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Firewood Alert: Because of the seriousness of a potential infestation from the Emerald Ash Borer, we are requesting that no firewood be brought into South Carolina State Parks from outside of the state.

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a destructive invasive exotic beetle that feeds on ash trees. Park campgrounds and picnic areas are the most likely areas for EAB introduction into South Carolina. We appreciate your help in protecting the natural resources of South Carolina and our State Park System.


Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sat Jul 02 2016   Later Dates
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Woods Bay State Natural Area offers a close-up look at the unique geology of the Carolina bays of the Atlantic coastal plain, along with the mystery and diverse ecology of a southern cypress-tupelo. Visitors enjoy canoeing, fishing, walking, hiking and photography on the 500-foot boardwalk, canoe trail and nature trail.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Aquarium Display
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fishing
  • Geological Formations
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Display
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Kiosk
  • Maintenance, Facility
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Study
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Programs, Nature
  • Ranger Station
  • Rentals, Boats, Canoe
  • Restrooms
  • Shelters
  • Trails, Hiking/Walking, Easy
  • Viewing Platform/Overlk
  • Walking
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 5 Miles
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Churches
  • Emergency Services
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Grocery Store
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Newspapers
  • Recycling Station
  • Seasonal Festivals
Greater Than 20 Miles
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Mall/Stores/Specialty Shops
  • Shopping
Alerts and Important Information
Woods Bay is a day-use park set in a unique natural environment. Please be aware of the fragile ecosystem. Bug repellant is recommended during summer months.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
33.95083, -79.97722
33°57'3"N, 79°58'38"W

Woods Bay State Natural Area is located off I-95 and Hwy 53/58, 3 miles west of Olanta.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

11020 Woods Bay Road
Olanta  SC  29114

Phone Number:

Information:  (843)659-4445