Canoeing the Edisto In South Carolina between Charleston and Columbia
The Edisto River is a free flowing blackwater river that has a fairly constant current between 2 and 4 mph. Bottomland hardwoods cover most of the banks so fallen trees are numerous. No rapids, white water, or dams are found anywhere on the Edisto.
The river twists and turns, and trees do fall on the outside bends. Knowledge of basic canoe handling is useful.
Self-Guided Canoe Trips
Our most popular canoe rental is a 10-mile day trip. You meet us at our outpost on Hwy 15 and we shuttle you upriver 10 miles. You end your trip back at your car. This can take anywhere from 3-4 hours to all day, if you have relaxation down to an art.
If you plan to be out 2 or more days and prefer primitive camping to staying in the treehouses, we launch you further upriver, typically for a 23-miles overnight. When water is low there is sand bank camping along the river. We also offer primitive woods camping on our refuge.
Please call ahead to reserve canoes to ensure that boats are available and that one of us is present at the outpost, not wandering around somewhere in the woods...
photo: Billy Crews
Your fully outfitted day trip includes:
PFD (personal flotation device)
Transportation to the launch site
All you provide is lunch and a sense of adventure.
Cost: $35/person/day in 2-person canoes (+SC sales tax)
Q. Which is best for the Edisto: Canoes or Kayaks?
A. We offer canoes on the section where we are located, since they handle well in a 2-4 knot current on straight-aways and around curves, and they have plenty of room for picnic coolers.
"The Edisto River Canoe Trail varies from an easy to a moderately challenging trip on one of the state’s longest blackwater rivers, and certainly ranks among the prettiest anywhere. For much of its gentle and flat passage, the Edisto ambles along under huge live oaks draped in Spanish moss, stoic baldcypress, and water tupelo towering from the dark water. The Edisto is passable by canoes, but trees have a tendency to fall directly in the river’s main current. While volunteers do a fine job of keeping the trail clear, you should still approach all logjams with caution. For most of your trip, a steady current helps keep things moving and there are many places to relax along the way. The river is abundant with red breast sunfish and other fauna including wild turkey, beaver, kingfisher, great blue heron and egrets." - S.C. State Trails Program, SCPRT
Q. Who is responsible for me if I rent canoes and capsize?
A. You are. An unguided trip puts you in charge of your trip.
As good neighbors, we recommend that you call us if you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation. We will do what we can to assist. No river rescues of any sort are performed after dark by the S.C. Dept of Natural Resources, by the Sheriff's Department, or by Carolina Heritage Outfitters. Please be off the river by dark.
Located midway between Charleston, Columbia & Savannah
Convenient for overnight stays from Charlotte & Atlanta
Find us using GPS by entering: 1 Livery Lane, St. George, SC 29477
Our physical location is on the river on Hwy 15 in Canadys, SC
TREEHOUSE & CANOE RENTALS: APRIL 1 THROUGH NOVEMBER 15