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Givhans Ferry State Park, Ridgeville

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.9/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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 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...  read more »
  • I loved this park. The camping area was just fine for me. I had site 17 but would try to get one with more shade during the summer. I loved all of the wildlife including an owl, turtle, frogs, and one...  read more »
  • Givhans is a small State park. It is well maintained with older, but clean, restrooms. The Edisto river runs through the park and was popular with kayakers and tubing. A nice place for camping or birt...  read more »
  • I have been coming here since I was a child. The river front view that the cabins provide is an awesome sight to wake up to. The fishing is all dependant on how mother nature feels. Some days are good, some days aren't. The primitive camping area offers a lot. The park is located in a remote part of the county, but there are a few gas stations with basic groceries nearby. If you have a chance to visit, you won't regret it.
  • Nice small beach for launching canoes or kayaks. A couple pavilions with tables, but nothing on the river. Secluded campground
  • A good state park with helpful staff. We set up a meetup group camping and kayaking trip there last spring and had a great time. While there are a lot of better locations for camping and hiking, such as Table Rock or Paris Mountain or the parks along the beaches, this is a nice place to spend a few days. There is also easy access to a put in on the Edisto that ends right at the Park, making it a central place for some scenic paddling. (Very easy river)
  • Stayed for two nights the cabins were updated and nice. I just wish the beds were more comfortable and more things to do around the area.
  • It has friendly staff, clean campground, pretty country and quiet area
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