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TRAVEL ADVISORY

Due to river levels and the weather forecast, river rentals are subject to cancellation at any time. Please contact the park directly for up-to-date information.

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HOURS

M-Su 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (extended to 9 p.m. F and Sa during daylight savings time.)

OFFICE

11 a.m.-noon

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ADMISSION

$2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free

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PETS

Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around lodging facilities.

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BY THE NUMBERS

1 of 16 SC State Parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps

1.7 mile canoe/kayak trail on the South Fork of the Edisto River

3 picnic shelters for rental

4 park lakes for fishing

25 campsites

1067 acres to enjoy

Aiken State Park

Midlands

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this park have cabins or villas?

There are no cabins or villas at Aiken State Park.  The nearest state park with cabins is Barnwell State Park.

Does this park have campsites for overnight camping?

There are 25 campsites with electric and water and a primitive camping area for organized groups.  Please click on the CAMPING menu item on the right to see detailed camping information. To check availability or to make a reservation, click the Make a Reservation banner near the top of this page, under the large or call 1-866-345-7275.

What types of activities are available at this park?

Activities at Aiken State Park include:  camping, fishing, canoeing/kayaking, picnicking, bird watching, and hiking.  For more detailed information, click the THINGS TO DO menu item, on the right.

Is swimming available at this park?

Swimming is permitted in the designated swimming area at Aiken State Park.  The swimming area is open seasonally.

What type of fish are most often caught at the park?

Largemouth bass, bream and redbreast are most often caught when fishing at Aiken State Park.

How long is the canoe trail?

The canoe trail, located on the Edisto River, is 1.75 miles long.  You can enjoy paddling your own canoe or rent one from the park.

What times may canoes be rented at the park?

Scheduled times for canoe rentals/floats are:  Th, Su and M 10am, noon and 3pm, F and Sa 10am, noon and 2pm.  If you would like to rent a canoe at a different time, please contact the park directly for assistance.  if you have any other questions concerning canoe trail conditions or water levels, please email the park.

May I drink water from the artesian well?

Yes, you may drink water from the artesian well located on the park.

Who constructed the stonework and buildings throughout the park?

Aiken State Park was built during the Great Depression by an African-American detachment of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Interpretive signage tells their story and their work can still be seen in some of the park’s original structures and features.

What are the names of the three lakes at Aiken State Park?

The lake in the picnic area is known as the Children's Pond, Fish Lake is located near the Fish Lake Shelter and Cabin Lake is located across State Park Road.

How did Aiken State Park get its name?

Aiken State Park is named after Aiken County, the county in which it is located.

Where is the park’s Ultimate Outsider stamp located?

The park's Ultimate Outsider stamp is located at the park office to the right of the front door in a wooden box.

Where can I find a list of state park rules and regulations?

You can find the South Carolina State Park rules and regulations, along with campground rules and regulations at this link.

For more general, statewide frequently asked questions, please click here.