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Our rivers and waterways are history's natural highways. Before there were interstates or even dirt roads, our founders traveled them and moved produce and trade goods by canoe and pole boats. Just a short paddling trip can for all practical purposes create an experience much like those experienced by our forefathers. You can quickly whisk yourself away from the hustle and bustle of today's busy and complicated lifestyles to a much simpler time. A time often referred to as " the good old days " can be relived and shared with your family and friends.
- Berkeley County has an abundance of waters suitable for canoeing and kayaking that can provide wonderful back to nature experiences for the entire family.
The Berkeley County Blueways paddling trail system identifies over 175 miles of total water course from 23 trails and is a result of the vision and efforts of many individuals and organizations working in partnership. The Berkeley Soil and Water Conservation District has served as the coordinating agency with supporting grants from Berkeley County Government and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made available through the SCDHEC Office of Coastal Resource Management.
Recreation - Paddling is a wonderful environmentally friendly form of low impact exercise and recreation that is well suited for the entire family.
You can combine many other activities with your paddling experience. Just to name a few, bird and nature watching are a natural byproduct of paddling. The stealth of canoes and kayaks increase the opportunities for nature photographers as well. For the history buffs, there is an opportunity to experience the sights and sounds as well as view some of the more historically important ruins and trails that have survived through the years. For the fisherman, the stealthy nature of the craft while fishing combined with the relaxed pace of movement can contribute to a greater understanding and appreciation of your quarry. You can combine your paddling experience with a family picnic and a swim or even enjoy primitive camping in a secluded section of the county. Opportunities are many and varied.
Climate - South Carolina has a mild climate that remains warm throughout the year. Humidity is a major factor in the summer months as the temperatures rise to 95 degrees F. July is the hottest time of the year, during which Columbia has an average high temperature of 92 degrees. The coastal and mountain towns average slightly lower temperatures. During the winter months temperatures dip into the 40s, but rarely remain there for long. Average January temperatures throughout the state range from 50 to 60 degrees F. Snow rarely falls, and if it does it doesn't remain for long. Most of the precipitation comes to the region during July in summer thundershowers.
Just hit the go button next to paddling on the activity bar of this page to find the details of each trail with a map and driving instructions. The guide at http://www.berkeleyblueways.com/ provide additional detail.