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Native's Thoughts

Scenery and wildlife are def the draw here. "Everyone should see at least once!" type of aforementioned. Beware of a few things: Rainy periods can cause flooding on the boardwalk so call ahead. This is a large southeastern swamp. Many bugs and crawlers love this land so be prepared/ willing to share. Also take note of camping accessibility. Wilderness as well as wussie sites are available. Wilderness and against the grain backpackers will cope with lack of solid ground, no dry timber for fire (as well as fed rules forbidding campfires), easy disorientation , copious amounts of insect friends, and constant humidity discomfort. If you are as determined as I forget the previous statements. Great park. Easily accessible. And for sure one of the most remote places to visit in SC.

Great Day Trip

The big rock is by far the main attraction but don't bypass the caves and rock mounds close by. Most are off trail but not such to disorientate the habitual hiker. More daring folk can follow the trail (upstream) to just past the footbridge over the swamp. From the end of that bridge upstream (off trail) they will find a decommissioned highway bridge over Flat Creek that used to be the main thoroughfare for highway 601. Be aware graffiti and trash are obvious issues and pack out+ always.