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“Eh... its okay.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Givhans Ferry State Park

Givhans Ferry State Park
Ridgeville, SC
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Ridgeville
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Summerville, South Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Eh... its okay.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Its a cute, well maintained place. Nice picnic area and playground for kids. Restrooms are dirty(its a state park so I'm not too surprised) but for $2 per adult I would expect to have a place to dry my hands and actually throw trash away. Working lights in the bathroom would be nice too.

Visited October 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Hot with Lots of Bugs”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Spent one night here - mainly to check it out for kayaking at a later date. It's a small campground; but each site is shielded with vegetation, so it is somewhat private. Sites are flat. It's about 1/4 mile from the campground down to the river. River is slow flowing and should make for good kayaking; except for the monster horse flies and mosquitos. The dog had enough of the horse flies while in the river and just ran back to the campground. There is a limited amount of trail hiking (only one trail). Noticed lots of trash around. One reason may be that there are no containers for day-trippers, only one by the front gate. Restrooms were clean and stocked. One TV channel, one bar on Verizon data, and sporadic cell reception.

Visited June 2013
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“great place to have a sunday picnic or go to camp all week.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

this is a state park and the facilities are quite dated ...people are very friendly that operate it. the Rangers a top guy ,you can take all your camp related troubles to him he will listen and he will take care of trouble.the problem with campgrounds in general are usually campers not looking after the kids their dogs ,habits ,theyre going to be occaisional bad neighbors but most of the time you'll find campers are different people and that pretty cool mostly laid back wanting to relax themselves.this is not a big commercial campground operated by huge corporation, this is a state park with the facilities being built like in the 40's to 50's by the ccc.
go camping people!

Visited July 2012
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Charleston, SC
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“Not worth the trip”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Went to see another of SC's great state parks and was kind of disappointed. WORST PARK MAP EVER! That alone should have let me know that it was going to be bad, but the lack of clear "trail" marking, all the day "tube people" and lack of maintenance on the attractions left a bad taste in our mouths. If you're needing a day trip destination, look somewhere else. This is not a 'must see.' Also, we couldn't get into the pavilion hall because it was rented out for what looked like a wedding that day.

Visited June 2013
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Hanahan, South Carolina, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Relaxing in the outdoors.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is a wonderful remote park along the Edisto River. We spent two nights in the campground breaking in our new camper. The staff was welcoming and friendly with a laid back attitude. We spent our days walking along the 1.5 mile nature trail, fishing and kayaking on the river and spent some time searching for buried treasure with my metal detector near the swimming holes. Although we didn't find or catch anything, we had fun taking in the wonderful scenery.
Each campsite is well buffered with trees between each space, just the way we like it for privacy. The restrooms were clean albeit a little rough. That was expected for the location of the park. The picnic shelters and large fields make it a great place to spend a day with your family. The main building is a nice size for a small gathering which held three different events the weekend we were there.
Would I go again? Yes
Would I recommend? Yes

Visited April 2013
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