Quinby Creek – Huger
Quinby Creek is accessed at the Ralph Hamer, Sr. Landing on Cainhoy Road, approximately one quarter of a mile west of the Highway 41 junction. Hamer Landing is a large, concrete, double ramp adjacent to the Quinby Creek Bridge. Ample parking is available. The tides are approximately two and a half to three hours behind Charleston Harbor tides. The trip can either be paddled from Huger or Quinby.
About the Trail
Upon launching at the ramp, you will paddle to the right in a northerly direction. Quinby Creek meanders through marshland and old rice fields for about one mile and one quarter miles, before emptying into the East Branch Cooper River at its confluence with Huger Creek. You will see remnants of the old rice field dikes on the left bank as you approach the river.
On entering the river from Quinby Creek, you will paddle to your right in an easterly direction into Huger Creek. You will soon notice a change as the higher ground will start supporting more forestation. Huger Creek will be bordered by a mix of marsh grass and scrub forest for a distance of about two and one half miles, before passing under the railroad bridge at Huger Park. You can take out at Huger Park Landing on your left just beyond the bridge, if you have positioned a vehicle; or you can use the landing for a lunch break, before beginning your return trip to Ralph Hamer Sr. Landing. Quinby and Huger Creeks are blackwater tidal creeks at the extreme end of the East Branch Cooper River. They both offer excellent pan fish and bass fisheries for the fishermen among us. The creeks are lined with flowering lily pads in the warmer months. Wildlife consists mostly of wading birds, ducks, osprey and small alligators.
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