The United States Congress designated the Little Wambaw Swamp Wilderness (map
) in 1980 and it now has a total of 5,179 acres
All of this wilderness is located in South Carolina
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Another of the four Wildernesses within Francis Marion National Forest, Little Wambaw Swamp is a river-bottom land of hardwoods and sloughs. Bald cypress and tupelo grow impressively large, and about 60 acres of forest in the southwestern portion of the swamp are believed to be virgin timber. The dense understory consists primarily of wild orchids, bladderwort, and pickerel weed. Old, earthen railroad trams cross the area and provide high ground for foot traffic and possible spots to camp. Bridges where the trams spanned the many sluggish waterways are long gone; prepare to wade in the water. Camping is available at bordering Buck Hall Recreation Area, where the earthen tram system can be accessed.