Beaufort River is lined with tall marsh grass called spartina. At low tide, waters recede and expose mudflats. The space is shared by fiddler crabs, oystercatchers, herons, mullet, terrapin and osprey, all living not far from the historic downtown.
Beaufort sits on one of the largest natural harbors on the East Coast. The first Europeans to discover it were the Spanish and French who sailed here in the 1520s.
By the 1700s, these waterways had become important transportation routes for plantation owners moving their crops to European markets. Today, the water remains an important draw to this area.
Uploaded: Sep 13, 2016