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Paddling South Carolina

An Informative Guide:

Paddling South Carolina's Rivers

Photo of front cover of Paddling South Carolina book goes here.

By Susan J. Young

This isn't a book that wows readers with fantastic color photography or razzle-dazzle features. It's a meat-and-potatoes kind of book that does precisely what's needed. Appropriate for both beginner and experienced paddlers, the book is methodical in its approach to paddling on South Carolina rivers. It will be particularly helpful to first timers.

Initial chapters deal with such topics as the state's climate and river landscapes. The authors provide tips and general advice for paddlers in handling outdoor flora and fauna (including poison ivy, snakes and alligators) and outdoor nuisances like thunderstorms, hypothermia and insects.

In addition, the book provides basic information on how to plan a canoeing trip, what to take along, the ins and outs of South Carolina road signs, travel time, boating regulations, and what else to know before you head out. 

A big part of the book is dedicated to details about specific rivers, so one chapter covers "How to Use River Information." It's critical to understanding the rest of the book.

Then we get into the guts of the book -- the specifics about the state's rivers by region, from Low Country waterways to the Piedmont and Midlands rivers, and from mountain rivers to others that don't fit the preceding categories.

The book talks about difficulty of the rivers, the gradient, access points, distance between put-in points, hazards, rapids and so on. It's a straightforward approach to what you'll find on the rivers and how best to enjoy your time on the river.

The author Jack Horan has 30 years of paddling experience and is a well-known journalist and outdoor adventure columnist for the Charlotte Observer.

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com (just click on the Amazon.com logo on the main page of our Book Review page or other main pages of this site).

ISBN numbers are 10: 0-87844-161-1 and 13: 978-0-87844-161-7. The first edition was published in 1996, with the second edition out in 2005.


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