They say you haven’t really experienced the Palmetto State until you’ve experienced it from the water. South Carolina is a paddler’s paradise with hundreds of miles of diverse water trails to suit your energy and experience.
If birds and botanicals are more your speed, paddle through the old-growth forests of Congaree National Park or enjoy the blooms on the Guided Spider Lily Tour of the Broad and Saluda rivers with Palmetto Outdoor in West Columbia. Birders, sign up for Coastal Expeditions’ Blackwater Kayak Tour down the Black River in Andrews, and you may get to check the elusive swallow-tailed kite and night heron off your list.
Feeling adventurous? Kick it up a notch with a thrilling whitewater rafting trip along the National Wild and Scenic Chattooga River with Nantahala Outdoor Center in Oconee County. Take your pick from the family-friendly Section III excursion or the rip-roaring Section IV—both are guided experiences with shuttle transportation and a riverside lunch.