Woods Bay State Park offers a close-up look at one of the last remaining large Carolina Bays on the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain. The 1,590-acre park, located in the coastal plains region, features a wide range of habitats including marsh, sandhills, oak-hickory forest and shrub bog. Enjoy a 20 minute “country roads” drive to reach this peaceful destination outside of Lake City, South Carolina.
By visiting Woods Bay State Park, you are experiencing a mysterious natural phenomenon known as the Carolina Bays, which are elliptical depressions of unknown origin. These are some of the largest remaining Carolina Bays on the Atlantic Seaboard.
The park provides visitors an opportunity to experience nature at its best. This unique natural environment provides a diverse ecosystem for a variety of endangered animals and plants. Over eighty bird species have been sighted in the park making Woods Bay State Park a bird watcher’s paradise.
There are several way to experience Woods Bay State Park. Visitors can hike the nature trails and stroll the 1,150-foot boardwalk that lead you around the bay or by canoeing the one-mile canoe trail. The park provides rental canoes and kayaks, private boats are not allowed.
In addition to hiking and canoeing, there is a nature center building with many displays with available park rangers to assist you during normal park hours. Next to the nature center building is a picnic shelter for guests to enjoy.
Woods Bay State Park
1020 Woods Bay Road
Olanta, SC 29114