Where to Paddle in South Carolina? Paddling the Edisto River...

12' Gotcha by JB Boards

12' Gotcha by JB Boards

There are several options for paddleboarding in and around the Low Country...but one river in particular contains not only beautiful scenery and wildlife, but also history.

The Edisto River headwaters begin up around Saluda and Edgefield counties with 2 separate rivers, North & South Fork.  The North Fork runs through Orangeburg, SC and meanders through the state until connecting with the South Fork just west of I-95.  The river continues all the way to the ACE Basin, which is the confluence of the Ashepoo and Combahee Rivers until  reaching the Atlantic Ocean.

We put in at the Colleton River State Park and paddled Park to Park, a 23 mile paddle, to the Givhans Ferry State Park.  This was an overnight trip as we paddled approximately half the first day.  Keep an eye out for the one and only bridge, this is about 1/3 of the way...we camped just a mile or 2 past this bridge.

Friendly locals and riverlifers greeted us whenever there were signs of civilization.  Loads of birds and other critters were keeping the river and forest alive with song. All told this was very peaceful paddle, downstream and with the wind...a stand up paddleboarder's cruise control.

I would recommend this overnight trip to anyone wanting to unplug and get away from the hustle bustle of everyday life.  If you're a local (South Carolinian), you will see parts of your state you didn't know existed...and you didn't even leave the state!  If you're a naturalist, this is a home run...so much to take in...you may want to start higher up the river and paddle all the way to the Atlantic.  

Next up, The Ashepoo and Combahee Rivers...stay tuned!