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Givhans Ferry State Park
Givhans Ferry State Park

Givhans Ferry State Park

By Stephanie A. Mayberry

If you enjoy RV campgrounds that give you the peace and quiet of nature but are just a short drive to the hustle and bustle and a beautiful, historic city, then have I got a park for you! Givhans Ferry State Park is in Ridgeville, South Carolina, less than an hour from the heart of Charleston. It is a beautiful area though, with hiking trails and the gorgeous Edisto River running right through it.
The campground itself is comprised of 25 spaces that rent for $14 a night and are appropriate for various types of camping. The highlights include:

  • All 25 sites have electricity and water hook-ups (there are often discounts offered for off season camping)
  • 6 sites have full hook-up which includes electricity, water, and sewer
  • There is a dump station on site
  • Several sites can accommodate RVs that are as long as 40 feet
  • Restroom facilities with hot showers are located on-site
  • 13 of the spaces are packed with gravel – good for RVs, travel trailers, and other vehicles
  • 12 of the spaces are packed with sand – good for tent camping
The park also has cabins for rent, a community building, pavilions with picnic tables, and a primitive area for group camping. It is open year round and when you consider South Carolina’s usually gentle climate during the winter months, it is a great place to celebrate the holidays.

When you make your reservation it must be for a minimum of two consecutive nights. To make a reservation to stay at Givhans Ferry State Park you can visit their booking website or call 1-866-345-PARK (7275). If your reservation is less than three days out (say, you call Wednesday to make a reservation for Friday) then you must make it through the park.

Givhans Ferry State Park does allow pets but not in the cabin areas or the cabins. All pets must be on a leash that is not longer than 6 feet or under physical restraint at all times. Pets that are dangerous, noisy or that harass or threaten the wildlife are not allowed and the owners will be asked to remove them.

Snowbird Special
Several South Carolina State Park campgrounds are offering 30 day campsite reservations at 50 percent off. This deal will run from December 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016. Givhans Ferry is not the only park that is participating.
The beauty of this is that the climate in South Carolina is so mild. This past year I went to the beach at Sullivan’s Island in October, December, and January to shoot the sunrise and sunset. Sure, you might need a jacket, but there are only about six weeks of “winter” weather and by this former Montana girl’s standards, it ain’t nuthin.
Bring some sweaters, a jacket, and long sleeved shirts, but also carry your spring and summer attire as well. I’ve been told by the locals that there have been many Christmas’ where everyone was wearing shorts.

My advice
You didn’t ask for it but I’m going to give it to you anyway. If you are planning on visiting here (or really anywhere along the East Coast) keep in mind that there has been a great deal of rain and flooding and when I say there are mosquitoes out I am not kidding. Bring along lots of insect repellant because the mosquitoes are everywhere.
Now for the science lesson (you didn’t ask for that either, but…). Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. When they lay their eggs then the water dries up, the eggs remain dormant – sometimes for a very, very long time. Then, when there is a significant weather event like the one that occurred recently along the East Coast and caused all the flooding, those dormant eggs are reactivated. The result is an off the charts mosquito population.

Before you make your reservation, go read my post on how to control mosquitoes at your campsite. Then go out there and enjoy the beauty of South Carolina.

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