# 20 - Chicken Creek
9.1 miles, one-way
Get ready for variety with this paddle! You'll
spend time on the Santee River, meander two
wilderness bottomland creeks that rarely see
visitors, paddle through the Francis Marion National
Forest, and experience the same forests that
Revolutionary soldiers traversed over two
-centuries ago. Besides all this, you're likely to
-see herons, egrets, bald eagles and so much more!
The Berkeley Blueways always recommends wearing a PFD when paddling!
Difficulty: Moderate, only due to distance.
Distance: 9.1 miles, one-way.
Time: 4 - 5 hours.
Crowds: Light. You could see motorized boat traffic on the Santee River sections, but the creeks rarely see boats or paddlers.
IMPORTANT: Requires staging 2 vehicles or arranging pickup.
Put In: McConnell’s Landing (note: some mapping/GPS applications call this “Pleasant Hill Landing),
Forest Service Road 204-F, Jamestown, SC 29453. GPS: 33.244908, -79.520938 or 33°14’41.7”N, 79°31’15.4”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
Current: Flows downriver in a southeast direction.
Tidal Influence: Yes, tide is approximately 2 – 2.5 hours behind Charleston Harbor tide table. Charleston Tide Chart, click HERE.
Precautions: It’s advisable to wear bright orange during hunting season in the Francis Marion National Forest.
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.