Givhans Ferry State Park, Ridgeville

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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. Plan to see Givhans Ferry State Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Ridgeville trip itinerary builder.
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  • My friends and I had to travel to the Ridgeville area which is about 2 1/2 hours away from where we live. We wanted a place to stop for a picnic lunch and a walk after our errand and before getting.....  more
    My friends and I had to travel to the Ridgeville area which is about 2 1/2 hours away from where we live. We wanted a place to stop for a picnic lunch and a walk after our errand and before getting.....  more »
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  • Small, quiet park. Not much hiking here but overall nice little park. Rv sites were full hookup which was nice. Staff here was very friendly and helpful.
  • Nice park to have a picnic or go tubing. They have a "beach" area as well. Be mindful though, squirrels stole some of our food 😄. Would love to come back and do some RV/tent camping.

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