Berkeley County has more navigable waterways than any other county in South Carolina.
The Berkeley County Blueways paddling trail system identifies over 175 miles of navigable water course from 23 trails and is a result of the vision and efforts of many individuals and organizations working in partnership. The Berkeley Soil and Water Conservation District has served as the coordinating agency with supporting grants from Berkeley County Government and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made available through the SCDHEC Office of Coastal Resource Management.
Berkeley Blueways is a partner with Paddle SC which is a statewide coalition working to improve access to blueways – or paddle trails – throughout South Carolina. The main stakeholders are Upstate Forever, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, Palmetto Conservation Foundation, Berkeley County Blueways, and Paddlesports Industry Association; but many other organizations and individuals have been involved. Currently Paddle SC offers over two and a half thousand miles of water trails in South Carolina.
On behalf of all whom have enjoyed the trails, we offer many thanks to Berkeley County government, Santee Cooper and the US Forest Service for their enthusiastic cooperation, as the waters and landings described on this website are under their care and stewardship. Along with other partners, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has provided valuable insight and technical services toward the development of this project. Special thanks are given to the staff of the GIS Department of Berkeley County Government who has developed many of the graphics and aerial photography on this website. Lastly, special thanks are given to individuals of the Carolina Gypsy Paddlers who assisted in the survey of each waterway listed and brought to light the value that a paddling trail program would contribute to the recreational opportunities in Berkeley County.
It is the desire of this partnership that the Berkeley County Blueways should be viewed as an open invitation for recreational paddlers to experience and enjoy the abundant and beautiful lakes, rivers, streams, forests and wildlife we have to offer.