Resting beside the calm, winding South Edisto River, 1000-acre Aiken State Park is a popular destination for any budding naturalist or outdoor enthusiast. This beautiful park in rural Aiken County South Carolina invites guests to enjoy canoeing in the river, peaceful picnicking under mature mixed wood forest, fishing in the river and the park’s spring-fed lakes or meandering either of the parks two hiking trials enjoying the native wildlife. The park offers a uniquely diverse terrain. Guests to the park will find a combination of blackwater river and swamp, bottomland forest, and dry sandhill pine forest.
Aiken State Park was established during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Interpretive signage educates guests on the story of the men who built this park, and their work can still be seen in some of the park’s original structures and features.
The park maintains a scenic 1.7-mile canoe and kayak trail. Guests will enjoy this gentle trail as it winds its way down the south fork of the tranquil Edisto River. The park also maintains two hiking trails. There is the easy three-mile Jungle Nature Trail and an easy to moderate 1.7-mile trail. Guests will find these an exceptional place to view the native wildlife. Guests to the park can expect to see white-tailed deer, beaver, birds of prey, and a variety of reptiles.
Aiken State Park also maintains a campground for over night guests. There are a total of 25 camp sites with electrical and water hookups that can accommodate RV’s up to 35-feet in length.
RV Rentals in Aiken State Park
Transportation in Aiken State Park
The park's address is:
Aiken State Park
1145 State Park Rd.
Windsor SC, 29856
Guests will find the park easy to locate from I-20.
Guests driving I-20 Westbound will take exit 33 and drive towards Wagener. Guests will turn right at the light and then take an immediate right again onto Hwy 302. Hwy 320 will takes you directly to the park. Guests will enter the park shortly after crossing over the South Edisto River
Guests driving I-20 Eastbound will take exit 22 onto Hwy 1 towards Aiken. Guests will follow Hwy 1 to Hwy 78. Guests can simply follow the park signs from Hwy 78.
The park is located approximately:
150-miles from Charlotte, NC
179 miles from Atlanta, GA
32 miles from Augusta, GA
50 miles from Columbia, SC
Guests to Aiken State Park will find parking near the fee station and within the campground.
There is no access to public transportation in the park.
Campgrounds and parking in Aiken State Park
Campsites in Aiken State Park
Aiken State Park
Lovely wooded 1000-acre Aiken State Park maintains a total of 25 camp sites. Guests to the park will find the campground well maintained and tranquil. Each site consists offers a packed sand surface for setting up your tent or RV. All camp sites offer individual water and electrical hookups. Some of the camp sites can accommodate RVs up to 35-feet in length. Guests will find restrooms with hot showers only a short walk away.
Camping reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights.
The park maintains a dump station for RV campers.
Guests will find the children’s lake and the Jungle Nature Trail located close to the campground. There are three artisanal wells near within the park that guests frequently enjoy visiting.
Aiken State Park also maintains a primitive group camping area for organized groups. Guests will find that this area includes picnic tables, fire rings, and a privy.
Guests are welcome to bring their pets along. However, pets must be maintained on a leash no longer than six feet long.
Seasonal activities in Aiken State Park
Lovely Aiken State Park maintains a swimming area in one of the four ponds in the park. This area is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The swimming area is located in the one-acre pond adjacent to the park’s main picnic area. Although the swimming area is very popular in the summer months, guests may also be interested to know that the pond is the site of a Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day each year. Guests will find that the swimming pond is spring-fed with an area roped off for swimming. Although the swimming area is no more than five feet deep, guests need to be mindful of their safety as there are no lifeguards on duty. Dogs are prohibited in the swimming area.
Guests to Aiken State Park are invited to enjoy fishing in one of the four park lakes or the South Fork of the Edisto River. Guests can expect to pull bream, bass and catfish from these waters. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required. Guests new to fishing will be happy to learn that Aiken State Park participates in the Tackle Loaner Program sponsored by the SC Dept of Natural Resources. Guests can borrow rods and reels from at the park office. Guests to the park will also find that non-motorized boats are available for rent as well.
Guests to Aiken State Park will find a unique option at Aiken State Park. The park maintains a one and a half mile easy to moderate canoe/kayak trail. The South Fork Edisto River Trail travels along the river guiding guests between the two canoe landings. This cleared canoe path, offers guests the chance to explore the South fork’s narrow waters under the canopy of trees. The trail's terrain invites guests to explore the narrow waters in a tunnel under an overhanging green canopy of leaves. The effect is highly romantic. Guests find themselves in a tranquil world literally surrounded by nature.
The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum
Guests to Aiken State Park with an interest in trains will be amused to find the Aiken Visitors Center housed in a train depot with The Aiken Train Museum above it. The Train Museum is popular with visitors to this area and displays nine dioramas which in turn, portray the town along with the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company. These dioramas are completed in the familiar HO. Guests will find the dioramas highly educational as they are accompanied by interactive displays depicting railroad history. The museum also offers other exhibits shows the railroad history of Aiken.
Guests will find the Train Museum, located on the second floor of the train depot. Interestingly this railroad was the first designed steam powered commercial railroad in the United States and the longest railroad in the world in the early 1900’s.
Guests to Aiken State Park with an interest in science will be interested in a visit to the Dupont Planetarium. Guests to the planetarium are invited to explore the heavenly bodies through the advanced telescopes available here. Guests with children will find the experience highly engaging and informative for the kids. Staff at the planetarium are happy to offer special shows geared toward any age group. The planetarium is open year-round Sunday to Thursday 6:45 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday 7:45 am to 8 pm.
Guests to Aiken State Park with an interest in hiking will find the easy three-mile looped Jungle Nature hike easy-to-follow. This packed dirt and boardwalk trail leads guest through tropical looking wetlands and mature mixed wood forest. As you walk along this trail, you will notice the dense green foliage of rhododendron, and fern. Guests will find it easy to pick up the iridescent dragonflies that are native to this habitat as they float along the green background.