Named for its black tannic waters, the Black River has long been a favorite of paddlers in the Lowcountry and beyond. The river flows through bottomland forest along most of its length and offers excellent birding and wildlife watching opportunities. This free-flowing Coastal Plains river has been has the designation of being a State Scenic River, giving you the opportunity to paddle down a pristine river corridor of towering bald cypress trees, black willow and pine. Supporting a myriad of wildlife including turkeys, hawks, wood ducks, night herons and swallow-tailed kites, this is a protected haven for resident and migratory fauna.
This river is a guide favorite. Throughout the year, they get to take groups of students kayaking here for the South Carolina Outdoor Education Program and it gives them the chance to know this river intimately.
If you are looking for a kayak expedition that takes you places that you wouldn’t be able to see otherwise, this is the trip to take. We’ll gently paddle down water trails that will maximize your wildlife opportunities, and the quiet rhythm of the kayaking will allow us to really get in sync with the natural world.
This tour may be booked for private trips.
Things to Know
Gear (sea kayak, PFD, paddle, etc.), pre-paddle prep/instruction, guide, and tax.
5-6 hours (includes instruction, prep and on-water time)
Participants will kayak on a guided expedition down a tidal blackwater creek. This is an excellent tour for beginning and experienced paddlers.
WHAT TO WEAR
Shoes that will stay on your feet (Tevas-style shoes are best), a hat, and synthetic clothing (it will dry faster than cotton). During cooler weather, dress in layers.
WHAT TO BRING
Drinking water (4 liter/person), sunscreen; Pack a lunch and snacks for our break on a creek bank.
Weather (thunderstorms or high winds) may impact this excursion. Cancellations usually occur due to lightning, thunder or high winds and we will make sure to reschedule your group if needed. Our general cancellation policies apply unless our experts determine it is potentially unsafe or unwise to venture out. In the event that we decide to cancel due to weather, we will make every effort to call you at least two hours before your departure and help you reschedule or credit/refund the full cost of your trip.
Gratuity is not included in your tour price. Our guides go above and beyond to make sure you have a fantastic time out on the water! Average gratuity ranges from 15%–25% of your tour cost based on your experience. It is not required, but always greatly appreciated!
NEED TO CANCEL?
You’ll need to call 72-hours prior to the tour or you will not be eligible for a refund for the tour.
You Could Say This Tour Is...
Adventurous, Birding, Blackwater