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Givhans Ferry State Park Offers “First Friday Paddle With A Ranger” Series

Join a park ranger for a kayak trip down the Edisto River from Mars Oldfield launch to Givhans Ferry State Park. Kayak and all paddling gear is included in the $25 price of the program. Meet at the Park Office at 11:00am for 11:30am departure. This program is designed for paddlers with at least some experience on moving water or a lot of experience on flat water. Registration deadline is the Wednesday prior to the program. For full details visit the Givhans Ferry State Park website, call (843) 873-0692 or email



Due to current site conditions rendering the river inaccessible at normal water levels, Green Pond Church Landing is currently closed until further notice. We’ll provide updates here on the website as soon as status changes. Thanks for your interest in the majestic ERCK Trail!

ERCK Trail Commission Offers Summer Paddling Series

The Edisto River Canoe and Kayak (ERCK) Trail Commission is offering a monthly guided paddle series along various sections of the ERCK Trail.  Prices are unbeatable at $35/kayak and $45/canoe!  Trips run the third Saturday of the month through September, and depart from ERCK’s shed in Colleton State Park.  Pre-registration is required.  To find out more about these unique offerings from some of the most knowledgeable river guides visit the ERCK Commission Paddle Trips page!

ERCK Trail Commission Leads Successful Camp Wildwood Paddle

On July 18th, the ERCK Trail Commission led South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ annual Camp Wildwood paddle. Camp Wildwood is a high energy, hands on environmental camp where campers learn about nature and our impact on the natural environment. The outing started at Simmons Landing and finished six miles downstream at T. Coke Weeks Landing across from Colleton State Park. Taking a leisurely pace of over five hours, campers stopped at multiple sand bars for lunch, fossil hunting, watermelon and good old fashioned playing in the river! The ERCK Trail Commission looks forward to hosting Camp Wildwood again next summer.

New ERCK Trail Website and Map Officially Launched On July 19th

On July 19th Colleton County, Dorchester County and the SC National Heritage Corridor celebrated the culmination of a true partnership effort with the launch of a new website and map for the ERCK Trail, a sixty-two mile stretch of the majestic blackwater Edisto River. is intended to be a comprehensive tool for planning a variety of river outings on the trail and offers details on access points, river sections, local outfitters, accommodations, news, events and much more!

Information on a variety of ways to obtain a copy of the ERCK Trail Map is available on the website.

Visit the Summerville Journal Scene for an article recapping the map and website launch event!

Edisto River Stewardship Day A Success

Edisto River Stewardship Day 2017 was based at Colleton State Park on May 13. Stewardship Day, a river cleanup, was sponsored by Friends of the Edisto (FRED) in cooperation with the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Commission (ERCK) and Colleton State Park.

First held in 2002, the goal of the event is to increase appreciation of the river and demonstrate the impact of litter on our beautiful resource. Unfortunately the people who litter are not the ones who participate in the cleanup.

Colleton County supports the effort by placing a dumpster at the park and assisting with transport of trash collected by our volunteers.

This year FRED sponsored music and a BBQ lunch at the park. Forty-four participants helped in the cleanup of fifteen landings. Forty-four bags of trash plus a variety of other debris was collected. Unfortunately, the threat of bad weather limited the number of boaters.

Camp Wildwood meets the Edisto River

On July 18, our very own ERCK Commission will be hosting a paddle tour for 3rd year campers of Camp Wildwood.

Camp Wildwood is a high energy and hands-on outdoor environmental camp that focuses on knowledge and appreciation of our natural resources. For more information on Camp Wildwood visit their website.

Camp Wildwood is sponsored by the Garden Club of South Carolina, Inc., the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, South Carolina State Parks, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

In the Middle of July

How 2 friends fared on a 4-day canoe trip on the Edisto River.
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Edisto River Canoe & Kayak Trail Launches New Website & Map

Colleton County & Dorchester County launches new brand, website, and map for the Edisto River Canoe & Kayak Trail.
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Counties collaborate on Edisto River project

Dorchester County is leading the way in recreationally transforming one of the Lowcountry’s most popular waterways.
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