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Woods Bay State Park
Copyright: - South Carolina Dept of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Woods Bay State Park
Description - Woods Bay features a geologic formation known as a Carolina Bay. The origin of this elliptical depression is as mysterious and unique as the wildlife found in its swampy habitat. Most Carolina Bays are found in the coastal plains of the Carolinas. Woods Bay offers a variety of natural habitats in which many species of wildlife can be found. Visitors to this 1,541-acre state park can enjoy a boardwalk and a canoe trail extending into the bay and a trail around the mill pond.

Woods Bay offers a nature center which is handicapped accessible. The Mill Pond Nature Trail is an easy 3/4 mile loop. The Carolina Bay Boardwalk is an easy 500 feet one-way. The canoe trail goes for one mile. Canoes can be rented at the park. Visitors enjoy fishing off the boardwalk into a Carolina Bay. One picnic shelters is available free on a first-come, first-served basis or can be reserved for a fee.

Recreation - Woods Bay offers opportunities for hiking, canoeing, viewing nature, viewing interpretive sites, and picnicking.

Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

Location - Woods Bay State Park is located in eastern South Carolina, east of Sumter. The park sits off I-95 (exit 146) and US Highway 301, 3 miles west of Olanta.

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Filed By: Bryan Baxley (Florence, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I was very pleased with my visit to Woods Bay State Park. The scenery is beautiful, especially on the boardwalk into the bay. The bathhouse and picnic facilites were clean and the grounds were well kept.

Filed By: Sara Harding (Florence, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We walked the trail through Woods Bay Park with our 6 month-old Labrador Retriever puppy. The trail is very easy to follow and walk, and the scenery is really nice. I am sure that a good insect repellant would be a necessity later in the season, though. The restrooms at the information area were clean, and the picnic shelter is also in good condition. There is also water available outside, which is very handy if you are traveling with pets. It was a very pleasant way to spend part of a spring Sunday afternoon.

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Contact Information:
Woods Bay, 11020 Woods Bay Rd. , Olanta, SC, 23114, Phone: 843-659-4445

Additional Information:
Lowcountry Region - The Lowcountry Region of South Carolina includes the Atlantic coast and the coastal plain. It covers the area south and east from Sumter.
South Carolina State Parks - The South Carolina State Parks stretch from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic coast. They offer a huge variety of sites and possible recreation activities.

South Carolina Tourism - Official website of South Carolina Tourism


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