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UPCOMING EXPEDITIONS: 2022 DATES COMING SOON
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$875/person

Francis Marion National Forest, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and the Santee Delta are some of the most spectacular wilderness ecosystems in the world, taking you from inky blackwater swamps into the saltwater estuary. Paddle these creeks and rivers into the ocean while taking in the iconic Lowcountry landscape.  Towering bald cypresses, wildflowers, otters and owls dominate the freshwater portion of the trip.  Watch for curious bottlenose dolphins as they pop up nearby on our paddle to Bulls Island.  It’s an incredible opportunity to get to know these wild and federally-protected habitats in an unforgettable way.

Day 1:  Echaw Creeek to McConnell Landing in Francis Marion National Forest
Day 2: Santee River to Wambaw Creek, with a stop at Hampton Plantation
Day 3:  Kayak through Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge to Bulls Island to hike the beach and maritime forest

Itinerary Highlights:
• Sunrise on the Santee
• Red-cockaded Woodpecker Hike in a Longleaf Pine ecosystem
• Paddling under ancient bald cypresses with giant trunks
• Picnic and hike at Hampton Plantation
• Wildlife opportunities including bottlenose dolphin, American alligator, raptors, otters, turtles, pelicans and more
• Camping in the National Forest with experienced guides
• Blackwater, brackish and saltwater ecosystems

Things to Know

INCLUDES
Tents, sea kayaks (and related gear), transportation (by van and ferry), meals & snacks, guide service

NOT INCLUDED
Personal items, extra snacks, guide gratuity

AGE MINIMUM
This trip is designed for adults, but we welcome teenagers 16 and older with a parent.

COVID SAFTEY
Coastal Expeditions guides and clients are expected to be fully vaccinated to join this trip.

WHAT TO BRING
You will be provided a checklist of things to pack once you’ve booked.  We’ll tell you what we recommend for clothing, and you’ll definitely need a sleeping bag, but you should be able to pack for this with gear and clothing that you already own.

ACTIVITY LEVEL
No prior kayaking experience is needed (we’ll teach you what you need to know), but it will require some endurance.  We’ve timed the paddling with the tides to make the experience enjoyable, but we’ll be doing a combination of paddling+hiking between 5-10 miles/day. Ages 16+

ABOUT YOUR GUIDES
Our expert guides are safety-trained in ACA kayaking, first aid, CPR and life guarding every year.  As the local guide service for adventure companies like Backroads International, REI Adventures, Road Scholars and other groups, we’re prepared to create experiences that are rich in history and wildlife, while providing the skills needed for a fun camping/kayaking expedition in the Lowcounty.

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