The Black River is free-flowing through undisturbed swamp forest. Low water levels provide white sandbars amid the inky black water which is produced by tannins leaching from leaves. The undeveloped land provides a home for endangered species such as the herb American chaffseed and the raptor swallow-tailed kite. There are several access points in Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties, including the naturally beautiful Gilland Memorial Park in Kingstree.
Gilland Memorial Park is open daily, dawn to dusk. It features a one lane boat ramp, picnic shelter, playground, and paved parking for vehicle/trailers.