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Paddling on the Waccamaw River Blue Trail | Charles Slate

Waccamaw River Blue Trail Update – Enhancing Ecotourism Along the Grand Strand

It’s a really exciting time for the Waccamaw River Blue Trail! We have a strong partnership with a local chamber of commerce that has worked over the last several years to promote ecotourism and build support for conservation along the Waccamaw River Blue Trail, South Carolina’s only National Water Trail. To help further improve ecotourism to the Waccamaw River and Georgetown County, we have worked with our partners to connect tourists, the community and area businesses together and demonstrate the importance of the Waccamaw River to the local way of life and economy.

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Funding Opportunity from EPA – Urban Waters Small Grant


Earlier this fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began soliciting proposals for projects that will advance EPA’s water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed and eligible projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities. Applications are due November 20th. Read more…


Visit the Waccamaw! New film features the Blue Trail

Slow-moving blackwater. Untouched cypress vistas. Swallowtail kites and ospreys soaring overhead. Our new film features the many treasures of South Carolina’s Waccamaw River Blue Trail.


Come explore the Waccamaw with its extensive unique wetlands and wildlife habitat, rich history, and endless recreation opportunities. American Rivers helped launch the Waccamaw River Blue Trail in 2009 to improve recreation, increase community involvement, support conservation, and help citizens and decision makers embrace the river as a community asset.

Considered one of the finest blackwater rivers in the Southeast, the Waccamaw River is  ideal for canoeing and kayaking and provides a memorable experience for all. Families enjoy paddling and watching otters and other wildlife. Anglers enjoy the year-round fishing. Birders visit to spot the red cockaded woodpecker, along with an abundance of herons and egrets.

Come explore, learn more, and plan your trip to the Waccamaw River Blue Trail!

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