Set against the calm, winding South Edisto River, Aiken State Park 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 Park 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. GENERAL •Counties: Aiken •Acreage: 1,067 •When & How PRT Acquired: Purchased in 1934 from various owners. •Pets: Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. LOCATION •Driving Directions: From I-20 Westbound:Take exit 33 and drive towards Wagener. Turn right at light then an immediate right again onto Hwy. 302. That takes you straight to the park. From I-20 Eastbound:Take exit 22 onto Hwy 1 towards Aiken. Take Hwy 1 to Hwy 78 and look for park signs.