What to do in Givhans Ferry State Park

This area was originally a ferry crossing in the 18th and 19th centuries, then later developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's. Today visitors enjoy camping, staying in a cabin on a high bluff overlooking the Edisto and great fishing among the Spanish moss-draped oaks. Canoeists enjoy paddling to this 988-acre park from Colleton State Park. A stretch of the Edisto River in this area has been designated the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail, a black water river course which carries paddlers into a fascinating world of wildlife and scenic beauty. The canoe trail between Colleton and Givhans Ferry is 23 miles by river and 15 miles by highway. The trip takes 7 to 9 hours depending on current. The park has a 1.5 mile nature trail. Enjoy fishing in the Edisto River for flathead, catfish, red breast, channel catfish, largemouth bass, striped bass, shellcrackers, blue catfish, eels.

Visitors can choose a cabin, or camping for their overnight accommodations. The campground has 25 sites and can accommodate RV's. Each site is rented on a first-come, first-served basis, except for 2 sites which may be reserved exclusively for the handicapped. The park has 4 two-bedroom/one bath cabins which accommodate 6 people. Also available are a boat ramp, picnic shelters and a meeting building.

Visitors to Givhans Ferry State Park enjoy camping, picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking and staying in the rented cabins.

Givhans Ferry State Park is located in southern South Carolina, off SC Highway 61, 16 miles west of Summerville.

South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

746 Givhans Ferry Road
Ridgeville, SC 29472

Phone: 843-873-0692

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