I took my family out tubing with them on the 4th of July and we had a great time. Julie was a fabulous hostess and the place had the atmosphere of a family gathering. Comfortable transportation is provided to the drop off point. We left our towels and other belongings at the property and they were all safe and waiting for us when we got out. If you want to go tubing on the Edisto without worrying about any of the logistics this is definitely the way to go.
Tubing Trip on the Edisto Offers the Ultimate Lazy River Experience
It’s the classic carefree summer activity – tubing down a lazy river. Cradled in a rubber ring with a cooler of cold drinks at your side, you’ve got everything you need to chill in the water on a hot day.
Edisto River Adventures offers this slice of summertime fun in the beautiful setting of the ACE Basin, one of the largest natural areas remaining on the East Coast. Located in the South Carolina Lowcountry, the rich, pristine ecosystem is named after three rivers: the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto.
The largest of the three and the longest free-flowing blackwater river in North America, the Edisto winds through a bottomland forest thick with hardwoods, tupelo and old-growth bald cypress. The wetland habitat is home to an amazing array of wildlife, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, southern bald eagle and wood stork.
Tubing trips run through a two-mile section of the scenic river, starting at Givhans Ferry State Park and ending at the Edisto River Adventures outpost in Ridgeland, located 35 miles from downtown Charleston. With the current pushing you along at 1-2 mph, it takes about two to three hours to complete the journey. A higher water level can crank up the speed to 3 mph.
But there’s no rush making it down river. There are plenty of shallow spots along the way where you can stop and soak in the refreshing water, throw around a ball or engage in a friendly water fight. Of course, you can jump off your tube anytime during your float trip and take a swim.
At just $20 a tube, it’s an inexpensive outing the whole family will enjoy. You can even bring your own cooler filled with drinks and snacks. Inflatables for carrying coolers are an additional $10.
The standard tube is designed so you sit in the water with your legs and arms draped over the sides. If you want to cool off, you can hang in the center with your upper body resting on the tube. For those who prefer to stay dry, opt for a deluxe tube that comes with a covered bottom and backrest. Ropes with clips are provided to keep tubes together.
Upon returning to the riverfront outpost, guests are welcome to hang out on the sandy beach or play an outdoor game. The offerings include volleyball, corn hole and an oversized Jenga. On weekends, hot dogs are usually cooking in the pavilion for guests to enjoy.
In addition to tubing, Edisto River Adventures offers guided and self-guided kayak trips on the Edisto. Half-day paddles start at Mars Oldfield Landing and cover eight miles of the river. A full-day trip is about 15 miles.
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Recreational divers immerse themselves in natural history to find fossils and adventure on the bottom of South Carolina’s blackwater rivers. But how did the fossils get there in the first place?
South Carolina’s Lowcountry boasts popular tourist destinations with scenic views and a variety of recreational opportunities at nearly every turn. It also offers up its own share of mystery. From moss draped live oaks to murky blackwater rivers, the Lowcountry conjures tales of heroic deeds and more than a few legends of famous – maybe even infamous – figures who contributed to the curious reputation of that region. More perplexing still, local mysteries don’t always begin or end in folklore. For centuries, scientists have studied, theorized and otherwise tried to explain the sometimes secretive nature of the coastal plain, only to find themselves with more questions than answers as they uncover the fossilized past only a few feet below the pluff mud or at the bottom of a blackwater river.
“It’s like holding a piece of history in your hands,” says Catherine Sawyer, a recreational diver who regularly descends the relatively shallow depths of the Cooper and other coastal plain rivers in search of prehistoric fossils.
Sawyer has always liked the water, but she first became interested in diving as a means to collect fossils or artifacts.
“Growing up, we would go to Edisto for summer vacations,” she says. “On one of those trips, when I was in the sixth grade, I saw some boys with a spear point they found snorkeling. I’ve been hooked ever since.”
Of course recreational diving is not a sport you can learn on your own at the old swimming hole. To become a certified diver, Sawyer took classes at a local dive shop, a basic class and another more advanced session especially for blackwater river diving.
Living Water: How one photographer, two writers and a team of conservationists captured the history and essence of the Edisto River – Katie DePoppe
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