# 14 - Crooked Bay 

 Rated: Moderate 

 5.3 or 7.4 miles, round-trip, loop 

 

 Located entirely within the Sandy Beach Waterfowl 

 Management Area, the Crooked Bay route takes 

 the hiker through a variety of habitats including 

 pine forests, bottomland floodplains, water 

 impoundments and big lake coves, all while hiking 

 on wide, easy forest service roads. To say this area 

 has wildlife is an understatement! In one trip, you're 

 likely to see egrets, herons, ibis, eagles, deer, 

 alligators, snakes and fox squirrels. Don't miss this 

 adventure for those who like to wander in the woods! 

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 Allowed 

 certain times 

 CONTACT DNR 

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Difficulty:  Moderate (only due to distance). 

Distance:  5.3 mile route or 7.4 mile route, round-trip, loop style hikes.

Time:  2.5 - 3.5 hours.

Trail Surface:  Wide dirt/sand forest service roads.

Crowds:  Very light. 

Fees/Permits:  None. Parts of the waterfowl management area are closed from November until February. There are signs indicating this. 

Precautions:  Biting insects can be formidable in warmer months. Bring insect repellent. IMPORTANT: Sandy Beach has a large alligator population. There could be alligators sunning on some of the roads. Never approach an alligator. Usually they will quickly move away when they see humans. 

Trailhead & Parking:  Sandy Beach Road, Pineville, SC 29468.

GPS Coordinates for Trailhead:  33.400852, -80.066027  or  33°24'03.1"N 80°03'57.7"W

Camping:  There are two places to camp the Sandy Beach Waterfowl Management Area. There is primitive camping at the north side of Crooked Bay available on a first-come, first-serve basis. This area can easily accommodate 6 campers. Click HERE for the location

There is also camping available at the namesake "Sandy Beach." This area can easily accommodate 20+ campers. Click HERE for the location.

Contacts:  South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Bonneau, SC Office 843-825-3387. Santee Cooper 843-761-4068

Weather on the Trail:  Click HERE

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