# 17 Wambaw Creek — Rated: Easy, 4.6 Miles

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Summary:  Wambaw Creek is a pretty black water tidal creek located in the Francis Marion National Forest. It meanders the Wambaw Creek Wilderness. There are two landings that provide access to the creek. You can stage two vehicles or paddle up in one direction and return to your put-in landing. There are many large, beautiful cypress trees along the banks. Camping is permitted at the Elmwood Recreation Area. 

Difficulty:  Easy

Distance:  4.6 miles one-way

Time:  2 – 4 hours

Crowds:  Light

Boat Type:  Kayaks or canoes 10-feet or longer. Paddle boards are not recommended.

NOTE: You can stage 2 vehicles, arrange pickup or do an “up & back” paddle.

Put In:  Wambaw Creek-Still Landing, FR 211-B, Mill Branch Road, McClellanville, SC 29458. GPS: 33.177449, -79.496577 or 33°10’38.8”N, 79°29’47.7”W

Take Out:  Elmwood Recreation Area, Echaw Road, Jamestown, SC 29453. GPS: 33.207819, -79.468563 or 33°12’28.2”N, 79°28’06.8”W

Fees/Permits:  None

CurrentFlows in northeast direction.

Tidal Influence:  Yes, tide is approximately 2 hours behind Charleston Harbor tide table.

Precautions:  Log jams and portages after heavy storms. Wasp nests could be in low lying branches. It’s advisable to wear bright orange during hunting season in the Francis Marion National Forest.

Water LevelThis 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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