# 21 - Durham Creek /
7.8 miles, round-trip
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 or two.
Distance: 7.8 miles, round-trip.
Time: 3 - 4 hours.
Crowds: Light to moderate. You’re almost guaranteed to see boaters/anglers in Durham Creek, but the Back River is not frequented.
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: Flows in south direction.
Tidal Influence: Yes! Durham Creek is a tributary of the Cooper River, which is tidally influenced. Calculate approximately 2.5 hours behind the Charleston tide table. Charleston Tide Chart, click HERE.
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 2.5 hours behind the Charleston tide. This can affect your effort paddling the creek. Charleston Tide Chart, click HERE.