The Waccamaw Neck is a narrow peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Waccamaw River in Georgetown County, also known as the Hammock Coast of South Carolina. Parallel to the always busy Highway 17 is the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway, which runs from Murrells Inlet to Sandy Island Road near Huntington Beach State Park.
The paved trail (6 miles of continuous trail and 2 sections of 4 miles) allows for biking or walking, and weaves through some of the area’s most breathtaking outdoor landscapes.
The Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest is tucked into Four Holes Swamp, a 45,000 acre comprised of black water sloughs and lakes, bottomland hardwoods, and almost ancient bald cypress and typelo gum flats. Long story short…this is a birding paradise. Explore with a 1.75-mile self-guided tour along the boardwalk trail or experience on of their guided canoe trips…either way you are guaranteed to witness nature in its finest habitat.
As you paddle through the Edisto River, you automatically know you are in an extraordinary place. The Edisto is wild; primarily undeveloped and a haven for nature. The Edisto is also free; as the longest free-flowing black water river in the United States. One of our favorite experiences here is the Edisto River Canoe & Kayak Trail. This 57-mile trail takes you on a gentle passage where you will be sure to see white sands, cypress knees, and moss-draped trees. The Edisto is also contained only in South Carolina, making this experience truly one-of-a-kind.
Up for a rustic and authentic experience on the Edisto? We’re talking no electricity, no running water, no problem. Really unplug and paddle up to your very own treehouse! One of the most unique experiences on the Edisto also comes with quite a view.
This undeveloped barrier island is the largest (5,000 acres to be exact) within the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, and is one of our favorite outdoor adventures in the Lowcountry.
The natural habitats on Bulls Island are extremely diverse and include maritime forest, brackish and fresh water impoundments, salt marsh, and sandy beaches. The lush environment is home to tons of wildlife, and is especially famous for birds (over 293 species have been recorded in or around here). Better yet, there are plenty of trails in place that will guide you through this hidden jewel of an island. Bulls is accessible by ferry through Coastal Expeditions, which also offers several ways to experience the island including kayak tours, overnight events, charters, and field study groups.
In between the South Carolina and Georgia border you’ll find the 56,000-acre Lake Hartwell, renowned by anglers across the state for its championship level fishing. Tournaments are held throughout the year without fail on Lake Hartwell, especially for striped and hybrid bass, largemouth, crappie, bream and catfish. You can also access the lake at Lake Hartwell State Park, which has camping, hiking, and other outdoor recreational opportunities.
The Chattooga was designated a “National Wild and Scenic River” for good reason. Her waters flow through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain range and feed into countless streams, swimming holes, and picture-perfect waterfalls.
The rapids range from Class II all the way up to a Class V canyon, creating the perfect storm for some serious outdoor adventure for any age. There are several outfitters, activities & accommodations to choose from, so you can tailor your experience to make sure it’s just right for you!
Time slows down on Edisto Island. There are no hotels, plenty of shells, breathtaking nature, friendly faces and plenty of crabs to go around for everyone. Overnight guests at Edisto Island State Park can use the crabbing dock on Scott Creek, and day users/campground guests just head to the inlet. There’s just something about catching your own dinner!
Lake Greenwood is 212 miles of shoreline, 11,000 acres, and a whole lot of stellar fishing. The picturesque lake borders Greenwood, Laurens, and Newberry counties and is known especially for crappie, bass, and other freshwater varieties. Bring along the whole family for some camping, picnic at Lake Greenwood State Park, and explore nearby downtown Greenwood for amazing shopping and events!