Aiken State Natural Area

Quick Facts

Aiken State Natural Area

South Carolina

(803) 649-2857

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Things To Do

Overview

Aiken State Natural Area is situated against the peaceful, winding South Edisto River and is made up of 1000 acres of pristine land and water. This Natural Area is known to be a hit among guests, whether they in families or would-be naturalists. Due to its remote location, the gorgeous park in rural Aiken County offers guests use of the river via canoeing. For those who prefer to stay on land, guests can enjoy peaceful picnicking, freshwater fishing in the river and the park's spring-fed lakes, campground and trailside camping and hiking trails. The Aiken State Natural Area is very diverse, in that it combines a blackwater river and swamp, bottomland forest and dry sandhill pine forest. Also of historical importance, the Area was built during the Great Depression by an African American detachment of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Guests can follow their story thanks to interpretive signs and in the park's original structures. This Park makes for a wonderful place for guests to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Make this Area your next getaway!

Map of Aiken State Natural Area (SC)

Latitude, Longitude: 33.545544, -81.490574

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Activities

  • Boating

    Private boats are allowed on the South Fork of the Edisto River. River access is available at the state park boat landing.

  • Fishing

    Enjoy fishing in one of the four park lakes or the South Fork of the Edisto River for bream, bass and catfish. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

  • Hiking

    This is a level, easy-to-follow, 3-mile boardwalk and dirt turf loop through tropical-looking wetlands, and mixed pine and hardwood forest. You will walk through dense green rhododendron, and fern that provide habitat for iridescent dragonflies, and a variety of birds, snakes and other wildlife.

  • Picnicking

    Three picnic shelters are available for family or other group gatherings. Each shelter may be reserved. If shelters are not reserved, guests may use shelters on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge.

Seasonality/Weather

Days and hours of operation run from Monday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (extended to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday during daylight savings time.)

Directions

Driving

From I-20 Westbound:Take exit 33 and drive towards Wagener. Turn ri at light then an immediate right again onto Hwy. 302. That takes you straight to the park.

From I-20 Eastbound:Take exit 22 onto Hwy 1 towards Aiken. Take Hwy 1 to Hwy 78 and look for park signs.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(803) 649-2857

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