Thank you to all who attended our “Deck the Hulls” Ashley River Holiday Paddle on Saturday, December 2! We were happy to have many excited paddlers travelling down this beautiful stretch of the Ashley River.

The event opened with Dorchester County Parks and Recreation Director Eric Davis thanking everyone for attending the ribbon cutting ceremony. Mr. Davis spoke to the crowd regarding the Ashley River’s importance and how this was only the second public access point in Dorchester County on the Ashley River in nearly 30 years.

Representative Katie Arrington (District 94) spoke about the river’s crucial importance to the community, how Dorchester County citizens will have better quality of life because of the new access, and thanked all in attendance.

County Council Chairman Jay Byars addressed everyone by praising the leadership of Mr. Davis and explained how he brought this important project to the eyes of county council. Chairman Byars then honored Mr. Howard Bridgman by unveiling the name of the Ashley River kayak and canoe launch site – the Ashley River Blue Trail Howard Bridgman Access at Bacon’s Bridge.

Mr. Bridgman expressed his thanks for the county opening this important access point to the Ashley River. With large scissors in hand, Mr. Bridgman and members of the Parks and Recreation Commission cut the ribbon and opened this launch site to the public.

Canoes and kayaks lined the path to the Ashley River waiting on their turn to dip into the dark waters of the Ashley River. The boats and boaters in attendance were decked in their best holiday garb. Paddlers would meet up about 45 minutes later at the Dorchester Boat Club for local oysters and craft beer from Homegrown Brewhouse.

Boaters wishing to learn more about the Howard Bridgman Access at Bacon’s Bridge can visit:

Also, the Friends of Dorchester County Parks would like to thank all the sponsors that helped us with this event!