Waccamaw River Blue Trail

The Waccamaw River Blue Trail extends the South Carolina portion of the Waccamaw River meandering 100 miles through protected bottomland hardwood swamps of the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge and passing through the historic, riverfront cities of Conway and Georgetown. The Waccamaw, a coastal black water river, is home to many rare species of plants and animals, some of which are found nowhere else on earth.

photo: Photo Type: National Water Trails System
Length: 100.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Camping
Fishing
Heritage and History
Swimming
Wildlife Observation
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: The Waccamaw River is located in the coastal plain of South Carolina flowing through urban Conway before emptying into Winyah Bay near Georgetown.
States: South Carolina
Counties: Georgetown, Horry
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Official Start of Trail-Hwy 9 in Longs (Chris Anderson Landing, River Mile 0, 33.544051N/-78.425365W), from Hwy 501 in Conway (Conway Marina, River Mile 42, 33.494499N/-79.024004W) and from Hwy 17 in Georgetown (East Bay Park, River Mile 87, 33.212370N/-79.1648.06W) and many additional access points

Description

Recently listed as a priority project of the America's Great Outdoors Rivers Initiative, the Waccamaw River is a defining part of the region's landscape. Its historical, cultural and natural significance cannot be understated since the river provides clean drinking water, home for fish and wildlife, scenic landscapes and opportunities for outdoor recreation.
The Waccamaw River Blue Trail meanders through the Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve and the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge before merging with the Intracoastal Waterway where the river widens, passing by historic rice fields, Brookgreen Gardens, Sandy Island, and ending at Winyah Bay near Georgetown.
Over 100 miles of river invite the paddler to explore its unique natural, historical and cultural features. Its black waters, cypress swamp and tidal marshes are home to many rare species of plants and animals. The river is steeped in history with Native American settlements, Civil War sites, rice and indigo plantations with their Gullah-Geechee culture, and historic communities and industries that were once served by steamships.
The Blue Trail also connects the protected lands of the Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve, the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge, and the North Inlet-Winyah Bay Estuarine Research Reserve to the historic, riverfront cities of Conway and Georgetown.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 2017

Supporting Webpages and Documents

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Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Public Contact:
Staci Williams
Waccamaw River Blue Trail Coordinator
American Rivers
290 Allied Drive
Conway , SC 29526
(843) 957-2367
swilliams@americanrivers.org

Trail Management:
Christine Ellis
Executive Director
Winyah Rivers Foundation
P.O. Box 261954
Conway , SC 29528 -6054
(843) 349-4007
wrk@coastal.edu

Trail Management:
Bill Lane
South Carolina/North Carolina Project Manager
National Park Service
1924 Building, 100 Alabama Street, S.W.
Atlanta , GA 30303
(404) 507-5690
Bill_Lane@nps.gov

 

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