For the Coastal Outdoor Adventurist
Santee Coastal Reserve
The 24,000-acre Wildlife Management Area includes two barrier islands (Cedar Island and Murphy Island) that are only accessible by boat, The Cape, and Washo Reserve. The reserve offers hiking, biking, fishing, and primitive camping opportunities.
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
Stretching for 22 miles along the coast, the refuge is an area rich in natural resources covering 66,267 acres including barrier islands with long sandy beaches, dense maritime forest, fresh and brackish water impoundments, emergent salt marshes and intricate coastal waterways. Activities within Cape Romain include managed hunts, fishing, wildlife viewing, photography, two hiking trails, beachcombing and shelling, Bulls Island excursions, various tours, events, and educational programs.
Capers Island Heritage Preserve
Capers Island is a classic, undeveloped barrier Island nestled between Dewees Island and Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. The heritage preserve is about three miles from the mainland and is about three miles long and one mile in width. The 850 acres of maritime uplands, 214 acres of front beach, 1,090 acres of salt marsh and over 100 acres of brackish water impoundments. The island has diverse habitats and abundand wildlife, which can be observed on the McCaskill Trail, a favorite for birders and hikers. Fishing and primitive tent camping are also available here by permit from the SC Department of Natural Resources.
Francis Marion National Forest
Francis Marion National Forest is 258,864 acres protected by the Forest Service and has multiple recreation opportunities including camping, rifle ranges, boat ramps, and trails, including a section of the South Carolina Palmetto Trail and an interpretive trail leading to ancient Native American shell rings. The forest has four official wilderness areas including Hell Hole Bay, Little Wambaw Swamp, Wambaw Creek, and Wambaw Swamp.
To see the different trails available at each wilderness area, be sure to download the full itinerary pdf below!
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