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Wambaw Creek Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Wambaw Creek Wilderness (map) in 1980 and it now has a total of 1,832 acres. All of this wilderness is located in South Carolina and is managed by the Forest Service.


Wilderness designation protects 11 miles of Wambaw Creek, another area in Francis Marion National Forest. Old dikes and canals bear evidence of attempts made by early European settlers to tame this region for agriculture. Giant cypress and gum trees line the creek, which flows down the heart of this long, slender Wilderness. The creek varies in width from 20 to 80 feet and provides a home for a few alligators who are seen only occasionally by humans. There are no hiking trails; to see Wambaw Creek you will need a canoe and tide table. Proximity to the Atlantic Ocean causes the creek to be greatly altered by tides. During low tide, the upper creek, especially the first two miles, can be blocked by logs. Passage should be attempted only after heavy rainfall or during high tides, which occur here approximately 4.5 hours after high tide listed in tables for Charleston, South Carolina.

Planning to Visit the Wambaw Creek 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 Wambaw Creek 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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