The Audubon Swamp was once a freshwater reservoir used for rice cultivation. Now it’s a black water cypress and tupedo swamp. It’s 60 acres covered by boardwalks and trails filled with local wildlife. If it’s a lucky day you can see egrets, herons, bald eagles, alligators, otters, and turtles. While walking around keep in mind these were all rice fields worked on by slaves.
You can see the water levels by the differences in color on the vegetation.
The water gets its black hue from Cypress tree tannins. It’s clean just looks dirty from the coloring. The reflections from the dark colored water are very nice.