The Black River, long considered a priceless ecological and cultural resource to the state of South Carolina, has emerged as a critically important asset for advancing economic progress, flood resilience, and community health in one of the most neglected regions of the state. The navigable portions of the Black River, stretching 125 miles exclusively within SC, is one of the most beautiful and under-utilized rivers in the state with the potential to offer residents and visitors a wilderness-quality experience along a coastal-plain river. This community-led vision encompasses a network of Parks stretching 70 miles along the Black River. The water trail and park network will create a unique experience for visitors and a unparalleled economic opportunity for the region. The wholistic conservation initiative along the Black River has obvious habitat connectivity, recreation and economic development opportunities. However, the secondary benefits for human resilience, including drinking water security and flood mitigation, are equally profound and important.