South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Little Pee Dee State Park Bay Heritage Preserve
Property LocationDillon, SC 29536
Latitude: 34.3208 Longitude:-79.2961
Property Type: Heritage Preserve - Natural
NO Hunting Allowed on Property
Hours of Operation
This area is open during daylight hours year-round.
Activities / Facilities
The Heritage Trust Program acquired 301 acres, immediately adjacent to the north end of Little Pee Dee State Park in Dillon County, to protect this undisturbed Carolina bay. It is managed by SCPRT, but there are no access facilities or trails at the bay.
The property contains a medium-sized Carolina bay on the edge of the floodplain of the Little Pee Dee River. It is dominated by a bay forest containing loblolly bay, sweet bay, pond pine and red maple. This canopy is tallest in the center of the bay. At its edges, these plant species are often shorter and some are present as shrubs. Characteristic shrubs include fetter bush, bayberry and honeycup. Bamboo vine is also abundant. The sand rim occurs on the southeast and eastern edges of the bay and supports xeric vegetation and pocosin. A bottomland swamp adjoins the river.
Little Pee Dee State Park comprises 835 acres and includes a campground, natural trail and picnic area. The park's 54-acre Lake Norton offers fishing opportunities for visitors. For more information on State Parks, visit the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism website.