Conway Riverwalk

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Conway Riverwalk

Explore rustic wooden buildings, marinas, picnic areas and playgrounds during a stroll along this pretty boardwalk, adjacent to the majestic Waccamaw River.

The wooden Waccamaw Riverwalk connects the historic town of Conway to the meandering 140-mile (225-kilometer) Waccamaw River. The river starts inland of Myrtle Beach and drains into the Atlantic Ocean near Georgetown.

An unusual feature of the river is that the water appears black. Blackwater rivers, which are usually slow-moving and found around the swamplands of the southern U.S., are stained by the decaying plant matter in the water.

Look up as you make your way alongside the river: the Riverwalk sits under an impressive canopy of cypress and live oak trees, draped in silvery Spanish moss. These trees are home to native bird life, including the pileated woodpecker. Keep watch for other birds such as ospreys, kingfishers and hawks. In and around the water you may also see alligators, otters, beavers, bobcats and deer.

The surrounding wetlands are thick with vegetation, which is particularly beautiful in autumn when the leaf colors change. There are several rustic wooden buildings to admire as you stroll along the boardwalk. At the Waccamaw River Memorial Bridge, take some architectural photographs of this impressive structure dedicated to the Horry County citizens who are war veterans. Visit the colorful arboretum, showcasing plants native to the region, before ending your walk at a park with a playground, restrooms and plenty of spots to picnic and enjoy the views.

Cyclists and joggers alike are plentiful along the Riverwalk. For a different perspective of the area, try a tour on the water. Conway Kayak Tours, located in downtown Conway, offer guided tours of the Waccamaw that include facts about the river's history and natural wonders. Confident paddlers can take kayaks out for solo journeys.

The Riverwalk is centered around Conway, an 18th-century town 15 miles (24 kilometers) inland of Myrtle Beach. Once your Riverwalk journey is complete, venture into town for lunch and some exploring. Much of the area is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The town features mostly small brick buildings, some dating back to the early 1820s.

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Top Hotels Close to Conway Riverwalk

The Cypress Inn Bed & Breakfast
The Cypress Inn Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
16 Elm Street, Conway, SC
The price is $170 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Conway Riverwalk and within 6 mi (10 km) of Coastal Carolina University and HTC Center. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (45 reviews)
"Beautiful , well cared for and so welcoming!"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

The Cypress Inn Bed & Breakfast
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Conway, SC
Situated in Conway, this historic vacation home is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Conway Riverwalk and within 6 mi (10 km) of Coastal Carolina University and HTC Center. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (8 reviews)
Perfect place for the price
"This place is the perfect definition of getting the most bang for your buck. Very cozy and easy to access."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

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South House- Beach, Golf and Relaxation
South House- Beach, Golf and Relaxation
Conway, SC
This family-friendly Conway vacation home is located on the waterfront, 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Conway Riverwalk, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Coastal Carolina University ...
5/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Awesome house for the price
"This is a beautiful older house with really nice updates throughout. Would recommend for anyone looking for a nice relaxing get away."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

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South House- Beach, Golf and Relaxation
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Econo Lodge Conway
Econo Lodge Conway
2 out of 5
1101 Church Street Hwy 501, Conway, SC
The price is $40 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Econo Lodge Conway
The Cypress Inn Bed & Breakfast
The Cypress Inn Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
16 Elm Street, Conway, SC
The price is $170 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
The Cypress Inn Bed & Breakfast
Entire house
Entire house
Conway, SC
Entire house
South House- Beach, Golf and Relaxation
South House- Beach, Golf and Relaxation
Conway, SC
South House- Beach, Golf and Relaxation
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Conway
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Conway
2.5 out of 5
1004 Waccamaw Drive, Conway, SC
The price is $53 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Conway
Econo Lodge at the University
Econo Lodge at the University
2 out of 5
2376 Highway 501 E, Building B, Conway, SC
The price is $46 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Econo Lodge at the University
Wild Horse Retreat at Laurel Oaks Estate
Wild Horse Retreat at Laurel Oaks Estate
Conway, SC
The price is $89 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
Wild Horse Retreat at Laurel Oaks Estate
Comfort Suites
Comfort Suites
2.5 out of 5
2480 Highway 501 E, Conway, SC
The price is $80 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 16
Comfort Suites
Big Bear Tent at Laurel Oaks Estate
Big Bear Tent at Laurel Oaks Estate
Conway, SC
The price is $59 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 1
Big Bear Tent at Laurel Oaks Estate
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