Black River – Kingstree, South Carolina
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Snow blankets the banks of the Black River in this photo taken Kingstree in January of 2014. The 150-mile-long river begins in Lee County just south of the county seat of Bishopville and winds through the coastal plain. It courses through Sumter, Clarendon, and Williamsburg counties before merging with the Great Dee Dee River in Georgetown County.
Called the Wee Nee by the Native Americans who once inhabited the area, the blackwater river is stained from the tannins leached from the leaf debris of surrounding trees. Its waters are the perfect place for observing wildlife such as the swallow-tailed kite, and its undeveloped environs provide desirable habitat for threatened and endangered plants and animals.
In 2001 a 75-mile stretch of the river from Clarendon County through Georgetown County was named a State Scenic River by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The Black River is the longest State Scenic River in South Carolina. The designation encourages the state, community, and private landholders to work together to ensure the protection and conservation of South Carolina’s rivers.
Reflections on the Black River
She goes on to describe the scene for the bottom photo, taken in early June of 2015: “This is what happens to the river here when we don’t have a lot of rain. People were walking across it with the water coming only to their ankles.”
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Address: 698 Singleton Avenue, Kingstree, SC 29556
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