Historic Georgetown South Carolina and Georgetown County are in a special place. It is unique in that it has 5 major rivers converging into the Winyah Bay adjacent to North Inlet, a National Estuarine Research Reserve with some of the most pristine salt water on the east coast.
The coast line is protected from development forever with 18,000 acres on Hobcaw Barony that was donated to the state for education and research uses. This was given by the Baruch family and provides protection around North Inlet and Winyah Bay. Tom Yawkee, former owner of the Boston Red Sox, left the state of South Carolina, North Island, South Island, and a portion of Cat Island, 20,000 acres, to remain wildlife refuges and he funded a foundation to provide for it.
The nature conservancy has easements on most of the rest of Cat Island. Further south, the Santee Coastal Reserve, formerly The Santee Club-a hunting club for the wealthy industry titans-was donated to the state. The southern end of the Santee Coast Reserve joins up with the Cape Romaine National Wildlife Refuge which has Capers Island Heritage Preserve as the last bookend. This comprises more than 50 miles of coastline protected from development forever, providing a wildlife and marine ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the east coast.
Heading up Winyah Bay and into the five major rivers, Waccamaw, Little Pee Dee, Big Pee Dee, Black and Sampit Rivers, are 123,000 acres of forested wetlands, and 23,000 acres of tidal freshwater marshes.