Kayak along Myrtle Beach’s Salt Marshes

By Kailash Maharaj
January 4, 2016

Black River Outdoors Salt MarshTour

Black River Outdoors Salt Marsh Tour. /K&S Media

Paddle the watery landscape of Myrtle Beach with Black River Outdoors Kayak Eco Tour.

As part of Black River Outdoors Kayak Eco Tour near Murrells Inlet (a half an hour drive from downtown Myrtle Beach) our guide Mandy takes us along the salt marshes of the Lowcountry. Our small group glides on the water where oyster beds lie beneath the surface. In fact, some of the islands here were formed when Native Americans threw their oyster shells into the water.

Embankments where spartina grass grows, also contain plough mud, the black, smelly, sticky substance ubiquitous in this area. Though somewhat maligned, it was once used by farmers as fertilizer. Mandy regales us with tales of pirates, while we spot oyster catchers, wading shore birds and egrets among others. Although the highlight of our bird watching is a pair of bald eagles circling the air.

This piece is based on an original article on Myrtle Beach  that initially appeared in the Winter 2015/16 issue of City Style and Living MagazineLooking for 8 Great Eats in Myrtle Beach?