Paddle SC

Paddle SC

Who is Paddle SC?

Paddle SC 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.

What is the purpose of this website?

This website was developed to provide all the information you need to plan an outing on South Carolina waters in one place. The main feature is an interactive map that helps you explore blueways that fit your needs. Detailed trip description pages allow users to view sections of blueways, get essential information about where to begin and end a trip, identify skill level and water flow needed, submit trip comments and photos, and a whole lot more.

How do I use this website?

There are two ways to search the map: by waterway or by suggested trip. Searching by waterway (Explore Waterways) will return rivers, creeks, streams, lakes, or coastal paddling opportunities near you. Detailed waterway pages include a comprehensive overview of that body of water, including a waterway summary, a map of all river accesses and points of interest, and a full list of suggested trips available on that waterway. Searching by trip (Browse Trips) allows users to find a short list of suggested trips (along with all waterways) that meet the search’s criteria including skill level, duration of a trip, and location.

• Looking for a paddling adventure along a specific river or creek? Search by Waterway.

• Looking for an easy 2-hour paddling trip in the Upstate, SC region? Search by Trip.

Where does the information come from?

Paddle SC stakeholders are working hard to gather as much information as possible. We rely on local knowledge from partners across the state to provide high quality information. If there’s something missing from the map, please let us know (Contact Us).  Your feedback will help us continue to improve this resource!

Why an online map?

Having an online map allows us to provide extensive details about blueways and real-time information about flows, which can’t be included on a paper map. This format also lets us quickly share up-to-date information. The online map is mobile responsive for easy use on a smartphone during trips (we recommend a waterproof case!).  

The online map allows you to easily search waterways across the state to quickly identify those that interest you. Whether you’re looking for a short beginner paddle or a multi-day advanced adventure, we can help you find it! The website also lets you keep track of your paddling adventures, as well as share photos and feedback with others. Sign up for a free account (Create Account) to share your adventures and trip feedback with others!

How can I get a paper map?

You can print out information from the website by clicking on the Printer Friendly Version, or download map files for use with GPS units. Many waterways also have associated blueway maps; you can download a PDF of the map (if available) on a waterway or individual trip page. Professionally printed paper maps may be available for some rivers in the Upstate and throughout the rest of the state.

What else do I need to know when using this website?

Be safe. Show respect. Have fun. Be a good waterway steward and show respect for the places that are available for public use and enjoyment.

Share your knowledge. Sign up for a free Paddle SC account (Create Account) and submit trip reports to help keep information current and accurate. This makes it more useful for everyone, and also helps waterway managers and landowners better manage their river accesses. Also, don’t forget to tell your friends about Paddle SC and like us on Facebook!

Give us feedback. Let us know what works well and what we can do to make it even better (Contact Us).

Help us keep Paddle SC free. Consider making a tax-deductible donation to help Paddle SC grow. Are you a corporate donor? Support Paddle SC and get your business profiled on our Sponsors & Partners page. Contact Us for more information.


Paddle SC is presented by
Upstate Forever
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
Rainey Foundation