# 17 - Wambaw Creek 

 

 

Rated: Easy 

 4.6 miles, one-way 

 

 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 tress along the 
-the banks. Camping is permitted at the 
-Elmwood Recreation Area. 

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Difficulty:  Easy. 

Distance:  4.6 miles, one-way.

Time2 - 4 hours.

CrowdsLight.

IMPORTANT:  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.

 

Current:  Flow in northeast direction.

Tidal Influence:  Yes! Approximately 2 hours behind the Charleston tide table. Charleston Tide Chart, click HERE

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 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.

Weather on the Trail:  Click HERE

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