Just 35-50 minutes from Charleston you can explore cool and shaded blackwater swamps, rivers and historic rice plantations. Paddle through a flooded forest in a protected wilderness area in the National Forest and see 1,000 year old cypress trees or see a 300 year old church overlooking thousands of acres of rice fields where eagles nest. Wildlife includes the shy and elusive alligator, turtles, wetland wading birds, woodpeckers and sometimes river otters! To see an overview of what to expect, check out this quick two minute video.
** Please note, only Shem Creek and Wambaw Swamp can be booked online. All others please call us at 843-568-3222 for a reservation.
Wambaw Swamp Wilderness Kayak and Canoe Trail
Our most popular blackwater tour!
McClellanville, SC (45-50 min. from Downtown Charleston, 20 min. from Georgetown, 30-40 min. from Myrtle Beach)
This is a Nationally Recognized and Designated Trail located in the heart of a Protected Wilderness area in the Francis Marion National Forest. This beautiful blackwater creek is a tributary to the Santee River and was paddled by the Santee and coastal Plain Indians for thousands of years. Giant 1,000 year old Bald Cypress trees can be seen in the upper section and Water Oak, Water Ash, Red Maple and Swamp Dogwood shade the banks of its pristine black waters. It offers spectacular birding and wildlife viewing. Banks of the river reflect geological precedence of the rice era where historical earthen dikes give way to a flooded subtropical forest of abandoned rice fields once owned by prosperous rice plantations.
Ages 10 and up for single boats. 2 Hour, 1/2 Day, Full Day Tours, and Overnight Expeditions available.
Quenby Creek Rivers & Rice Plantation Tour
Coming soon! This tour is unavailable at the moment due to circumstances beyond our control; we hope to offer it again in the near future.
(includes 300 year old Ponpion Chapel Church on 1/2 day tour)
Huger, SC area (23 miles from Downtown Charleston)
This blackwater tour starts on Quenby Creek and twists along the historic banks of Quenby Plantation. Journeying through abandoned rice fields of wildflowers, we paddle on to the East Branch of the Cooper River where wooden barges once floated rice, cotton and indigo out to the Charleston harbor. On this trip we’ll view bald eagles, hawks and wetland shorebirds with incredible views of miles overlooking the abandoned rice fields full of beautiful wetland wildflowers. Often accompanied by the nostalgic American Alligator, this tour is truly one of our paddler's favorites.
Ages 12 and up for single boats, minimum party size of 4. 2 Hour (Quenby to Huger Creek), 1/2 Day or Full Day Tours available.
Hampton Island Rice Plantation & Mighty Santee River
McClellanville area (40+ miles from Charleston or 18 miles from Georgetown)
A historical paddle lined with wild rice, golden club and pickerel weed. Meandering around Hampton Plantation and Hampton Island, this wonderful blackwater paddle has historical rice canals diverging off of its banks for you to explore at high tide! Timbers from rice gates can be found and paddlers often tell of the "gullah" songs that can be heard from 100 years of singing by the slaves that once lived on this 1,000 acre island! Paddlers can stop at Hampton Plantation State park and tour the antebellum house, home of the famous author Archibald Rutledge, or hike the woodland trails. A wonderful experience for both natural and cultural history seekers!
Ages 13 and up for single boats, minimum party size of 6. 2 Hour and 1/2 Day Tours available.
Wadboo Creek & Swamp
Moncks Corner, SC (40 minutes from Charleston)
This is a unique paddle that journeys both "up the creek" and "down the creek" from our landing. Up the creek we paddle past a 25 ft. high limestone cliff with caves and twist and turn through the tributaries of Wadboo Swamp, where General Francis Marion had supply shacks. The banks are lined with subtropical vegetation. Down the creek we paddle through thousands of acres of abandoned rice fields, up a rice canal and view fish and aquatic life through a crystal clear aquarium view just feet below our boats. The creek has a white sandy bottom and is surrounded by several Osprey and Bald Eagle nests. Egret, Herons, Cormorants, Anhingas and Alligators are commonly seen feeding and wading in the shallow, clear waters.
2 Hour, 1/2 Day or Full Day Tours available. Ages 11 and up for single boats. Minimum party size of 4.
2 hour tours on Wadboo Creek includes seeing the limestone cliff area and blackwater creek.
1/2 Day will include the cliff, creek and the abandoned rice fields.
Full Day Tour includes a journey along the famous hand dug "tail race canal" and includes lunch.
Edisto River and the ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge
(25 minutes from EDISTO ISLAND), 35-45 minutes from Charleston
We explore three different sections of the Edisto and one that includes the ACE Basin.
The Edisto is a blackwater river that is freeflowing through 12 counties in South Caroina. Paddle along tall forested banks of Water Oak, Water Hickory, Tupelo Gum and Cypress! Stop on a sandbar for lunch and reflect on the surroundings the Edisto Indians once called home. This beautiful river is not to be missed by local paddlers and offers a diverstiy of scenery and water levels for every paddler. Tours are conducted "one way" with transportation provided back to your vehicles! Cabin Rentals and camping available along the river.... call or email us for details!
1/2 Day or Full Day Tours available. Ages 9 and up for single boats, minimum party size of 6.
* There is a $5 additional charge per person for other blackwater tours for the Edisto, Ashley River, Sparkleberry and ACE Basin trips, with a minimum party size of 6.