The United States Congress designated the Wambaw Swamp Wilderness (map
) in 1980 and it now has a total of 4,755 acres
All of this wilderness is located in South Carolina
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Wambaw Swamp offers no trails and little dry ground. Here, in another of the four Wildernesses in Francis Marion National Forest, you'll find river-bottom hardwood swamp edged with small stands of pine. Wild orchids, lizard's tail, pickerel weed, sedges, and ferns dominate the understory. The water level is generally too low for canoeing. Insects, snakes, muck, and lack of dry campsites keep most humans away. This may be the least visited spot in South Carolina.