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Santee Cooper Region
Woods Bay State Park
WOODS BAY STATE PARK
WOODS BAY STATE PARK
11020 Woods Bay RD
Olanta, South Carolina   29114

Phone: 843-659-4445
Reservations: 843-659-4445
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Woods Bay State Natural Area offers a close-up look at the unique geology of the Carolina bays of the Atlantic coastal plain, along with the mystery and diverse ecology of a southern cypress-tupelo swamp.

Habitats at 1,540-acre Woods Bay also include marsh, sand hills, oak-hickory forest and a shrub bog. More than 75 species of mammals, reptiles and amphibians are found here, along with more than 150 species of birds, changing with the seasons.

Visitors enjoy canoeing, fishing, walking, hiking and photography on the 500-foot boardwalk, canoe trail and nature trail.

Woods Bay was registered as a Heritage Trust Site in 1981 for its outstanding example of a Carolina bay.

Nature of the Area
Located throughout the Atlantic coastal plain, most Carolina Bays are found in South Carolina, North Carolina aand Georgia.

The bays themselves are elliptical depressions of unknown origin. Oriented in a northwest-southeast direction, Carolina Bays range in size from less than an acre to several thousand acres or more.

A sand rim is characteristically associated with these features and is most visible along the southeastern edge. Several theories exist about their formation.

The most popular include sea or underground springs, meteorites or tidal eddies.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
WinterActivitiesyes
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Picnicking
A picnic shelter may be reserved for $25-32/day.

If the shelter is not reserved, guests may use it on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge.

To make a picnic shelter reservation, call toll-free 1-866-345-PARK.

On February 23 you'll also be able to make reservations through this website.
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Driving Directions: Off I-95 (exit 146) and US 301, 3 miles west of Olanta.

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South Carolina
Santee Cooper Region
Woods Bay State Park
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