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Experience one of the most unique areas in the Francis Marion National Forest. Awendaw Creek is named after the Sewee Native American village that once flourished upon its banks. It is the only saltwater creek in the National Forest. We leave from Awendaw Creek Canoe Launch and meander through the “Cliffs of Awendaw.” We will join up with the Intracoastal Waterway and end at Buck Hall Recreation Area. We will take a short break for lunch. We will then link up with the Awendaw Passage of the Palmetto Trail. Along our hike we will get wonderful views of Awendaw Creek and Bulls Bay, as well as, travel through the old Sewee Village site and get to see a cemetery dating back to the 1800’s. This area is rich in history dating back 1000’s of years. Common sights on the tour are oysters, shorebirds, songbirds, dolphin, alligator, and the occasional bald eagle. Our day will end at Awendaw Creek Canoe Launch.
4.5 to 5 hour tour. Will need to bring a lunch. Minimum party size of 2 for this tour.
2 Hour, 1/2 Day (3 hours) and Full Day (5-6 hours) tours available. McClellanville, SC area (38-40 miles from Charleston)
We begin our Paddle on Jeremy creek, located in the Historic Shrimping Village of McClellanville. As we kayak past historical coastal homes and Shrimp boats we head out into the harbor. Islands of spartina, bull rush and wild rice line the banks of our journey as we Paddle through saltwater creeks to see remaining rice trunk gates, still functioning and left from the rice era of the 1700's and 1800's. The area is bordered by 64,000 acres of the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge and another 11,000 acres of the Santee coastal Reserve. This pristine wilderness is famous for it's "Bulls Bay Oysters" and delicious Shrimp. As we explore the creeks we usually see plenty of wildlife including Dolphin, Alligator, and several species of coastal birds. You can rent a home right on the water or camp in the National Forest only minutes away. It's a favorite place to Paddle for the locals! Minimum party size of 2 to book this Tour. For Rates Click Here
Cat Island is a small Island on the upper Wando River. This Island has a nice sandy beach that is great for relaxing and a small maritime forest to explore. Cat Island is also on of the best island to hunt for fossils (mainly sharks teeth) along the beach.
We meet at Paradise Island Boat Landing depart with the falling tide. We will ride the tide out to the Island. During the paddle you will learn about the diverse wildlife and rich history of the area. We stop on the Island where we can have lunch, relax, swim, explore, and hunt for fossils (Shark Teeth). I will lead a short nature walk on the Island as well for anyone who would like to join in. We will stay on the island for approximately 1 hour and wait for the tide to change, then ride the tide back to the landing.
Total trip time is approximately 4 hours. Minimum party size of 2 to book this tour.
Our most popular blackwater tour!
McClellanville, SC (45-50 min. from Downtown Charleston, 30 min. from Georgetown)
This is a Nationally Recognized and Designated Trail located in the heart of the protected Wambaw Creek Wilderness Area in the Francis Marion National Forest. This beautiful blackwater creek is a tributary to the Santee River and was paddled by the Santee and coastal Plain Indians for thousands of years. The creek is surrounded by a seasonal floodplain swamp where giant 1,000 year old Bald Cypress trees can be seen in the upper section and Water Tupelo, Water Oak, Water Ash, Red Maple and Swamp Dogwood shade the banks of its pristine black waters. It offers spectacular birding and wildlife viewing. Banks of the river reflect geological precedence of the rice era where historical earthen dikes give way to a flooded subtropical forest of abandoned rice fields once owned by prosperous rice plantations.
