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Blackwater River Race

The Blackwater River Race returned in 2018 after a hiatus caused by debris blocking the Edisto River due to storms and flooding.

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:

North Fork

• 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.

South Fork

• 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.

More information about kayak trails and access sites can be found at www.edistofriends.org or www.gopaddlesc.com

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Contact the writer: bharris@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5516.

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Bradley Harris is a Government and Sports Reporter. The Irmo, SC native is a 2018 graduate of Claflin University and recipient of the 2018 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

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