Great Pee Dee River Heritage Preserve/Wildlife Management Area

Property Location

Mechanicsville, SC 29540

Latitude: 34.367  Longitude:-79.757
Acreage: 2725
County: Darlington
Game Zone: 4

Property Type: Heritage Preserve / WMA Specific

Hours of Operation

Great Pee Dee River Heritage Preserve/Wildlife Management Area Temporarily Closed to Vehicular Access:
Beginning on or about 6 May 2019 the bridge over Hurricane Creek will be temporarily closed to all vehicular traffic. The SCDNR is replacing the old bridge to provide for safer public access, and to allow heavy equipment to cross the creek to repair and maintain the public access road to the Great Pee Dee River. Depending on weather conditions, the construction is expected to take five or more weeks. The department regrets any temporary inconvenience to members of the public.

Open during daylight hours for general visitation, and open all hours for scheduled raccoon and opossum hunting.

Activities / Facilities

Biking Fishing Hunting Nature Viewing Hiking Canoes

Property Description

Photograph of Great Pee Dee River HP

The 2,725-acre Great Pee Dee Heritage Preserve, owned and managed by the SC Department of Natural Resources, includes more than seven miles of river frontage and provides habitat for four state threatened species. The river is a boater's delight, while plant enthusiasts will find much on land to interest them. For more information concerning the Great Pee Dee Heritage Preserve see Johannes Kolb Archaeology & Education Project.

What to look for:
Follow the entrance road about 2.3 miles to reach the high bluffs overlooking the Great Pee Dee River. Along the way, look for some of the many wildflowers found in the area. Asters, lilies and orchids provide color during most seasons of the year. River otters and beavers live in the area, as do bobcats, gray foxes and more common mammals. You'll also see many wading birds, including four species of heron: yellow-crowned night, green, little blue and great blue. Wood ducks nest in the area, and, if you're alert, you may see a wild turkey. This is a great place for birds of prey like ospreys and red-tailed, red shouldered and broad winged hawks.

As you tour the site, stop to appreciate the beautiful cypress swamp and the river oxbows.

When to go:
Wildflowers appear in greatest abundance in the spring, as do migrating songbirds. Fall is also a good time to see migrating birds. The preserve is open during daylight hours, 7 days a week.