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Aiken State Natural Area

Aiken State Natural Area - BEST Places to Picnic1145 State Park RD
Windsor, SC 29856
Phone: (803) 649-2857

Welcome to Aiken State Natural Area

Set against the calm, winding South Edisto River, Aiken State Natural Area is a popular destination for the family or a budding naturalist.

The beautiful park in rural Aiken County offers canoeing in the river, peaceful picnicking, fishing in the river and the park�s spring-fed lakes, campground and trailside camping and hiking trails.

The 1,000-acre site is uniquely diverse, combining a blackwater river and swamp, bottomland forest and dry sandhill pine forest.

Aiken State Natural Area also has its place in history. It was built during the Great Depression by an African American detachment of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Interpretive signage tells their story and their work can still be seen in some of the park�s original structures and features.


Fishing Information: Enjoy fishing in one of the four park lakes or the South Fork of the Edisto River for bream, bass and catfish. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

Boating and Boat Access: Private boats are allowed on the South Fork of the Edisto River. River access is available at the state park boat landing. 

Canoe Rentals: Canoes are available for rent at the park for $15/day. This includes your life jackets and paddles.

Aiken State Natural Area also boasts a 1.7 mile canoe trail on which you can enjoy paddling your own canoe or a rental boat.

Boat Rentals: Canoes, kayaks, and non-motorized fishing boats are available for rent year round. Rentals include life jackets and paddles. Fees for rentals are $15/day. Contact the park for more information.

Paddling: Yes

Picnic Area and Shelters: Three picnic shelters are available for family or other group gatherings. Each shelter may be reserved for $25-32/day. If shelters are not reserved, guests may use shelters on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge.

To make a picnic shelter reservation, call toll-free 1-866-345-PARK or make it online by clicking on the Park Reservation button located at the upper right hand corner of this page.

Note: Admission fee is not included in shelter price. Rates listed do not include applicable tax and nonrefundable transaction fee.

Picnic Shelters: Yes

  • Boating: Yes
  • Fishing: Yes


  • Hiking Trails: Jungle Trail
  • Hiking: Yes

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