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Givhans Ferry State Park
Copyright: - South Carolina Dept of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Givhans Ferry State Park
Description - 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.

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

Climate - 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.

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

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Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: We stayed in the cabins and would not recommend this stay unless you had to stay here by no other other choice. The kitchen sink was broken the whole cabin including the floors looked as if they hadn't been cleaned in years. I used clorax to clean the whole cabin down before we could go to bed. I didn't even use the blankets for the beds I used my own. The blankets had stains. For the rest of the park it was small and nothing to do. It was intended as a stop over I guess. Grocery store was every bit of a 15 minute drive or more. They lock the gate at 6;00pm and you have to have the combination to get in without a light just light from your headlights which is still very difficult to see. Not a place to come to get away from it all only if you want to live primitive or like third world countriesdo.

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Givhans Ferry, 746 Givhans Ferry Road , Ridgeville, SC, 29472, Phone: 843-873-0692

Additional Information:
Lowcountry Region - The Lowcountry Region of South Carolina includes the Atlantic coast and the coastal plain. It covers the area south and east from Sumter.
South Carolina State Parks - The South Carolina State Parks stretch from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic coast. They offer a huge variety of sites and possible recreation activities.

South Carolina Tourism - Official website of South Carolina Tourism


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