For a furrific outdoor adventure in the Midlands of South Carolina, plan a visit to Aiken State Park! One of the 16 SC state parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this 1,000-acre natural paradise is set along the Edisto River, the longest free-flowing, blackwater river in North America. Visitors can enjoy a plethora of recreational activities at this expansive site, so bring the whole family, including four-legged members!
Aiken State Park welcomes canine nature lovers in most outdoor areas as long as they stay on a 6-foot leash and have good manners. Adventurous pups will be pleased to know that the park contains a 3-mile trail that loops through mixed pine and hardwood forest and tropical-looking wetlands. Known as the Jungle Nature Trail, this flat and easy-to-follow boardwalk and dirt turf path will have you and Fido walking among dense green rhododendron and fern that various wildlife species call home. One of its marked spur trails also leads to an artesian well that you and your pooch can drink from. Remember to stoop and scoop if your furry hiking partner goes to the bathroom!
If your dog is used to boat rides, bring them along as you explore the 1.7-mile South Fork Edisto River Trail. This cleared canoe path lets you paddle through the south fork's narrow waters and under a canopy of trees that creates a pawsome tunnel effect. Simply follow the signs and have fun! It is unknown if dogs are permitted on rented canoes and kayaks, but don't miss the chance to float down this trail if you have your own boat.
Aiken State Park also offers tent and RV camping for visitors who wish to extend their adventure. Ruff it with Fido on one of the 25 campsites, all of which provide easy access to water and electrical hookups, restrooms, and hot showers. Whether you spend a day or a weekend, you and your pooch will have a woofing good time at Aiken State Park!