Aiken State Park Canoe
In Aiken State Natural Area, the South Fork Edisto River meanders for an easy
1.7 miles between two canoe landings. It’s an opportunity
to make a shorter excursion on a river that usually takes days.
The surrounding land in Aiken State Natural Area is a combination of river
swamp and dry sandhills, with the latter area offering evidence of an
era when the ocean pushed this far inland. The park is extremely
popular among fisherman and campers because of the easy river access
and four spring-fed lakes. But paddlers have the extra bonus of a
cleared canoe path, giving people a chance to explore the South
Fork’s narrow waters. In the state park, the river doesn’t have
the width of the lower Main Stem. Instead, a tight channel delves
through a canopy of trees for an unusual tunnel effect. Signs will
guide you along the way.
1.7 miles one way
Aiken, drive southeast on US 78 to Windsor and turn left onto State
Park Road (Aiken County S-2-53). An access is at the landing, near the
bridge, which crosses the Edisto River within the park. Two docks
within the park are also access points.
Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at
to make your reservations today!
Aiken State Natural Area, 1145 State Park Road, Windsor, S.C. 29856
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