Ride the tides on this trip down Whale Branch and circumnavigate Goat Island and Cotton Island. Paddle through classic low-country landscapes. Stop halfway at the beach on Goat Island, which gives you a front-row view of the Broad River.
An old railroad bed and bridge has been re-purposed for a pier. Canoe and kayaks can launch off the side of the old rail bed.
An alternate landing for this trip is Gray's Hill Landing, a county maintained boat ramp. This access makes the trip shorter by 3 miles.
This trip should be run around low tide. If you launch at about 2 hours before low tide, you can ride the falling tide out, and return with the rising tide as you head back to the launch site. Add approximately 30 minutes to the Beaufort tidal gage to approximate the tide at this location.
Goat Island has a small beach that makes for a good resting point. Please stay below the high tide line, as this island is privately owned.