The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting on Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Woods Bay State Natural Area to discuss a grant application to the South Carolina State Trails Program. If awarded, the grant will fund the study, development and publication of a river trail guide for the Lynches Scenic River. The public is encouraged to attend and submit comments.
The meeting will be held at the Woods Bay State Natural Area Education Center at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, February 6th. The park is located at 11020 Woods Bay Road near Olanta. For more information contact Stuart Greeter at (803) 734-3918 or via email at GreeterS@DNR.SC.gov.
The goal of the Scenic Rivers program is the conservation of SC's river heritage through the proper management of the natural and cultural character of the state's river corridors. The approach to river corridor protection is through a voluntary cooperative community-based process, which allows landowners, community interests, and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to work together toward common river-conservation goals. The section of the Lynches River, running from Highway 15 in Lee County to Highway 52 in Florence County, has been designated a State Scenic River. A Lynches Scenic River Management Plan has been adopted to help conserve this portion of the river.
Along its winding course, the Lynches Scenic River passes through a varied landscape of pine uplands, farms, rural crossroads, and deep swamp forest. Special features include numerous small islands and sloughs, intermittent bluffs, bottomland hardwood wetlands, and artesian wells. The river corridor provides excellent habitat for fish such as redbreast and wildlife including river otters, white-tailed deer, and wood ducks.