Carolina Bays: Natural Phenomena of the East Coast

Exclusive to just a few states along the Atlantic seaboard, the mysteriousness of these natural phenomena takes them to one of the top slots on our bucket list. Carolina Bays are elliptical depressions in the earth that vary in depth and size, but are usually marshy habitats that are extremely rich in biodiversity. Their origin remains unknown, with theories ranging from an impact event to morphing by sea currents.


There are several public Carolina Bay sites like the Cathedral Bay Heritage Preserve and the Lisa Matthews Memorial Bay (both in Bamberg County), the Carolina Bay Nature Preserve in Aiken, and Woods Bay State Park in Olanta. 

Main Photo Credit: Woods Bay State Park by Natalie Koeplinger 

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