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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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  • We stayed in the campgrounds (tented) in March, when the nightly temperatures were in the 30's. It was comfortable, despite the cold, as it was easy to use the electrical outlets and designated campfi...  more »
  • We love camping in Eastern South Carolina and love kayaking. Givhan's Ferry is all over the Internet as Colleton SP's sister park for kayakers. You know how they say sisters can be opposites? Colleton...  more »
  • We stayed here before hurricane Matthew came through so our stay was cut short. It is a very nice campground with roomy sites and very clean bathrooms. The hosts (daytime and nite-time) were very help...  more »
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  • Rented one of there cabins for a few nights. was very happy with our experience. Very clean cabin had everything we needed. We have recommended this place to many friends and will continue to do so.
  • The park was clean and the sites were level. Phone coverage was non-existent. Had to drive 2-3 miles away from park to resume coverage. Didn't have the visitor station manned most of the time, so not sure why hang tag was issued for our car. The "code" to the gate is really a lock combination, so if you arrive with the gate closed, don't look for a key punch--you will need to open the lock. Very quiet and clean. Stay away from the sunny sites!
  • A great place right on the Edisto River with lots of lowcountry charm. The cabins are a great treat, everything you need and screened porch overlooking the river! The wild life and wild flowers are abundant. We will tent camp next time to give it a try also.
  • Did not enjoy our camping experience. The park is a pick up and drop off point for tubing down the river. Very noisy on the weekend. Local businesses were very high priced. Will not go back.
  • State park always great. No WiFi

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