Paddle Through History On

The Revolutionary Rivers

Silhouette photo of Francis Marion

“We steer the boat, we don’t alter the river.” – J. Earp

Col Francis Marion - the Swamp Fox

The SC Revolutionary Rivers Trail® follows the Lynches Scenic River from Lynches River County Park to the cypress and tupelo-laden stomping grounds of Revolutionary War hero General Francis Marion. The fact Marion and his band of militia could simply disappear into the cypress swamplands earned him the name Swamp Fox.
Designated as a National Water Trail in 2022, the 66-mile trail offers paddlers a captivating experience of floating through swampland that was once traversed by Patriots engaged in guerrilla warfare against the Loyalists.
These stretches of river appeal to more than just history enthusiasts – birders and ecologists appreciate this terrain’s rich biodiversity as well.
The SC Revolutionary Rivers Trail features a series of short excursions and overnight rustic camping opportunities, as well as a platform campsite.

South Carolina's Revolutionary Rivers Logo with Francis Marion

FOReVR Platform Campsite

Finished FoRevR Camping Platform
SC's Revolutionary Rivers Landing map

What is FORevR?

Friends of the Revolutionary Rivers

Through active conservation, education and responsible use, the mission of Friends of Revolutionary Rivers
(FORevR) is to protect and promote the natural, historic, and recreational resources of the SC Revolutionary Rivers National Water Trail located within the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.

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Current FORevR Projects
  • making paddling excursions available to underprivileged students and to individuals with physical, mental and/or behavioral disabilities
  • clearing fallen trees, making full route accessible by boat
  • promoting awareness of the historical significance of the SC Revolutionary Rivers Trail
  • developing platform camping opportunities along the trail
Get Involved with FORevR

To be a part of the Friends group for the 66 miles of Lynches Scenic River included in the SC Revolutionary Rivers National Water Trail, from Lynches River County Park to the Great Pee Dee River, contact Barry Frick with RiverRat’s Canoe Rentals at 843-389-4656, or Jade Perkins at the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau at 843-664-0330 or email [email protected].

Venters Landing to Snow's Lake

Morning trip near Johnsonville (please make reservations 2 weeks in advance)

Time: 3-hour paddle
Minimum 5 people
Cost: $60 for adults, $40 for 12 and younger
Age minimum: 4 years old
Experience level: Experienced (must be able to steer kayak)
Description: This excursion leaves from Venters Landing and takes out at Snow’s Lake. The group may stop for a snack and break halfway along the route.

5 Hour Indigo Landing Gathering

Leisurely 5-hour paddle

Time: 8:30am only
Minimum 4 people (less than 4, add $10 per person)
Cost: $50 for adults, $30 for 12 and younger
Age minimum: 4 years old
Experience level: Beginner
Description: The group gathers at Indigo Landing and transportation is provided to the departure point. This excursion leaves from Highway 52 Landing and takes out at Indigo Landing. The group may stop for a snack and break halfway along the route.

2 Hour Indigo Landing Gathering

Leisurely 2-hour paddle

Time: 9am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm
Minimum 4 people (less than 4, add $10 per person)
Cost: $35 for adults, $20 for 12 and younger
Age minimum: 4 years old
Experience level: Beginner
Description: The group gathers at Indigo Landing and transportation is provided to the departure point. This excursion leaves from “The Other Place” and takes out at Indigo Landing. The group may stop for a snack and break halfway along the route.
Dog friendly?: Yes, but the customer is responsible for providing any necessary flotation devices for animals.

Persimmon Bluff to Snow's Lake

Morning trip near Johnsonville (please make reservations 2 weeks in advance)

Time: hour-and-a-half paddle
Minimum 2 people
Cost: $40 for adults, $25 for 12 and younger
Age minimum: 4 years old
Experience level: Experienced (must be able to steer kayak)
Description: This excursion leaves from Persimmon Bluff and takes out at Snow’s Lake. The group may stop for a snack and swim halfway along the route.

Kayak Rental Outfitters

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RiverRat’s Kayak & Canoe Rentals

Barry Frick has always been known as the RiverRat. He’s paddled Lynches River since he was just a boy. In 2008, Barry bought six old canoes from a buddy. He would let his friends borrow them, then one day they started paying him to use them, next thing you know other people are asking to borrow them. And just like that, RiverRat’s began. We now house 100 or more boats and take trips down Lynches River seven days a week.

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Naturally Outdoors Outfitters

From kayaks and paddleboards to life jackets and accessories, we have everything you need to make a splash and stay safe while doing it. Our knowledgeable staff is also here to assist you with any questions, providing guidance on the best equipment for your needs. Don’t let the summer pass without enjoying all the fantastic water sports and activities available – stop by Naturally Outdoors today and get ready to make some great memories.

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Lynches River County Park

Located on Lynches River in the Pee Dee region, this 676-acre park features a river swamp with towering cypress trees, as well as sand hills, offering a wide variety of vegetation.

Popular activities at the park include canoeing, camping, nature trails, Splash Pad, picnicking, geocaching, and a visit to the Environmental Discovery Center. Our 6,400+ square foot community building can accommodate groups of up to 400 people.

Park Hours
9:00am to Sunset (year round)
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Environmental Discovery Center/Canopy Walk Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM