Echaw Creek

McClellanville, South Carolina 29458

Echaw Creek

Echaw Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Bird life echoes through the forest, adding to the overall effect. The canopied waterway opens onto its mother stream, the wide Santee River. The big water experience contrasts completely with Echaw Creek. Here, you float down a watercourse hundreds of feet wide that delivers its own brand of remoteness. Curve downriver to make a riverside stop. From here, clamber up a hill to reach Battery Warren, a bluff-top Confederate defense post with its earthworks intact and stabilized. An interpretive trail runs south from the Battery Warren through hills to an auto-accessible trailhead.

This makes for a fun and historic leg-stretcher that adds to the paddle. Once back in the boat, paddlers will soon reach their destination on the wide Santee, coming to McConnell Landing, also situated on a hill. There is a bit of a tidal effect. I recommend starting your paddle about 4 hours after high tide in Charleston Harbor to get a favorable downstream push."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Tidally influenced wilderness creek, big coastal plain river.
Tidal Information
Additional Use
Francis Marion National Forest, 2967 Steed Creek Rd., Huger, SC 29450, (843) 336-3248,
Local Contacts
Francis Marion National Forest; USGS Quadrangle Maps: Honey Hill, Cedar Creek
Local Maps

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Dec 2018