Been thinking a bit about the next option for a paddling trip. The more I read about the Black river and surrounding swamps the more I get excited about a possible trip. I really enjoy the Edisto river and the Black sounds similar. However, the Black offers many more opportunities to tour swamps. Here is a small excerpt from blackriveroutdoors.com
The Black River is the ancient road of colonial commerce that has served plantations since the 1700's. Paddle the clear black waters that ebb and flow through wilderness cypress-tupelo swamps over sandbars and spreading through creeks to the hidden ponds of the 1300 acre Black River Nature Preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy.
Eventually the river joins with waters of the Sampit, Pee Dee, and Waccamaw Rivers to form Winyah Bay, the third largest estuarine system on the East Coast of North America.
Watch for ducks, owls, beavers and otters, alligators, kingfishers, deer, spider lilies, ibis and wood storks, swallow-tail kites, wild turkeys, and swamp canaries.
This is something we really should consider.