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Woods Bay State Park

Woods Bay State Park

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The canoe trail at Woods Bay is subject to fluctuating water levels. At times the waters are too low for navigation. Please contact the park directly for current trail conditions.

Woods Bay State Park offers a close-up look at one of the last remaining large Carolina Bays on the Atlantic Coastal Plain. Experience the splendor and diversity of the cypress-tupelo swamp first-hand from the 1150-foot boardwalk, or paddle your way amidst towering trees on the 1-mile canoe trail.

Habitats at 1,590-acre Woods Bay also include marsh, sand hills, oak-hickory forest and a shrub bog. More than 75 species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians are found here, along with more than 150 species of birds, changing with the seasons.

Come see alligators from the boardwalk and hear the "cu-tuck, cu-tuck, cu-tuck" of carpenter frogs as their calls echo through the trees. Take a hike on the nature trail as it encircles the historic mill pond and imagine yourself back in the mid-19th century when water from the bay powered two wooden grist mills.

Visitors also enjoy fishing, wildlife-viewing, photography and picnicking at the park.

Carolina Bays, elliptical depressions of various size scattered along the mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain, are among the Earth’s natural mysteries. Come check out Woods Bay State Park and try to decide for yourself what created these intriguing natural wonders.


  • Tour and Programs Information: Woods Bay is a "DiscoverCarolina Site", which provides curriculum-based science education programs for South Carolina school children.


  • Admission: Free admission
  • Days and Hours of Operation: 9am-6pm, daily


  • Driving Directions: From I-95: Take exit 141 onto Hwy 53/58 Eastbound. Go S. on Hwy 58 toward Shiloh. Turn E. onto Woods Bay Rd. (Hwy 48). Travel approximately 4½ mi the park will be on the right.

    From Myrtle Beach & Conway: Take U.S. Hwy 378 West. After Lake City, exit right onto SC Hwy 341 North. Continue on 341 North through Olanta. Drive approximately 2 miles and then turn left onto Norwood Road (SC-S-43-150). At the stop sign turn right onto Woods Bay Road (Hwy 48), the park entrance will be on the left.

  • Counties: Florence, Sumter and Clarendon counties
  • Acreage: 1590
  • Miles to Nearest Hospital: 16
  • Miles to Nearest Town: 3


  • Charleston, SC: 90
  • Columbia, SC: 75
  • Florence, SC: 25
  • Greenville, SC: 175
  • Charlotte, NC: 134
  • Raleigh, NC: 163
  • Atlanta, GA: 280
  • Augusta, GA: 150


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Contact Information

11020 Woods Bay RD
Olanta,SC 29114
Phone: (843) 659-4445
Florence CountyOlanta