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Paddle South Carolina from the Savannah River to Little River

South Carolina's coastal waterways offer easy connections between some of our state's most beautiful areas. Now the S.C. Department of Natural Resources has made paddling between these locations, cities, and towns even easier.

Our state's "Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail" extends 295 miles from the Savannah River at the Georgia border through the Sea Islands, past  Charleston, along the Grand Strand, and ends at Little River on the North Carolina border. A map showing points of interest, along with simple to copy latitude/longitude coordinates for the entire trail is free on the DNR website.

The DNR writes:

Get detailed information about public properties throughout the Carolina coast, copy and paste GPS coordinates into your favorite device or online map and there are even photo galleries for many of the points of interest along the way.

The section offers a paddling trail with a diversity of natural and cultural features, and includes every South Carolina coastal habitat type, from tidal waters, marshlands, and swamps to barrier islands, dunes, and beaches. Many cultural sites and places of interest are accessible by kayak including old forts, plantations, fishing villages, port cities, resorts, and many protected wildlife areas.

You can view the resource over here, and a table with distance segments and links is below.

Map No.From LocationTo LocationWaterway(s) Primary Paddling TrailApproximate Distance
1 Savannah River, Georgia Border Beaufort Savannah River, Cooper River, Mackays Creek, Port Royal Sound, Beaufort River, Coosaw River 60
2 Beaufort Edisto Island, the ACE Basin Morgan River, St. Helena Sound, Ashepoo River, South Edisto River, Dawho River 30
3 Edisto Island Charleston North Edisto River, Wadmalaw River, Stono River, Elliot Cut, Wappoo Cut, Charleston Harbor 50
4 Charleston McClellanville Charleston Harbor, Intracoastal Waterway, Bulls Bay 50
5 McClellanville Winyah Bay at Georgetown South Santee River, Intracoastal Waterway, North Santee River, Esterville Minim Creek Canal, Winyah Bay 40
6 Georgetown Sacastee, lower Pee Dee and Waccamaw Great Pee Dee River, Waccamaw River, Intracoastal Waterway 30
7 Socastee Little River, Intracoastal Waterway at North Carolina Border Little River, Intracoastal Waterway 35
Approximate Total Distance in Miles 295

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