On June 4, 2022, the South Carolina Revolutionary Rivers® trail in Florence County was designated a National Water Trail by the US Department of the Interior. This classification puts the river trail on a short list of the best paddling trails in the country. It’s a very timely designation, with the state’s initiative to commemorate the events surrounding the War of Independence beginning this year.
The South Carolina Revolutionary Rivers® trail highlights the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution, and in particular, the famous “Swamp Fox” General Francis Marion.
This trail follows the Lynches Scenic River from Lynches River County Park to the confluence with the Pee Dee River. The 60 miles of river offers paddlers the captivating experience of floating through swampland that was traversed by Patriots engaged in guerrilla warfare against the Loyalists in 1780-81.
These stretches of river appeal to more than just history enthusiasts. Birders and ecologists also appreciate this terrain’s rich biodiversity. Paddlers often spy wild boar, beavers, otters, endangered birds, and a variety of fish and vegetation along the trail.
For more information, please call 843-664-0330 or visit visitflo.com/revolutionary-rivers to view a map of public access points. A waterproof river map denoting boat landings is available at no cost. Before heading out on the water, call an outfitter or guide listed below for excursion recommendations. Both short and long excursions, as well as screened platforms for overnight use, are available.
Lynches River County Park
5094 County Park Road, Coward
RiverRat’s Canoe Rentals
2740 Indigo Landing Road, Scranton