The Great Pee Dee is large and wild. It is a Coastal Plain river that offers diverse scenery along winding water trails lined by swamps, bottomland forests, coastal marsh, and historic structures. The river floodplain and adjacent uplands contain large acreages of wild and undeveloped forestland, wetlands, and open waters that provide excellent habitat for a variety of wildlife species. The free-flowing, unaltered river system in South Carolina is an important habitat for resident and migratory fish species. These natural conditions of the Pee Dee River provide recreational boating and fishing opportunities and many other nature-based recreations that are valued by the public.
While the North Carolina sections of the Pee Dee are dammed, the free-flowing, unaltered river system in South Carolina is an important habitat for resident and migratory fish species. In 2002, the lower 70-mile segment of the Great Pee Dee was designated a State Scenic River. This designation extends from the US Highway 378 Bridge crossing between Florence and Marion Counties to the US Highway 17 Bridge at Winyah Bay in Georgetown County. Recognition has also been given to the historic and recreational values of the Great Pee Dee and Lynches River where a 66-mile section is designated The Revolutionary Rivers National Recreation Trail of South Carolina.