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Maritime Research Division


Ashley River Heritage Trail

The Ashley River Heritage Trail is canoeing/kayaking trail on which eight maritime archaeological sites exposed at low tide.

The Ashley River Heritage Trail, approximately 5 1/2 river miles in length, incorporates a number of shipwrecks and landings visible at low tide in the upper reaches of the Ashley River. The site represent a variety of structures and vessel types including wooden sailing and motorized craft, a barge, a tugboat of composite wood and concrete construction, and colonial landings.  Sites range from the 18th to 19th centuries.  Created in 1996 during a state initiative by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, the trail is a component of one of several Heritage Corridors in the state to facilitate independent exploration of natural and cultural features from the Upcountry (mountains) to the Lowcountry (coast). The trail slate provides information regarding each site's archaeological and historical context, particularily as it pertains to Charleston, plantations, phosphate mining, and transportation.

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Ashley River Heritage Trail Information Slate (pdf)

Related Information

1997. Harris, Lynn. "The Archaeological Canoe Trail on the Ashley River." Legacy. Vol. 2, No. 2. July. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina. pp. 24-25.

1997. Harris, Lynn B. "The Ashley River Survey: Assessing Nineteenth-Century Inland Workboats." Conference Paper. Society for Historical Archaeology Conference. Society for Historical Archaeology.

1996. Harris, Lynn. "Shipwreck Work Continues on Banks of the Ashley River." Legacy. Vol. 1, No. 1. July. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina. pp. 18-19.

1996. Harris, Lynn. "Survey of Submerged Cultural Resources in the Ashley River, Dorchester County, South Carolina." Stephenson Award Publication Series. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina.