Kayakers, canoers and other boaters seeking a place to relax and have fun can find several spots to access and enjoy the Edisto River.
The north and south forks of the river flow through Orangeburg County and offer more than 10 river access sites.
According to Friends of the Edisto, the access sites include:
• Pooles Mill Landing at Hwy. 3 bridge, near Lexington County line.
• Jones Bridge Landing at Hwy. 394 bridge, near North.
• Carson Park Landing at Hwy. 321 bridge, near North.
• Slab Landing Road bridge, near Wolfton.
• Baughman Landing at Shillings Bridge Road bridge, west of Orangeburg.
• Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg.
• Orangeburg Landing in the park below Hwy. 301/601 bridge.
• Livingston Landing off Road 49, south of Orangeburg near the fish hatchery.
• Pou’s Landing (private access, off Road 49, south of Orangeburg beyond the fish hatchery).
• Rowe’s Bridge Landing at Road 39 bridge, near Rowesville.
• Kill Kare Landing off Road 63, west of Branchville.
• Hog Pen Landing below Hwy. 3 bridge, near Springfield.
• Ness Bridge Landing at Hwy. 70 bridge, near Finland, west of Cope.
Kayakers and canoers from the community and across the nation frequent the black water river.
The Blackwater River Race is held annually during the Festival of Roses. The 6.4-mile race begins at Baughman Landing and ends at Orangeburg Landing.
The race resumed in 2018 after a hiatus caused by an abundance of debris blocking the waterway due to storms and flooding. Areas of the river were impassable, but county officials made an effort to rid the waterways of the debris and were successful in doing so last year.