We offer blackwater tours throughout the month in Francis Marion National Forest. To join a scheduled tour, click here.
If you’d like experience this as a private outing, please call to book. We can easily arrange for a guide for your group.
Take a trip back in time as you paddle along the sites of revolutionary battles, rice fields and historic plantations on this special blackwater paddle. This adventure is available for anyone looking for a real education in Carolina cultural and natural history.
This blackwater paddle is timed with the tides to make for an enjoyable day on the water and is highlighted by views of the charming Pompion Hill Chapel and a creekside picnic. Dating back to the 1700’s, this structure is one of the last standing Georgian-style chapels.
Along the way, your naturalist guide will share the stories of the plantations and rice fields, and describe the Battle of Quinby Creek (1781). Alligators basking on creek banks, swallow-tailed kites soaring acrobatically overhead and ospreys with fresh catches in their talons are all possible wildlife sightings along this epic water trail. To make this blackwater kayak paddle even more spectacular, wildflowers are prolific along the edges of the rice field canals from spring through fall, setting a backdrop of color that enhances the day.
*This creek is also referred to as Quenby Creek.
Things to Know
Gear (sea kayak, PFD, paddle, etc.), pre-paddle prep/instruction, guide and tax.
About 5 hours (includes instruction, prep, creekside lunch and on-water time)
Participants will kayak on a guided expedition that has been timed with the tides for an enjoyable trip. This is an intermediate level tour for anyone with a moderate level of fitness.
WHAT TO WEAR
Shoes that will stay on your feet, a hat, and synthetic clothing (it will dry faster than cotton). During cooler weather, dress in layers.
WHAT TO BRING
Drinking water, sunscreen, insect repellent, bagged lunch and snacks.
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 48-hours prior to this trip or you will not be eligible for a refund for the tour.