Going Beyond the Beach: Kayak Winyah Bay
Monday, December 17, 2012 2:00 AM by VisitMyrtleBeach SC
It may be December here in Myrtle Beach, but thanks to our mild weather, we were still able to get out and about this weekend without catching a chill. What did we do? Headed south to Georgetown, S.C., to check out Black River Outdoors Center's popular kayak tours. Admittedly, business is a little quieter for them this time of year, but we were more than happy to have a guide all to ourselves. Visitors to our shores have been raving about the area's kayak tours (and our many other water sports) for some time now, and now we know why.
The family-owned business offers two-, four-, and six-hour tours of Cypress/Tupelo Swamp, Huntington Beach State Park Salt Marsh, Jericho Creek, Sandy Island and more. They even offer guided kayak fishing trips for the super adventurous. We set out around 2 p.m. on a 6-hour trip through Winyah Bay to see the wreck of the U.S.S. Harvest Moon, the only Union flagship to be sunk during the Civil War. Our guide, Paul, was a wealth of Civil War-era historical information, including detailed accounts of how the war impacted the Low Country.
Black River Outdoors provided all the necessary gear, including a paddling jacket and spray skirt, to keep us warm and dry on the lengthy paddle, and allowed us to pack our own snacks for later in the day. We saw a number of beautiful birds (easily identified by our guide) along the paddle, and once we reached the site of the U.S.S Harvest Moon, even saw a group of dolphins! The fantastic combination of the scenic Winyah Bay, interesting wildlife, and local history made the kayak trip one we would definitely recommend. In fact, we're already planning to check out Black River Outdoors Center's Full Moon Tour of Murrells Inlet sometime soon. For more information, be sure to check them out online and on Facebook. They also offer kayak rentals with free delivery. Have you spent much time kayaking in the Myrtle Beach area? If so, we'd love to hear your favorite spots to explore!