Ridgeville, SC – A new website and map was released today for the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak (ERCK) Trail.
The website (www.ERCKTrail.org) includes downloadable maps, a listing of all access points, the estimated distance between each section, river safety information, and recommendations for camping and activities along the river. The printed map is waterproof and available for purchase via the website. Map sale proceeds will benefit the ERCK Trail Commission.
The project is a joint partnership between Colleton County, Dorchester County, and the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor (SCNHC) in an effort to promote one of South Carolina’s most unique natural assets. The trail covers a 62-mile stretch of the Edisto River, the longest free-flowing blackwater river in the United States and one of the longest worldwide.
“South Carolina has always been a hotspot for amazing outdoor recreation opportunities, and the Edisto River is an outstanding setting,” said SCNHC President and CEO Michelle McCollum. “Branding and providing resources to navigate the trail will encourage more visitors and locals to enjoy an experience that is unlike any other in the nation.”
According to Dorchester County Parks and Recreation Director Eric Davis, making the trail more accessible and easier to navigate will also have a positive impact for the local economy. “The Edisto River has a long established history of supporting outdoor recreation and economic growth,” Davis stated. “The website and map project is simply building upon this tradition to improve these experiences.”
The ERCK Trail Commission was established by Colleton County in 1989 and has been the designated authority for the development, preservation, and protection of the trail ever since. Efforts to transform the ERCK Trail Commission to a joint county commission between Dorchester and Colleton are currently underway.
“Since the original program started about 30 years ago, we are shedding new light on the trail to make sure it is enjoyed and protected for generations to come,” said ERCK Trail Commission founding member Charlie Sweat.
For more information on the ERCK Trail and how to purchase a waterproof map visit www.ERCKTrail.org.