Woods Bay State Park and Woods Bay Heritage Preserve

Woods Bay State Park and Woods Bay Heritage Preserve


Located in Florence, Clarendon, and Sumter counties, SC.

11020 Woods Bay Road
Olanta, SC 29114

803-659-4445

E-Mail: woodsbay@scprt.com

Official web site for Woods Bay State Park and Woods Bay Heritage Preserve


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Visit these two adjacent recreation areas to see and learn about the mysterious natural phenomena known as the Carolina Bays. Hiking trails and boardwalks lead you around the bay, where you will find plenty of interesting plants and animals. In addition, there is a nature center building with a number of displays and park rangers to assist you and to inform you. More than eighty bird species have been surveyed here.

Note that Woods Bay State Park was once known as the “Woods Bay State Natural Area”.


Features and Facilities

Public Restrooms

  • Yes

Dogs Allowed

  • Yes

Hours of Operation

  • 9:00a-6:00p

Admission or Parking Fee

  • Free

Other Fees

  • Canoe/Kayak rentals:
    • $14.00 per day
    • $7.00 for a half day

Facility Rental

  • Click here for information about renting picnic shelters.

How to Get There

  • Take I-95 to exit #141. Go east on SC #53 a short distance, then turn right and go south on SC #58 (Pudding Swamp Road). Turn left onto Woods Bay Road. The entrance will be on the right.


Latitude 33.95833, Longitude -79.99861

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