Ages 12 and up for single boats. 2 Hour, 1/2 Day, Full Day Tours, and Overnight Expeditions available. For Rates Click Here
Full Day Tour only. 12 or 20 miles fron Downtown Charleston - 2 DIFFERENT Departure Areas
Capers Island is a Beautiful undeveloped pristine barrier island. Home to the orignal "Boneyard Beach," it gives way to incredible natural beauty. We do two different tours here. You can Paddle through Sewee Bay 2 1/2 miles each way (round trip 5 miles).... to the South Side of the island that has forested dunes. For the more experienced paddler who wants a little more challenge, you can Paddle with us 5.5 miles each way (round trip 11 miles) to the North End of the Island across from Bulls Island. Both areas are wonderful. The North end offers a little more privacy, with less visitation.... Full Day Tours available only or Overnight Expeditions. Rentals also available for those that want to paddle into the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge! For Rates Click Here
2 Hour, 3 - 3 1/2 Hour and 5-6 Hour Tours available.
This is the National Forests only saltwater paddling trail! Meandering through the "cliffs of Awendaw." This tour leaves from Buck Hall Recreation Area and will paddle past the an ancient shell midden which dates back to the Sewee Indians who once had a village along Awendaw Creek. You will have great views of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest. We'll also paddle on the Intracoastal Waterway that is adjacent to the islands in the Refuge. Common sights are Dolphin, Alligators, Shorebirds, Oysters, and the occasional Bald Eagle.
2 Hour or 1/2 Day Tour available. Minimum party size of 2 to book this Tour. For Rates Click Here
Come Join us on one of our ecotours tour down the Historic Santee River. We will begin at McConnells Landing and travel down the Santee River. We will meet up with the more secluded Chicken Creek which Meanders through old Cypress-Gum Swamp. We end on the Iconic Wambaw Creek once home to the industrious rice culture. Common opportunities for wildlife viewing on this tour includes Alligators, Osprey, Eagles, Songbirds, Turtles, Shorebirds, and occasionally Otters. One sight not common is people. This is an off the beating path paddle that is every nature and history lovers dream. This tour lasts about 4 hours on the water.
Awendaw, SC (Only Minutes outside of Mount Pleasant, 20 Minutes from Downtown Charleston, 50 minutes from Georgetown)
Only Minutes away from Mount Pleasant, SC. Paddle along the upper sections of the Iconic Wando River, one of the 3 rivers that make up the Charleston Harbor. This is a very beautiful natural salt and brackish marsh habitat where you will have wildlife viewing opportunities including shorebirds, crabs, fish, shrimp, the occasional Dolphin and even a rare alligator. We will discuss the importance of this diverse marsh habitat. This area is also rich in Native American and Early European History. Learn about the Native American people who lived in the area dating back 4000 years as well as the pre-colonial and early American Settlers that made this area their home. The Sunset tour ends with a beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry Sunset.
Ages 14 and up for single boats. 2 hr tour. For Rates Click Here
McClellanville, SC (45-50 minutes away form Downtown Charleson, 40 minutes away from Georgetown)
Come see the Full Moon over the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge and Francis Marion National Forest. The naturalist guided tour will leave from our Adventure Center in McClellanville and travel up the Intracoastal Waterway into Awendaw Creek. The paddle will last approximately 1 hour. Common wildlife viewing opportunities on the tour include: Dolphin, Shorebirds, Osprey, and Bioluminescent Phytoplankton. This Paddle will be followed by a Bonfire on our waterfront Campground overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway at the put in/take out. $30 per person ($15 if you bring your own boat). Don't want to paddle, come relax by the fire and watch the moonrise for $10. Discounted Camping and Cabin rates are available to anyone on the tour that wants to stay the night (call 843-697-2075 to book). Smores and Hot Dogs are provided, but feel free to bring Marshmallows, Hot Dogs, Drinks, etc. to roast by the fire and any instruments if you are musically inclined. This area is a great place to photograph the moon so bring any photography gear you have as well. This event is both Kid and Dog Friendly.
Ages 12 and up in single kayak. tour is 1 hour paddle followed by Bonfire.
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Moncks Corner, SC (45 min form Downtown Charleston, 30 min from Summerville, 30 minutes from Mount Pleasant)
Wadboo Creek is a tributary of the Cooper River. Along this blackwater creek you will see freshwater marsh, limestone cliffs, and mature cypress swamp. There is plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities along the way. This creek was once home to large plantations. The limestone bluffs that line the creek are said to have been used by the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion for hiding as he escaped the British Soldiers. This tour is perfect for both the nature lover and history buff.
Ages 12 and up for single kayaks. 2 hour, 3 hour, and full day tours offered. For Rates Click Here