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Woods Bay State Park, Olanta

#59 of 74 in Nature in South Carolina
Must see · State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Woods Bay State Park is a state park located near the town of Olanta in Florence County, South Carolina. The park contains some of the last remaining large Carolina Bays.
Activities available at the park include picnicking, fishing, hiking, bird watching and geocaching. Canoeing is also popular on the one-mile canoe trail in the Carolina Bay. While private boats are not allowed, rental canoes and kayaks are available.

Amenities include a picnic shelter, a boardwalk through a cypress-tupelo swamp and a nature center.
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  • This park is in the middle of nowhere and is very small. The boardwalk was our favorite part. We saw a water snake, a cottonmouth and an alligator. The nature trail is good if you want to stretch...  more »
  • This is a small park, but packs a punch of being neat. It had been a number of years since I've been. Love the boardwalk. The stillness allows you to hear the creatures so much. The Carpenter Frogs...  more »
  • Great state park in South Carolina. There is an amazing little boardwalk through the swamp that gives the effect of just walking on water. This park is dog friendly but I would suggest keeping a good eye on pets and children because there are no railings on the boardwalk and there are alligators in the water. There are also some really enjoyable hiking trials and a great little picnic area here.
  • Trail was nice, boardwalk over swamp. Look up history. Thinking it’s a impact crater. 1 million mosquitoes. And saw a few gators. Even babies.

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