Awendaw Creek Canoe Trail

This brackish water creek travels inland through saltmarsh carrying paddlers under Hwy. 17 and through the forest. Depending on the water level, the creek diminishes in the cypress/tupelo swamp near Steed Creek Road. Traveling oceanward, Awendaw Creek meanders through saltmarsh and oysterbanks. Views of bluffs covered with live oak and palmetto trees give way to vistas of open water and red cedar-covered dredge islands of the Intracoastal Waterway.  The creek provides access to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, its barrier islands and great shorebirding opportunities. Paddlers can spot a rich variety of wildlife such as dolphins, blue herons, fiddler crabs, pelicans and oystercatchers. Paddling north on the Intracoastal Waterway, the trail ends at Buck Hall Recreation Area, with a take out at the boat ramp.

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At a Glance

Fees: Parking is free at the Awendaw Canoe Launch parking area, a $7 parking fee applies at Buck Hall.
Open Season: All year
Best Season: Fall, winter, spring
Restrictions: During temperate months, be prepared for biting insects and high temperatures. Be aware of big-game hunting seasons, and wear highly visible clothing.

General Information


To access from Buck Hall Recreation Area, from Charleston, take US Highway 17 North to Buck Hall Landing Road (FS 242). Turn right to the recreation area. Buck Hall is about 30 miles north of Charleston.To access from from Awendaw Canoe Launch Trailhead, from Charleston, take US Highway 17 North to Rosa Green Road. Turn right on Rosa Green Road. The trailhead is on the left where the paved road ends.


River and Stream Fishing

Boating - Non-Motorized

Type of Craft Canoe
Difficulty Level: Easy

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
7 miles