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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

Trails

Jungle Nature Trail

Length: 3 miles not including spur trails

Type: Hiking Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Description: This is a level, easy-to-follow, 3-mile boardwalk and dirt turf loop through tropical-looking wetlands, and mixed pine and hardwood forest. You will walk through dense green rhododendron, and fern that provide habitat for iridescent dragonflies, and a variety of birds, snakes and other wildlife. At the far end of the main loop, you will see two clearly marked spur trails. Follow the short canoe launch spur trail across the park road, through a sandy oval parking area, to the dock on the tea-colored south fork of the Edisto River. (The water gets its unusual color from tree roots and leaf debris.) Near the dock, an artesian well bubbles up through a fountain. When you return to the main loop trail, you can also walk the other, slightly longer, spur trail to the fishing pond. Continuing on the main trail, avoid any unmarked spur trails, and you will return to the parking area. During the warm season insect repellent is recommended. Pets are permitted on leashes. Restrooms are available near the picnic area.  Click here for more information.

South Fork Edisto River Trail

Length: 1.7 miles

Type: Canoe/Kayak Trail

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Description: In Aiken State Park, the South Fork Edisto River meanders for an easy 1.7 miles between two canoe landings. It’s an opportunity  to make a shorter excursion on a river that usually takes days. The surrounding land in Aiken State Park is a combination of river swamp and dry sandhills, with the latter area offering evidence of an era when the ocean pushed this far inland. The park is extremely popular among fisherman and campers because of the easy river access and four spring-fed lakes. But paddlers have the extra bonus of a cleared canoe path, giving people a chance to explore the South Fork’s narrow waters. In the state park, the river doesn’t have the width of the lower Main Stem. Instead, a tight channel delves through a canopy of trees for an unusual tunnel effect. Signs will guide you along the way. 

Canoe experience is suggested.  Click here for more information.

Find a link to the park map here