Posts Categorized: South Carolina

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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South Carolina’s Ashley River Blue Trail featured in Canoe & Kayak Magazine

This article was written by David Kuczkir and appeared originally in Canoe & Kayak Magazine’s digital edition.


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The Lowcountry is truly a unique place. A low-lying coastal area stretching from Charleston, South Carolina, to Hilton Head Island, the Lowcountry is replete with virginal barrier islands, rare and exotic wildlife, and resplendent waterways. Read more…

Ashley Scenic River | Credit: South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources

Ashley River Blue Trail Map Released

One of the most amazing coastal rivers in South Carolina, the Ashley River runs more than 30 miles from its headwaters in the Great Cypress Swamp, Dorchester County, South Carolina to the Charleston Harbor. Not only is the area a recreational hot spot, for paddling, wildlife watching and enjoying the river from its banks, but it is also rich with history including iconic plantations predating the Revolutionary War.

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Ashley Scenic River | Credit: South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources

Ashley River Blue Trail: A Recreational Oasis

This blog is from our partner, Eric Davis who currently serves as Director of Dorchester County Parks and Recreation Department. He is an avid fisherman and lifelong paddler.

From childhood to adulthood and through the lens of my chosen profession, I have always viewed waterways as an indispensable outlet for recreational pursuits for all ages and ability levels. In the South Carolina Lowcountry water is everywhere. Read more…


National Wildlife Refuge Week – Celebrate the Waccamaw!

My heart still skips a beat every time I see a swallow-tailed kite soaring above me. Plentiful osprey make me hold my breath as they dive in to the Waccamaw River for their dinner and nest amidst the tall cypress trees, nothing compares to the tremendous wingspan of the swallow-tailed kite and it’s striking markings and signature forked tail. The Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding area supports the highest density of nesting swallow-tailed kites in South Carolina and is the northernmost documented nest site for the species. These incredible birds are only one of the many reasons the Waccamaw NWR has stolen my heart. Read more…