Waccamaw Island Canoe Loop

MODERATE 2 reviews

Waccamaw Island Canoe Loop is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Conway, South Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

nature trips

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Old Waccamaw River or Thororoughfare Creek

mountain biking
5 months ago

canoeing
7 months ago

This is a moderate kayak paddle about 4.1 miles long. You start at the J. Todd Public Boat Landing at the end of Jackson Bluff Rd in Conway, SC. There is plenty of wildlife to be seen. Within a few minutes of getting on the water we spotted a large American Alligator. We followed him for about a mile before slipped into one of the smaller creeks. We saw several more smaller alligators for the first few miles. There are always numerous turtles (red-eared sliders mostly) sunning themselves on the banks and fallen logs. We also spotted two barred owls, a few pileated woodpeckers, and a golden finch or two. We were serenated by a host of sing birds as we lazily drifted along. Once we turned onto the main channel of the Waccamaw River we had to paddle against a bit of a current as the Waccamaw is affected by tides and the tide was on its way out. That was for a short distance then we were back on Thorofare Creek or Old River to finish up. The only downfall to this short paddle is that these areas are used by bass fishermen and other power boaters. You have to stay well out of the center of the creek as they don't always move slowly. This is more often used for kayaking rather than canoeing but kayaking was not a choice in activity.