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Canoeing the Edisto

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The Edisto is a gentle free-flowing river in southwestern South Carolina. It extends to the Atlantic Ocean. The Edisto River Basin has attracted people for 10,000 years. Visitors enjoy the natural and cultural features. The rural lifestyles are also a major attraction.

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National Geographic Adventure Magazine (March 2006) named the Edisto River as one of the top 50 places in North America. “As the River flows slowly through the cypress and tupelo forests, it is easy to see why. It is even easier to wonder how anything could outplace the Edisto.”

What does this mean for paddlers? Ken Driggers is author of Edisto River Companion. He writes that the Edisto offers many different paddling opportunities.

One such opportunity is the Edisto River Canoe & Kayak Trail Commission (ERCK) is one of those many opportunities. ERCK is committed to the preservation of the Edisto. They emphasize the enjoyment of safe paddling.

Canoeing and kayaking are great family activities. During the course of the day, paddlers often see a variety of wildlife. These include dear, turtles, water snakes, river otters and alligators.

Quiet paddlers might catch a glimpse of egrets, great blue herons and a variety of wild ducks.

Paddling along a sleepy southern river would not be complete without live oaks hanging over the river’s banks, splashed with Spanish moss.

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