Aiken State Natural Area

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Yes
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: Unknown
Fee: $2.00
Address
1145 State Park Road
Windsor, SC 29856
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours
Description

Aiken State Park covers a total area of 1067 acres of land near Windsor town in Aiken County, South Carolina. You can get to the park either through the I-20 Westbound by taking Exit 33 and driving towards Wagener or through the I-20 Eastbound by taking Exit 22 onto Highway 1 towards the city of Aiken and then heading to Highway 78. When along Highway 78 pay attention to road signs of the park.

Aiken State Park was built by a detachment of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) comprised of African Americans. The CCC was established by President Roosevelt in 1933 in an effort to provide work for unemployed Americans that suffered from the effects of the Great Depression. To date, most of the buildings constructed by the CCC in the park are still in use.

Besides the historical significance of the buildings at the park, Aiken State Park is also renowned for several other significant features. First, the park includes three publicly accessible artisan wells. Secondly, the park also features the longest free-flowing blackwater stream in North America, the Edisto River. Third, the park also features a unique blend of biota including wildflowers like Pitcher plants and wildlife like beaver, white-tailed deer, birds of prey and several reptiles.

Furthermore, the park also offers useful amenities to its visitors including three picnic shelters, 25 campsites, primitive group camp, lake beach, hiking trails, picnic area, comfort station, four park lakes for fishing, a boat rentals, boat ramp on the Edisto River, a 1.7-mile canoe trail, ball field, and a park store.

You are also allowed to bring your dog into most outdoor areas of the park as long as you are in immediate control of your pooch. Additionally, your dog must always be on a leash no longer than six feet long or secured in a cage. That said, dogs are specifically not allowed in or around lodging areas and if your dog becomes a nuisance or a threat to other wildlife at the park, then you will be asked to escort your dog out of the park.

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Address
1145 State Park Road
Windsor, SC 29856
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours