This paddling trail follows the Beaufort River, connecting the two historic cities of Beaufort and Port Royal, SC. Paddle past vast salt marsh and numerous historical coastal sites.
This trip is best run one way on a falling or rising tide, or up and back on the rising and falling tides. If you are paddling from Port Royal to Beaufort, you want to find a rising tide; from Beaufort to Port Royal, a falling tide.
Hazards that may be encountered include open water, wind-generated waves, strong tidal currents, large vessels using the Intracoastal Waterway, and summertime heat and thunderstorms.
Be aware of weather conditions. Up to the minute forecasts should be consulted before beginning this trip. Strong winds should be avoided.