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Francis Marion Wilderness Areas

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 04:45 PM

The Francis Marion National Forest's four wilderness areas were established in 1980 to protect, manage, and preserve natural conditions, keeping human influence to a minimum. All mechanized and motorized equipment is prohibited, with the exception of Wambaw Creek, where motorized boats are allowed. These areas provide outstanding opportunities for solitude and primitive recreational experiences such as canoeing, hunting, and fishing. Camping is permitted, but there are very few spots where camping is possible because of the wet, swampy nature of these areas. Campers must obtain a permit from either the Wambaw or Witherbee office before an outing.

Visitors will find scenic blackwater swamps highlighted by majestic bald cypress and water tupelo trees, teeming with wildlife from mystical barred owls to curious raccoons and flighty wood ducks.

# Hellhole Bay Wilderness Area: 2,125 acres.
# Little Wambaw Swamp Wilderness Area: 5,047 acres.
# Wambaw Creek Wilderness Area: 1,825 acres; 9-mile canoe trail.
# Wambaw Swamp Wilderness Area: 4,815 acres.

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