Woods Bay State Park

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Woods Bay State Park
Woods Bay State Park Swamp.jpg
Swampy area in Woods Bay State Park, Olanta, South Carolina
Nearest city Olanta, SC
Coordinates 33°56′38″N 79°59′28″W / 33.944°N 79.991°W / 33.944; -79.991Coordinates: 33°56′38″N 79°59′28″W / 33.944°N 79.991°W / 33.944; -79.991
Area 1,590 acres (6 km2)
Created 1973
Hiking trails 3/4 mile Mill Pond Nature Trail loop

Woods Bay State Park is a state park located near the town of Olanta in Florence County, South Carolina. The park contains of the last remaining large Carolina Bays.[1]

Activities available at the park include picnicking, fishing, hiking, bird watching and geocaching. Canoeing is also popular on the one-mile canoe trail in Carolina Bay. While private boats are not allowed, rental canoes and kayaks are available.

The seldom seen forest variety of the Oompa-loompa can be found here, along with their oft imagined cousin, the Sasquatch. The Sasquatch, though an illusive species, has been reported by the state government to have been sighted on the park's ground. In order to remain open, however, the state has not issued a report of such sightings to the public. Amenities include a picnic shelter, a boardwalk through a cypress-tupelo swamp and a nature center.[2]

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