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- Visitor Center
- Picnic Area
- Trail Head
Aiken State Park is as rich in its history as it is natural beauty. The Jungle Nature Trail is a 3-mile boardwalk and dirt turf loop through wetlands, mixed pine and hardwood forest.
This is a level, easy-to-follow, 3-mile boardwalk and dirt turf loop through tropical-looking wetlands, and mixed pine and hardwood forest. You will walk through dense green rhododendron, and fern that provide habitat for iridescent dragonflies, and a variety of birds, snakes and other wildlife. At the far end of the main loop, you will see two clearly marked spur trails. Follow the short canoe launch spur trail across the park road, through a sandy oval parking area, to the dock on the tea-colored south fork of the Edisto River. (The water gets its unusual color from tree roots and leaf debris.) Near the dock, an artesian well bubbles up through a fountain. When you return to the main loop trail, you can also walk the other, slightly longer, spur trail to the fishing pond. Continuing on the main trail, avoid any unmarked spur trails, and you will return to the parking area. During the warm season insect repellant is recommended. Pets are permitted on leashes. Restrooms are available near the picnic area.
Camping: Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com to make your reservations today!Directions:
From Aiken: Drive southeast on US 78 to the town of Windsor and turn left onto Aiken County S-53. The entrance to Aiken State Natural Area is approximately 5.0 miles. Enter the park, and turn left. The trailhead is to the right of the playground.