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Bamberg County lies in the southwestern part of South Carolina in the upper and middle Coastal Plain. The land is gently sloping to undulating and ranges in elevation from 100 to 270 feet above sea level. The higher areas are along the western boundary and the slope is gradual and to the southeast.
Many egg-shaped, swampy depressions called Carolina Bays extend from northeast to southwest in the central part of the county. The most well known, Cathedral Bay, formerly known as Chitty Pond near Olar, was acquired in July 1987 as a Heritage Preserve by the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department.
The climate in Bamberg County is favorable for many activities; extremes of temperature and rainfall are rare. Summers are fairly long and fairly hot. However, the mean temperature in July is only around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters are mild and the mean temperature in January is 48 degrees.
Bamberg County is next to the smallest county in area in South Carolina. It is bounded by the South Fork of the Edisto River on the north. The Edisto is the longest free-flowing blackwater river in the United States. The southern boundary of the county follows the Big Salkehatchie. The Little Salkehatchie also flows through the entire county.