Horry County High Point Trip Report

Date: February 17, 2002
Author: Ron Tagliapietra

We parked where Ken Oeser parked about 1.5 miles west of Bayboro on Joiner Swamp Road at the sign for the curve (beyond but within sight of the ball field and park). We entered the dry swamp as the Oesers did.

We found several small rises beyond the 500 foot level, but then at perhaps twice that distance we found a wide water-filled stream or trench. We could not see anything higher across it, but on the near side we found a series of 4 mounds, which increased in elevation from east to west. The highest rose abruptly about 4 feet from its base. This was the first one of the four that we found and it was fun to see that mound. If you take a few steps between this mound and the next one east, you will arrive at the stream, where a tree grew out over the trench that could be used as a base for a jump, but it would have been hard to get back.

We did not find the "small marker" left by Ken, and we did not try to retrace our path. We never had to crawl, but we did duck a few times. I agree with Ken that it really wasn't that bad for a Southern bushwhack and that there is no reason why the spot is not 120 feet. We are counting this one, too.