Givhans Ferry State Park, Ridgeville

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Givhans Ferry State Park is a state park located near the town of Ridgeville in Dorchester County, South Carolina.HistoryThe property used to create Givhans Ferry State Park was donated by the city of Charleston in 1934 and was one of the original built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in South Carolina. Its namesake, Phillip Givhan, was a ferry master on the Edisto River and operated Givhan's Ferry, which allowed access between Augusta and Charleston.A cemetery is located on the grounds of the park. The only remaining tombstone belongs to Mary E Ford, granddaughter of Phillip Givhan.A series of copper marl limestone bluffs along the Edisto River in the park, formed by prehistoric ocean deposits, are protected as a Heritage Trust Site.Activities and AmenitiesActivities available at the park include picnicking, fishing, bird watching, geocaching and camping. A boat drop off area allows small boats access to the Edisto River. The multi-purpose River Bluff Nature Trail is available for hiking and biking.Amenities include a playground, picnic shelters, volleyball courts and a park store. Visitors can rent fishing rods and reels from the park office.
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  • If you are over 62 please invest in a SC State Parks Pass, It will be invaluable. That said, this park is a nice little reprieve with a boat launch, RV camping, primative camping, cabins (very cute an...  more »
  • Stayed here 2 nights in a cabin just after the total eclipse. Not a lot of amenities compared to other state parks in SC but a nice place to stay just a short drive from Charleston, SC. Friendly staff...  more »
  • Stopped for one night at this campground on a return trip from Florida in February. Nice clean campground. Site we selected was full-hookups, which is why we choose this park. We reserved by telephone...  more »
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  • This park has great cabins, four of them. They have tent camping. They have RV camping. There is a nice place to have weddings. The Boy Scouts have group meetings here often. There is canoe and kayak access to the river. There is also primitive camp area. There are a few nice group meeting areas. Lee state park has a website that you can find out everything about it. The Rangers here are always very helpful. The park is clean and well-kept. They have a nice playground for kids. This is a great place for a family outing. And it's right down the street from a petting zoo and Bee Farm
  • The clubhouse is a lovely venue for our annual family reunion. After dinner we walk down the boat landing (which is paved) to sit in the sun and let the children play in the river. Great spot to let them splash. There is also a playground with swings, lovely wooded trails to walk, and camping access with barbeque spots for family dinners. It's a wonderful rustic spot to visit or to stay, and the park is kept clean and tidy by the on-site ranger.
  • I stayed here in April 2017 with a 28' travel trailer. The park is beautiful and the sites are nice and fairly private and mostly shaded. The is water and electric like most state parks. There is no sewer hook ups, but there is a dump station on the way out. We stayed there for a few days while we checked out the area. There was someone in the office when I arrived, but they didn't answer the door and I was a little unclear where to go and what to do because there are no signs or directions at the office telling what to do. I went and found my site on my own (reserved online) and just moved in. A lady (camp host) came around on a four-wheeler not to long after I arrived and checked me in. So I guess my point is I would not plan on arriving there at night unless you know where you are going, especially if you have big rig. The circle at the back end is tight and if you are pulling a long rig you will need to see what you are doing.
  • Wonderful place to visit and stay. Staff very helpful and friendly. Cabin became a home away from home. Very comfortable with everything you would need. Beautiful suroundings. Saw deer and we were thrilled. Park even recycles, something we like.
  • I enjoyed my time here with my friends, jogging and walking the park. We were not really able to enjoy the river due to the water level being much higher than normal. Other than that our trip was very enjoyable.

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