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Francis Marion National Forest - Coastal Plains

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By Charles Peterson (115 McR Points) on Jul 08, 2016

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Charles Peterson
115 McR Points
July 10, 2016
CORRECTION-- The turn onto Guerrins Bridge Roar…
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Written Directions

From SC-17 north at Awendaw, South Carolina, turn left (west) onto Guerrins Bridge Road for 8-miles. Turn right (north) onto Halfway Creek Road for 22-miles. Turn right (east) onto SC-45 for 15-miles to McClellanville.

Scenery

After a mile or two of a few secluded homes, Guerrins Bridge Rd. becomes typical low country scenery with several tranquil tidal creeks and beautiful estuaries where Great Blue Herons and other waterfowl reside. Halfway Creek Rd., on slightly higher ground, cuts through the heart of Francis Marion National Forest's southern pines. The forest includes: various ground cover plants-- among them Venus's-flytrap and Jack-in-the-pulpit; and, many varieties of seldom-visible wildlife. South Carolina's Rte. #45 traverses both low country and higher ground with occasional homes along the way. This road is also scenic but in a different manner with hardwood trees and a few Spanish moss covered Live Oaks.

Drive Enjoyment

Guerrins Bridge Rd. is flat with several level bridges over the creeks. However, the road has ninety-degree turns posted with 15 mph caution signs. These sharp curves are not cambered and warnings need to be heeded. Halfway Creek Rd., but for one-or-two gentle curves, is straight and flat. Road SC-45 is a mix of flat, sweeping curves and a few sharper curves posted with cautionary signage. The road is more frequently traveled in contrast to the Guerrins Bridge and Halfway Creek roads.

Tourism Opportunities

There are few amenities most of the way except for the National Forest's hiking trails, camping and gun range. McClellanville is a charming, intimate fishing community adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway. Local folks visit the TW Graham & Company Restaurant (www.twgrahamcoseafood.webs.com) for good, inexpensive food in a pleasant, homey atmosphere. Be sure to see McClellanville's shrimp boats and quaint commercial fishing docks @ Intracoastal Waterway southeast of town. Fuel is available @ intersection of SC-45 and SC-17.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

A few fuel venues, modest eateries and local country churches can be found on SC-17.

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Francis Marion National Forest - Coastal Plains
Francis Marion National Forest - Coastal Plains
Francis Marion National Forest - Coastal Plains
Francis Marion National Forest - Coastal Plains
Francis Marion National Forest - Coastal Plains
Francis Marion National Forest - Coastal Plains
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Charles Peterson
July 10, 2016
115 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Other
CORRECTION-- The turn onto Guerrins Bridge Roar is 8-miles north of SC-41 on US-17 and is not at Awendaw.
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