PLACES TO EXPLORE
Congaree National Park
This park is home to the largest intact expanse of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the southeastern United States, and you can explore it by paddling along Cedar Creek, a scenic blackwater stream that winds through the park for about 15 miles. You will see towering trees, diverse wildlife, and stunning scenery as you glide through this natural wonderland. Whether you want a day trip or a longer overnight excursion, you can find a trip that suits your skill level and schedule.
Congaree River Blue Trail
If you love kayaking and nature, you'll want to check out the Congaree River Blue Trail. This scenic route stretches for 50 miles along the Congaree and Lower Saluda rivers, offering a variety of paddling experiences for all skill levels. You can explore the rich biodiversity of the Congaree National Park, see the historic landmarks of Columbia, or enjoy the rapids and fishing spots of the Lower Saluda. Whether you're looking for a day trip or a multi-day adventure, the Congaree River Blue Trail has something for everyone.
Dreher Island State Park
Dreher Island State Park is a kayaker's paradise! With 12 miles of shoreline and three islands to explore, you'll never run out of scenic views and wildlife sightings. Whether you're looking for a relaxing paddle or a challenging adventure, you'll find it at Dreher Island. You can rent kayaks from our shop or bring your own and launch from one of the park's ramps. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the beauty and tranquility of Lake Murray!
Saluda River (USE EXTREME CAUTION)
The Saluda River is a scenic destination for kayaking enthusiasts of all levels. You can enjoy the natural beauty of the river, its wildlife and its rapids as you paddle along. Whether you are looking for a relaxing float or a thrilling adventure, the Saluda River has something for you. However, you should always use caution when kayaking on the river, as the water level and flow can change quickly. Make sure you check the weather and river conditions before you go, and wear appropriate safety gear. Due to safety concerns River Runner does not allow rental equipment on this section. Our shop can help you with all your kayaking needs and provide you with tips and advice on how to have a fun and safe experience on the Saluda River.