It was a familiar place that William Walker returned to in the summer of 2012-back from a writing career in Europe to his boyhood home in Eastern South Carolina and to the Little Pee Dee, a legendary river celebrated from the time of Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. He had made a promise to his dying cousin Ben to paddle the rivers of their youth and he meant to keep his word. When he could find no book to guide the 109-mile journey, Walker wrote one. Down The Little Pee Dee Paddling South Carolina’s Legendary Blackwater River records the events of the trip made by the author and his friend and cousin, naturalist L.L. Gaddy.
William S. Walker is a South Carolina-born author with a lifelong interest in the state’s Pee Dee region and Revolutionary War leader Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. Walker, from Nichols in Marion County, worked as a reporter and editor in the United States and Europe for more than four decades and has written and edited for newspapers on assignments in over 50 countries.
Paddling the Little Pee Dee River in eastern South Carolina ranks as one of the most memorable water adventures in the South.