Sparkleberry Swamp info?

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I'm spending the winter planning trips, I'm thinking I can get more days out if I head South and I'm very curious about Sparkleberry Swamp...

Is it big enough / diverse enough to do a 7-10 day loop? Can you camp in it? (if so... Dispersed, minimum impact or designated sites?), are tents advisable or are hammocks more entertaining for the gators?

Finally, (the holy grail?) are maps available? I've heard there are none and I've heard that only hand drawn ones exist (possibly drawn by Lucius Clay and buried in mason jars?). I know some on here have been there but there are not a lot of details...
 
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Yep me to. I was conversing with Will Derness about Sparkleberry. It's only a 5 hour drive for me to get there. I've never been in a swamp. I may go there toward the end of March when my wife is on spring break. She's interested also.
 
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Haven't been, but used to live nearby. I've never heard of anyone tripping there, and I think it is too small to support a 7-10 day loop by a long shot. No amenities that I've ever heard of either. I would try messaging the Palmetto Paddlers on their Meetup page (https://www.meetup.com/PalmettoPaddlersSC/) or their facebook page for first hand info. PaddleSC may also have info. Personally, I'd look at one of several Blue Trails in SC as an alternative, particularly the Waccamaw, which actually starts in NC. http://www.bluetrailsguide.org/
 
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Clemency: Thanks. It doesn't look like it would be big enough to do the kind of loop I was hoping for but looks like I could spend 3-5 days there by launching out of Columbia, going down the Congaree and then up Cedar Creek. If I can get more specifics, I'll post them here.

Roybrew: Maps appear to be available from Congaree National Park for about $10. I've sent an email attempting to verify... I'll let you know.
 
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Thank you. I asked the woman if she wanted to go. She's interested, but we'll be doing some day paddling. Camp at a camp ground a couple of nights. I'd would love to do a 3 or 4 day loop, but she's not into that. Sounds like fun.
Thanks for information Gamma 1214.
 
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I have paddled
Sparkleberry about two years ago. Not really campable as a lot is wet or private (posted) dry land. Good stste park nearby to do day trip. No good maps, other than the topo and downloading google earth photos. Bring a gps. Water levels can vary greatly. Saw some big gators.
 
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I have paddled
Sparkleberry about two years ago. Not really campable as a lot is wet or private (posted) dry land. Good stste park nearby to do day trip. No good maps, other than the topo and downloading google earth photos. Bring a gps. Water levels can vary greatly. Saw some big gators.
Its been longer than that for me. IIRC ( and I probably don't) are there some painted blazes on trees for a sort of a paddling trail?
 
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The locals have put up some driveway reflector disks on some of the trees to mark channels and passages. Not sure I would call it a trail.
 
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