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HOURS

9 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily

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ADMISSION

Free admission

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PETS

Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.

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BY THE NUMBERS

1 Carolina bay, an elliptical depression of unknown origin

1 mile kayak trail which takes paddlers past the Carolina bays

1150 foot boardwalk through a cypress-tupelo swamp

1 picnic shelter that accommodates up to 50 people, that is available for rent

81 bird species that have been seen and reported within the boundaries of the park

0.75 mile loop trail, the Mill Pond Nature Trail

1590 acres of parkland in the coastal plains region of South Carolina

Woods Bay State Park

Midlands

History & Interpretation

  • Nature Center: Besides being the home of Tex, Woods Bay’s 14-ft American Alligator exhibit, the Nature Center provides free information about the park, as well as offers an educational area for school programs and lectures. Due to limited staff, the Nature Center is open limited hours during the day.

  • Archaeology: Historic structures that were present at Woods Bay State Park include two grist mills and a cotton gin. The last mill structure’s brick foundation was present at the purchase of the park in 1973 and can still be seen today. The site of the cotton gin was next to the mill and powered by the same water wheel on the southeast end of the millpond.

  • When & How PRT Acquired: Purchased in 1973 from various owners