Located in the Lowcountry Woods, Givhans Ferry State Park is a popular spot in South Carolina, offering everything from open spaces to relax into sports courts and camping areas. It is no wonder that so many people search for an RV in Dorchester County. The park sits on a stretch of the Edisto River, which is the longest free-flowing, blackwater river in North America, and there are many scenic spots that allow visitors a glimpse at this beautiful stretch of water.
Givhans Ferry State Park is easily accessed from a number of nearby towns such as Cottageville, Goose Creek, and St George, and is just 25 miles from the town of Charleston. The park was named after the area ferry master, Philip Givhan, and this area of the state has a lot of history surrounding it, largely thanks to the river. Today, the riverbanks are protected as a Heritage Trust Site, and many buildings built by the CCC in the 1930s stand in the park today.
Canoeing and kayaking are a big deal at Givhans Ferry State Park, and there is a well-used canoe trail that runs between Colleton and the state park that is 21 miles long. Most experienced paddlers could try to complete the whole trail, which will take about 9 hours, or you could opt for just a part of it. There is a boat ramp located just 3 miles from the park, and there is a drop-off area for easy access. The river is not just great for boating. In the warmer months, many people choose to cool off in the cold water or fish for bass, catfish, and flathead fish when camping with an RV.
Bird watching is another popular activity at the park, as numerous species can be seen when walking the trails and along the banks of the river. There are a number of interpretive programs held throughout the year for those that want to learn more about the local wildlife and the history of the area, so check out the calendar of events before camping at Givhans Ferry State Park. Once you have finished learning, spend some quality time with the family playing horseshoe or volleyball, before having a picnic in one of the many picnic shelters or tables.
In such a picturesque spot, it is hardly surprising that hiking and walking are another activity that visitors enjoy when renting an RV near the park. One of the most trodden trails is River Bluff Nature Trail, which runs for 1.5 miles, traversing several moderately steep slopes with views out over the Edisto River. For a little more of a longer walk, the Old Loop Trail is around 5 miles long, winding along the boundary of the park, birds and wildlife are likely to be plentiful, with woods dense on both sides.
Camping at Givhans Ferry State Park
Most people who head to the state park opt to camp directly in the state park RV campgrounds. Each site comes with water and electric hookups, and there are 13 gravel and 12 sand packed sites. There are also convenient restrooms that have hot showers. There are also six sites that are full hookups, with water, electricity, and sewer.
Another option for those that rent a camper near Givhans Ferry State Park is the local Charleston KOA, conveniently located close to town. This is a beautiful park, filled with oaks and azaleas, and also has the benefit of having many amenities such as an on-site recreational building, a large swimming pool, and a dog park.
Exploring the Area
Charleston campers can get an insight into life under the sea at the South Carolina Aquarium. This huge aquarium is home to more than 5000 animals from all over the world. Experience a number of different exhibit zones, from some of South Carolina’s native animals and plants, the mountain and forest region, coastal plains, saltmarsh aviary, home to a 6000-gallon stingray tank, and even a touch tank. There are things that will entertain all ages, making it a great rainy-day activity for the whole family.
Head to Frankie’s for a day simply full of entertainment from start to finish. The venue is host to a huge range of attractions, so you could simply pop in for one round of mini-golf, or stay the whole day trying your hand at all the activities, the choice is yours. There is a road go-karting course, a batting cage, fun-filled arcade, a rookie track for the little ones, bumper boats, climbing wall, and much more.
For a more, unique attraction, just a short drive away from the state park is the Tearificteapot Museum. This is the world’s largest teapot museum, with over 5000 teapots on display, housed in the world’s largest teapot. The teapots have all been arranged into different exhibits, making it a very fun place to visit.