Givhans Ferry State Park, Ridgeville

Givhans Ferry State Park is a state park located near the town of Ridgeville in Dorchester County, South Carolina.
The property used to create Givhans Ferry State Park was donated by the city of Charleston in 1934 and was one of the original built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in South Carolina. Its namesake, Phillip Givhan, was a ferry master on the Edisto River and operated Givhan's Ferry, which allowed access between Augusta and Charleston.
A cemetery is located on the grounds of the park. The only remaining tombstone belongs to Mary E Ford, granddaughter of Phillip Givhan.
A series of copper marl limestone bluffs along the Edisto River in the park, formed by prehistoric ocean deposits, are protected as a Heritage Trust Site.
Activities available at the park include picnicking, fishing, bird watching, geocaching and camping. A boat drop off area allows small boats access to the Edisto River. The multi-purpose River Bluff Nature Trail is available for hiking and biking.
Amenities include a playground, picnic shelters, volleyball courts and a park store. Visitors can rent fishing rods and reels from the park office.
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  • Stopped here to overnight after leaving Charleston. The sites are all nice and level, comfort station nice and clean, and very friendly campground hosts.  more »
  • I went here yesterday, pleasant walk, when by the cabins to take a few photos. but then i saw no pets on cabins, got me dissapointed. but over all nice park for 5 dollars  more »
  • Stopped by on the way home from the beach. Nice park, small, not very many sites. My wife's uncle used to be the superintendent there years ago, so she spent a good bit of time there growing up. This was the first time she had been back in about 20 years. I had never been before, so we used the opportunity to show the kids where she went as a kid. And we got our ultimate outsider books stamped.
  • It's a pretty park and camping area is nice. It's right in the river and kids were in the water in tubes and others sunning in the bank. The river was low so easy to walk pretty far out and no trouble getting back if you were tuning or kayaking. When river is higher I'm thinking it would be tougher but does connect to Colleton state park.

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