Lowcountry Paddle Adventures
From salt marshes and black water rivers to murky cypress swamps, kayaking the Lowcountry is as unique of an experience as the region itself. There is something utterly seductive about paddling the Lowcountry waters. They are filled with the history of pioneers, colonials, Civil War veterans, African slaves, and Native Americans. It is not unusual to find 12 million year old shark teeth, ancient Indian pottery shards, and other historical artifacts that the waters constantly churn up. The waters are also teeming with wildlife from herons, egrets, and bald eagles, to dolphins, alligators and countless species of fish. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned paddler, a little preparedness will prove beneficial when navigating the Coastal Empire’s diverse waterways. Here are three of our top suggestions for Lowcountry kayak adventures.
Go ashore and explore! Paddling Tybee Island means you will have lots of opportunities to get up close and personal with both nature and history. Explore Lazaretto Creek where hundreds of incoming African slaves were quarantined to die from disease. Explore Little Tybee, an uninhabited barrier island, or climb to the top of the Cockspur Island Lighthouse and take in the view of nearby Fort Pulaski. Paddle up to the end of Mc Queen’s Rails to Trails and enjoy a picnic lunch in the woods decorated by visitors who explore the area. Be sure to hunt along the shorelines for ancient artifacts and fossils! For an overnight adventure, pitch a tent on Little Tybee and camp under the stars for a genuine Lowcountry night.
Choose your gear. From traditional sea kayaks and sit-on-top boats to popular stand-up paddle boards, there are plenty of options when paddling Tybee. Choose what you are most comfortable with and what best suits your purpose. While a traditional kayak may be most suitable for hitting the surf, the angler will appreciate a sit-on-top version for its easy access and gear storage. For the full article subscribe now!
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