Santee River-Wilson’s Landing

Wilson’s Landing is located on the tailrace of the Lake Marion dam. It is accessed on Wilson’s Landing Road off of Highway 45, west of St Stephen. Being a distance of 25 miles, the Wilson’s Landing section of the Santee River is too long for a day trip and is recommended to be attempted as a two-day trip with camping overnight. This will not only lessen the demands on the paddler, it… Read More

Santee River-Jamestown

The Jamestown section of the Santee River begins at the Highway 41 Bridge, about one and one half miles from the intersection of Highway 41 and US 17 Alternate. A suitable takeout would be McConnell’s Landing about 9 and one half miles downstream. It will be necessary to position a vehicle at McConnell’s Landing or to make arrangements for someone to pick you up at that location. The Jamestown section of the… Read More

Wadboo Creek-Upper Wadboo

The upper section of the Wadboo Creek is accessed from the Henry Brown Bridge on the Palmetto Trail. To do so, take US 52 West from Moncks Corner to the US 17 Alternate turnoff toward Jamestown. Follow US 17 Alternate for 4.1 miles, and turn right into the Francis Marion National Forest at the Wadboo Paddle Trail sign. Travel 1 mile until the road ends, where an easily discerned section of the… Read More

Wambaw Creek

Wambaw Creek is a pretty black water tidal creek located in the Francis Marion National Forest. It meanders through the Wambaw Creek Wilderness Area created in 1980. There are two public landings providing access to the creek: Still Landing and Elmwood Landing. Still Landing is located on Forest Service Road FR 211B, and Elmwood Landing is located on Forest Service Road FR 204 adjacent to the bridge. The distance between the landings… Read More

Echaw Creek

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.  To the north, you can paddle several miles to the Santee River. At this point, you… Read More

Spiers Landing

Spiers Landing is accessed by turning off of Highway 6 one half of a mile west of the Cross Fire Department #2 onto Spiers Landing Road. The paved launching facility is part of a Berkeley County Park that offers plenty of parking and easy launching. As the map of the trail shows, there are numerous islands to paddle around, as well as several miles of inviting shoreline. With Spiers Landing, one can… Read More