Over the River and Through the Woods

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While Myrtle Beach is well-known for its postcard-perfect coastline, there is a whole other world on the Grand Strand waiting for you to explore. Located just a few miles inland in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, within a 15-minute drive of The Strand Resort, you can find rivers, creeks and marshes that offer picturesque views of their own.

The Waccamaw River, the main river along the Grand Strand, is a natural blackwater river boasting scenic riverbanks lined with Spanish moss-covered cypress trees. Visiting this natural attraction is a peaceful yet exciting experience that you do not want to miss.

Myrtle Beach’s Black River Outdoors offers an array of tours of the Grand Strand’s unspoiled natural areas, including a guided kayak eco tour and a guided kayak fishing tour, as well as kayak and canoe rentals with delivery all along the Grand Strand. The tours range from two to six hours long and cover various backcountry areas. Depending on what you’re in the mood to see or do, you can kayak to take in the breathtaking views, learn and appreciate more about the local flora and fauna, or visit some historical sites. Tour destinations include the cypress swamp, the Huntington Beach salt marsh, Georgetown harbor and Sandy Island. There is also a full-moon tour offered, but these are not scheduled until a few days in advance. The price of these various tours ranges from $40 to $80, depending on the length of the tour chosen.           

The guided kayak fishing tour is a half-day trip (around 4 hours) through some of the area’s inlets and shallow creeks – with some spots only reachable by kayak. Your very experienced guide will be sure to take you to the hot spots where the big fish like to feed. Some of the fish you may see and catch include redfish, weakfish, mackerel, flounder, spot, croaker, speckled trout and many more. All of the gear you need will be provided, but if you prefer to use your own, just let the guides know when you make you're reservation. The fishing tours are $125 per person in small groups, or $150 for a private tour.

In addition to all the wonderful tours offered, you may decide that you just want to venture out on your own or with the family for a little while. Black River Outdoors also makes that possible for you, as well as super easy! You can rent kayaks or canoes for a daily rate of $30 to $45, or weekly for $100 to $150 – a deal that’s difficult to pass up!

Don’t miss out on this adventurous opportunity to see hidden parts of the Carolina coast and some of the Grand Strand’s best-kept secrets! Visit www.blackriveroutdoors.com to make your reservations now and make sure you get to experience some of the most scenic views in the Myrtle Beach area. The best part is, after a long day on the river or inlet, you can head back to The Strand and grab a bite to eat, take a dip in the pool or relax with a walk on the beach. Oh, and don't forget your camera.

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