crowds , shopping, golf and heavy traffic.
However , if you are a paddler, you are close to paradise.
The Waccamaw River near North Myrtle is a beautiful little stream.
As you go south from there , it is joined by several creeks and the Pee Dee River to become the ICW.
The area behind Pawley’s Island is maritime forest laced with creeks and canals. With just a little paddling, you can feel like you have gone way back in time.
You are surrounded by forest with no dry spots to be found.
If you are lucky, you may see an alligator, a snake or 2 , and rarely , a bobcat.
There are Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, owls that are sometimes heard but seldom seen, and many songbirds. A swallow tail kite sometimes makes an appearance .
On the ocean side of the island , there are acres of salt water marsh with even more things to see.
Don’t forget the sunscreen and Deet.
Huntington Beach State Park encompasses much of this area and has beautiful beach front.
Can’t bring a kayak? Black River Outfitters does tours of all this and are nice people.
I am not associated with them at all except to say hi in passing. A few years ago, unknown to me, I was talking to one of their guides while standing on the dock at the Wacca Weeki public ramp. She was the only person I had ever met who knew what a rainbow snake is. I wouldn’t know except I stepped on ones head in the Edisto .
A great place to visit, or live if you can afford it.