Located in Aiken County, Aiken State Park sits nestled along the South Edisto River in an outdoor-lover’s paradise. Aiken’s most notable attraction is the still, black water of the South Edisto River - fishing and canoeing are both popular here. A 1.7-mile canoe and kayak trail winds down the South Fork of the Edisto River. Fishing for bream, bass and catfish can be enjoyed from along the bank.
Aiken State Park is also as rich in its history as it is natural beauty. During the Great Depression, an African American detachment of the Civilian Conservation Corps built the park. Their work can still be seen in some of the remaining structures as well as interpretive signage.
Fishing Information: 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.
Freshwater Fishing: Yes
Boating and Boat Access: Private boats are allowed on the South Fork of the Edisto River. River access is available at the state park boat landing.
Playground Equipment: Yes
Picnic Shelters: Yes
Swimming: The swimming area at Aiken State Park is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The area is swim at your own risk and there is no lifeguard on duty. Dogs are prohibited in and around the swimming area.
Bird Watching: There are areas of the park that are ideal for bird watching. Interesting birds that can be seen include egrets, heron and various birds of prey.
Other Facilities and Activities: Horseshoe pits are available at the park for visitors to use.
Hiking Trails: Jungle Trail (3-mile loop)
Camping Information: Each site consists of packed sand and has individual water and electrical hookups. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 35 feet. The campground is convenient to restrooms with hot showers.