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Brimming with beauty and history along South Carolina's Atlantic Coast, Georgetown County and its charming communities offer you the perfect escape for fun and relaxation. Come, explore our pristine beaches, picturesque waterways and marshes, fascinating marine wildlife, world-class golfing, historic places, intimate dining, quaint shops and memorable family activities. Just a short distance from other bustling vacation destinations, Georgetown County remains a quiet oasis of natural beauty, preserved history and an easy, relaxed way of life.
Georgetown County has several rivers, including the Great Pee Dee River, the Waccamaw River, Black River, and Sampit River, all of which flow into Winyah Bay. The Santee River, which forms the southern boundary of the county, empties directly into the Atlantic. The Intracoastal Waterway crosses the county and Winyah Bay. The rivers and the bay have had a decisive effect on human development of the area, especially as the city of Georgetown has an excellent seaport and harbor.
The University of South Carolina and Clemson University maintain the Belle W. Baruch research site at Hobcaw Barony on Waccamaw Neck. The islands around the outlet of Winyah Bay are designated as the "Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center Heritage Preserve". This area is home to the northernmost naturally occurring hammocks of South Carolina's signature sabal palmetto tree. Brookgreen Gardens, with a nature center and many outdoor sculptures, is a popular tourist spot.
The riverfronts have had little recent development. Such properties were once used for rice plantations. After the Civil War, the plantations gradually ceased production. Today they are primarily wild areas, accessible only by boat. In some areas, the earthworks, such as dikes and water gates used for rice culture, still exist, as well as a few of the plantation houses. Litchfield Plantation has been redeveloped as a country inn; other properties have been developed as planned residential communities. Great blue herons, alligators, and an occasional bald eagle can be seen along the waterways. Fishing is a popular activity.