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Little Wambaw Swamp Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Little Wambaw Swamp Wilderness (map) in 1980 and it now has a total of 4,967 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.

Planning to Visit the Little Wambaw Swamp Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Little Wambaw Swamp Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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