Why You Should Visit
Paying a visit to the scenic narrows of the Black River is a must for any outdoor enthusiast. The floodplain forest widens and the river narrows between the towering cypress trees. Although the pull of the tide can still be felt, the water moves slowly here as it pushes through the wetland forest. Fishermen tuck themselves into the sloughs and creeks while kayakers thread through the watery maze trying to follow the main channel.
Traveling through the swamp one is likely to encounter wild turkeys, wood ducks, yellow-bellied sliders, and the occasional American alligator.
Bird enthusiasts seek this destination as a place to see prothonotary warblers, pileated woodpeckers, and the state-endangered swallow-tailed kite. In fact, the corridor is considered one of the most important breeding areas in South Carolina for swallow-tailed kites, a striking black-and-white raptor that depends on bottomland forest habitats to survive. A citizen-science project allows bird enthusiasts across the region to report sightings of swallow-tailed kites. You can report sightings online on Conservancy preserves or elsewhere.
Things To Do
- Guided Tours
- Bird watching
Plan Your Visit
The Conservancy’s Black River Preserve is a 60 mile trip from Charleston, should take you about an hour and twenty minutes. Check the tides before you plan your trip: the tidal delay for this stretch of river is about 6.0 hours off the Charleston, SC tide projections. The approximate time it takes to paddle from Pump House to Pine Tree landing is 3 hours (if traveling with the tide—longer if not).
If you’re interested in a guided tour, you can contact Black River Outdoors to schedule a trip with their professional guides at 843-546-4840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.