Like its sister the Black River East, the 41-mile Black River West is
a genuine Lowcountry stream: Dark stained and snaking like a corkscrew
through a swampy forest. But this moderately difficult river is less
traveled than the Black River East and thus potentially slower going.
Nonetheless, it’s a lovely place to experience blackwater paddling.
In the early 1980s, the National Park Service even surveyed the Black
as a candidate for the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. On the
upper portions, the trail is a snarl of downfall and overhanging
branches, so carry an axe or bush saw to make some portages easier. In
some of the swampy sections, its easy to miss the main channel,
because rising water levels form oxbow lakes that resemble the main
throughway. Float time for
this portion of the Black River is approximately 10 hours.
A brochure on the entire Black River Water Trail by the
Sea Grant Consortium is available from the Georgetown Visitor Center.
Approximately 41 miles one way.
Mileage and GPS coordinates are approximate and for reference
0 - (GPS N 33.6672 W
79.8452) - Gilland Memorial - This is public ramp located at Gilland Park, just
west of Kingstree.
(GPS N 33.6614 W 79.8367) - Highway 52 Bridge - This is a public ramp on US 52 just west of
9 - (GPS N 33.5865 W
79.8182) - SC 377 Bridge - This is a portage landing on the southeast side of the bridge. From
Kingstree, drive south approximately 5.5 miles on SC 377.
21 - (GPS N 33.4897 W
79.5455) - Sim’s Reach Bridge - A dirt throw-in
landing. From Kingstree, drive south on SC 377 and turn left onto US
521. Drive approximately 10 miles on US 521 and turn left onto
Williamsburg County S-45-30. The bridge is approximately 1.5 miles. About
.5 mile from the bridge is a recreational area where you can camp.
30 - (GPS N 33. 5277 W
79.6167) - Cantley Landing - A dirt throw-in landing. From Kingstree, drive southeast on SC 527
for approximately 16 miles, and turn right onto Williamsburg County
S-45-688. The landing is at the end.
41 - (GPS N 33.4897 W
79.5455) - Pump House Landing - This is a public landing with a concrete ramp.
From Kingstree, drive southeast on SC 527 for approximately 21 miles,
and turn right onto SC 41. At the railroad tracks turn left onto
Williamsburg County S-45-303, then left onto Georgetown County
landing is at the end.
Primitive camping and fresh artesian well water available on Black
River (East) at Pine Tree Landing with more camping available at Pea
House Landing and Brown’s Ferry Landing. Contact Georgetown Chamber
of Commerce for additional information.
Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1776, Georgetown, SC
29442. Telephone: 800-777-7705. Or Georgetown County Visitor Center, 1001 Front
Street, Georgetown, SC 29440, Telephone: 843-546-8436.
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