage a significant portion of the remaining natural habitat in the Splinter Hill Bog area. To date the State of Alabama and The Nature Conservancy have acquired over 2,100 contiguous acres and will work cooperatively to manage this property using periodic prescribed fire and working to control non-native invasive species such as cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica).
About the Preserve's Name
In 2014, Splinter Hill Bog Preserve was renamed in honor of Mary Ruth McClellan Abronski. A native of Clay County, Alabama, Mrs. Abronski was a computer specialist for Sun Oil Company in Philadelphia for 37 years. She and her husband Dick Abronski retired to Fairhope, Alabama, and are donating their estate to conservation. Read more about their story.
What to See: Plants
This preserve is known to be home to over 12 species of carnivorous plants, including 5 species of pitcher plants, 2 species of butterworts and several species of sundews. Some of the unique and rare plants known from the site include: Chapman’s butterwort, white-topped pitcher plant, Wherry’s sweet pitcher plant, purple pitcher plant, parrot pitcher plant, yellow trumpets, sundews, Chapman's butterwort, spoonflower, pineland bogbutton, Drummond’s yellow-eyed grass, Chapman’s yellow-eyed grass, and many others.
What to See: Animals
Several rare animals frequent the preserve, including Bachman’s sparrow, Florida pine snake and gopher tortoise. Eastern cottonmouths can be abundant in the small stream drains so proceed with caution. During the spring and summer, the most common birds observed are summer tanagers, indigo buntings, prairie warblers, yellow throated warblers, pine warblers, eastern towhees, and prothonotary warblers (in the swamps).
Plan Your Visit
The Preserve is open dawn to dusk, but may be closed periodically while prescribed burns are being conducted. Dress to get you feet wet. Long pants and insect repellant are recommended. Temperatures from March-October can range from 30's in early March to mid-90's by June and July.
From Exit 45 on Interstate 65 (Perdido/Rabun) travel west on County Rd. 47 for approximately 2 Miles. Parking area for the George W. Folkerts Bog Trail is located on the left (south) side of the road approximately 200 yards past Dyas Creek.