Echaw Creek is a small black water creek with tidal influence. It is accessed from Pitch Landing on Forest Service Road FS192. Echaw Creek above Pitch Landing narrows, making it for difficult paddling about a half of a mile south of the landing. The tides are approximately two and half to three hours behind Charleston Harbor tides.
About the Trail
To the north, you can paddle several miles to the Santee River. At this point, you can either paddle back to Pitch Landing or continue down the Santee River and take out at McConnell’s Landing. This will require positioning a vehicle in advance or arranging for pickup. Echaw Creek is primarily bordered by cypress swamp, other than some high ground on the right side of the stream. The east bank of the stream is private property, and the west side is National Forest property. Echaw Creek contains some of the largest and oldest cypress trees you will see in Berkeley County. Wildlife is abundant in this area, with white-tailed deer and wood duck spotted frequently.
If you choose to paddle the Santee River to McConnell’s Landing, you will come to Battery Warren, approximately one half of a mile from where the creek joins the river. Battery Warren is a picturesque stop with nice river views from the original earth mounds of the civil war fort, as well as plaques that detail the fort’s history. An easy half of an hour paddle below Battery Warren you will come to McConnell’s Landing on your right bank. The concrete landing has ample parking, and camping is permitted in the cleared area north of the of the landing.
St. Stephen is just a short drive away, which makes the Econo Lodge and the Arrow Head Motel & Campground the closest places to stay.