Fall on the Edisto River

By:Marie McAden


Fall is coming, and that means it’s time to get out on the water and enjoy the cool, crisp weather. One of my favorite places to paddle is the Edisto, the world's longest free-flowing "blackwater" river.

This October, Aiken S​tate Natural Area is offering four ranger-guided canoe trips on the South Fork of the Edisto, a narrow channel that takes you under a canopy of beautiful bald cypress, swamp tupelo and loblolly pine trees. As you paddle through this two-mile section of the river, you’ll wind through expansive swamplands preserved in their natural state.

“About every 10 or 15 feet the river turns,” said Jason Robinette, Aiken State Natural Area park ranger. “It’s so narrow in this section of the Edisto you can almost jump across it.”

The two-hour trip costs just $20 and includes entrance to the park and a canoe for up to two adults and two children. (An adult must accompany kids ages 5 to 17.) Participants will meet at the canoe launch dock at 9 a.m. and take a quick shuttle to the put-in. Scheduled paddles are on Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23.

To book a canoe for any of the guided paddles, call (803) 649-2857 or visit www.s​outhca​rolinaparks.com.

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