# 21 Durham Creek / Back River — Rated: Moderate, 7.8 Miles
Summary: The Back River is accessed from Durham Creek near Cypress Gardens. You’ll paddle beside tall grasses, and forestation that is a mix of pine, cypress, sweet gum, hardwoods, red cedar and river birch. In warmer months, the banks are lined with flowering water lilies. The waterway is home to wood ducks, herons, anhingas, and osprey. On the upper creek, you may even spot a white tailed deer.
Difficulty: Moderate, only due to distance
Distance: 7.8 miles, round-trip
Time: 3 – 4 hours
Crowds: Light. You’re almost guaranteed to see boaters/anglers in Durham Creek, but the Back River is not frequented.
Boat Type: Kayaks or canoes 10 feet or longer. Paddle boards are not recommended.
Put In / Take Out: Durham Creek Landing (note: some mapping/GPS applications call this “Cypress Gardens Boat Ramp”), 3000 Cypress Gardens Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461. GPS: 33.057584, -79.957782 or 33°03’27.3”N, 79°57’28.0”W
Current: Negligible, generally south direction
Tidal Influence: Yes, tide is approximately 1.5 hours behind Charleston Harbor tide table
Precautions: Motorized boats go up and down Durham Creek. Most boaters will slow down and yield to paddlers, but keep a watchful eye.
Water Level: This Blueway paddle trail is approximately 2 hours behind the Charleston tide. This can affect your effort paddling the creek. Charleston Tide Chart, click HERE.
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