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Floating Through The Olde English District

Floating Through The Olde English District

Discover the natural beauty surrounding South Carolina’s waterways by floating through rivers, ponds and lakes. We’ve compiled a guide for exploring the Olde English District by water. So break out the paddles, and set out for your water-bound adventure.  

Andrew Jackson State Park 

Experience the 20-acre lake at Andrew Jackson State Park from the seat of a kayak or canoe. This is the perfect spot for someone looking for a gentle cruise on a calm body of water. (Admission: $3/adult; $1.50/senior; $1/child ages 6-15; Ages 5 and under enter for free.)

Cheraw State Park

Bring your own or rent a kayak or canoe at Cheraw State Park to experience Lake Juniper. This 360-acre body of water is surrounded by cypress wetlands and white cedars. It has been a floater’s favorite for years. (Canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and SUP boards rent for $15/hr; admission is free.)

Floating Through The Olde English District
Cheraw State Park

Ebenezer Park

Rock Hill’s Ebenezer Park offers 26 acres of outdoor opportunities. The park is located on the shore of Lake Wylie and features a boat ramp for those looking to take on the water. For the land-lovers, the sandy area is great for soaking in the sunshine. (Daily admission ranges from $1-5, depending on age and residency.)

Goodale State Park

Conveniently located near Camden, South Carolina, Goodale State Park is great for those who prefer water excursions through the wilderness. The three-mile canoe trail is a relaxing paddle through the forest, offering scenic views of plants and wildlife. (Canoes and kayaks are $10/half day, $20/full day; admission is free.)

Goodale State Park
Goodale State Park

Lake Wateree State Park

Lake Wateree touches three counties (Fairfield, Chester and Kershaw), but the main access is at Lake Wateree State Parks near Great Falls. The lake as a whole is a great place for all types of water lovers. Kayakers and canoers specifically can paddle around the shores of the 13,000-acre lake or fish for Striper and other freshwater fish. If you do not have your own kayak or canoe, you can rent one for $25 for a half day or $40 for the full day.  (Admission: $3/adult; $1.50/senior; $1/child ages 6-15; ages 5 and under enter for free.)

Floating Through The Olde English District
Lake Wateree State Park

Landsford Canal State Park

Landsford Canal State Park is home to the world’s largest population of Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies. Experiencing the bloom (May through mid-June) while paddling down the Catawba River is an unforgettable experience. (Admission: $6/adult; $3.75/senior; $3.50/ child ages 6-15; Ages 5 and under enter for free.)

Floating Through The Olde English District
Landsford Canal State Park

River Park

Located along the Catawba River in Rock Hill, River Park features nature trails and river access. Paddling enthusiasts and beginners alike can enjoy the thrills of the river and the 70-acre park. (Admission is free.)

Riverwalk – Catawba River Access

Grab your friends and float down the Catawba River. The calm water offers a great adventure for paddlers of all skill levels. The recommended age of the paddler, however, is 12 years or older. (Admission is free.)

Floating Through The Olde English District
Photo courtesy of Visit York County

Stumpy Pond

Great for beginners, Stumpy Pond is connected to Rocky Creek Lake. Kayakers can float with little movement because of the minimal boat traffic on the pond. (Admission is free.)

Tyger River Canoeing Trail 

Flowing through the Piedmont section of Sumter National Forest is the Tyger River Canoe Trail. It features small marshy areas and hanging trees, creating a scenic float. (Admission is free.)

Bonus: Whitewater Area in Great Falls

Though not necessarily a “floating” destination, the Whitewater Area in Great Falls allows skilled paddlers to access the natural whitewater of the Catawba River.