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8300 Dorchester Rd Ste B, North Charleston, SC 29418
8300 Dorchester Rd Ste B, North Charleston, SC 29418

Sievert Electrical Contractors LLC

Electricians in Cottageville, SC

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Some of our most requested residential electrical services include the following.

Electricians Cottageville, SC

Electrical Services for Spas and Pools

Looking to add value to your home? Installing a spa or pool is a wonderful idea to add to your list. Plus, your backyard barbecues will be much more fun. The process of installing a pool or spa isn't something you can handle on your own, though. You will need a team of experienced electricians in Cottageville, SC to ensure your system is set up correctly. That way, you can enjoy your pool or spa for years to come, and it'll be in great working order when it's time to sell.

Why Do I Need an Electrical Contractor for Pool or Spa Installation?

Installing a pool or spa is a very involved job that includes more than digging out space for a pool or spa. These units are very complex and have a whole host of electrical needs, from heating units and filters to color-changing lights that wow your guests. Having a professional install these parts is vital. Otherwise, you'll be swimming in a dirty, near-freezing pool or spa.

Hiring Sievert Electrical Contractors guarantees your pool or spa will be in proper working order for years and years.

EV Charging Station Installation

Finding a reliable EV charging station when you're out and about is still a gamble in this day and age. While EV charger availability is improving, most EV owners prefer to have a charging station installed at home. But doing so is easier said than done and often requires the help of a professional electrician.

Why Do I Need an Electrical Contractor for EV Charging Station Installation?

If you're like most homeowners, you don't have the proper permit to install your own EV charging station. For that reason alone, you need to rely on a pro who has the right tools and electrical know-how to handle the job. Plus, EV chargers need much more voltage than standard electrical systems you may find in your home. That makes installing these devices much more dangerous than average appliances. Hiring Sievert Electrical Contractors to install your charging station ensures it's completed quickly, correctly, and safely.

Electricians Cottageville, SC
Electricians Cottageville, SC

Standby & Portable Generators

South Carolina's hurricane season is nothing to take lightly. Every year, homeowners in the Lowcountry prepare for high winds, heavy storms, and even evacuation. One of the best ways to protect your home and family in the event of a power outage is to purchase a standby or portable generator that can power your home when electricity is out.

At Sievert Electrical, we offer the equipment and electrical services needed to keep your lights on during emergency power outages. As an Authorized Generac dealer in South Carolina, our standby and portable generators can give you the power you need when it matters most. Contact our office today to discuss what type of Generac generator is best for your home or business.

Why Do I Need an Electrical Contractor for Generator Installation?

It's always a safe choice to rely on professionals than yourself when electrical matters are involved. That's true for generator installation, too. At Sievert Electrical Contractors, our team uses OSHA and National Electrical Code standards when installing residential and commercial generators. We know how to properly install generators, maintain them, and recommend them depending on your needs.

Because we truly care about your property and your family, we always take great care to operate with safety and efficiency in mind. When we're done, you'll know without a doubt that you made the right choice hiring our electricians in Cottageville, SC

Commercial Upfits

Here at Sievert Electrical Contractors, one of our many commercial services involves turning working vehicles into vehicles that work for you. Whether you're an electrician or occupy a different profession, our commercial upfit services will help make your workday easier and more productive, so you can be more profitable.

Our commercial upfits help experts with a wide range of issues, including:

Electricians Cottageville, SC

Organization: One of the most common complaints we hear from tradespeople and business owners is that their trucks or vans are an organizational mess. Our upfit services help you get organized, so you're not having to toss important tools into the back of your truck.

Efficiency: With our commercial upfits in place, you won't waste time trying to find all those items you had to toss in the back of your truck. Our upfits let you carry more gear, maximize your space, and ultimately be more productive.

Professionalism: When you travel to a client's home or business, you need to present a proper image of professionalism. You'll give the wrong impression if your work van is messy and disorganized.

Don't see the commercial electric service you need? Chances are we can still help. Give our office a call today and let us know about the challenges you're facing. In the meantime, here are some additional commercial services that we offer:

  • New Business Construction Wiring
  • Commercial Upfits
  • Panel Upgrades
  • Electrical Grounding
  • Circuit Testing
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement
  • Troubleshooting
  • Commercial Lighting Installation
  • Rewiring and Remodels
  • Safety Inspections
Industrial Panel Upgrades and Installations

Industrial Panel Upgrades and Installations


Are you fed up with spending money on new fuses? Do your employees nag you about weird electrical glitches that interrupt their workflow? If so, it's time to call Sievert Electrical. Our team of commercial electricians will diagnose and remediate your electric panel problems quickly and effectively.

Installing or updating the panels in your industrial facility protects you, your co-workers, employees, and your building from electrical fire risks. Electrical panel installation from our electricians in Cottageville, SC is important because it protects your other electrical systems, which prolongs the overall lifespan of your system. Safety is always our top priority at Sievert Electrical Contractors, which is why we believe the right way is the only way to install or upgrade your industrial-grade electrical panels.

Our industrial panel services include:

  • Rewiring
  • Updating
  • Replacing
  • Age of System
  • Bringing Systems Up to Code
Industrial Electric Repair

Industrial Electric Repair


When it comes to electrical repair services, serving industrial needs is often more comprehensive and complex than those in the residential space.

Industrial electricians must deal with more complex electrical systems. These advanced systems often need different equipment and tools when repairs to industrial-grade elements are required. Unlike residential repairs, in industrial settings, electrical systems are usually custom-made for the facility and include unique parts with higher voltages than in the typical home. And while no electrical issue is good, industrial failures have massive repercussions that can often shut enterprises down when their temperature control, machinery, and automated PLCs are affected.

For those reasons alone, you need the best electric pros to perform industrial-level electric repairs. Fortunately, Sievert Electrical Contractors is here to help. Our industrial electricians have the experience and expertise to tackle the most complicated industrial electric repairs, whether you own a warehouse, medical center, or another type of industrial facility.

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The Tri-County Area's Most Trusted Electricians in Cottageville, SC

Don't leave your home or business in the hands of unqualified handymen or unlicensed contractors. With decades of combined experience, Sievert Electrical Contractors specializes in a wide variety of custom electrical services. We go the extra mile to exceed expectations, because that's how we would want our families treated. Call us today to discover the Sievert Electrical difference.

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Greater Cottageville Chamber of Commerce ready to thrive

Cottageville residents have seen change in their community in the last few years, and now the Greater Cottageville Chamber of Commerce is ready to encourage more improvements.Frank Santorella, a resident of Cottageville, said he is proud of the small town and wants to showcase its beauty, friendly people, and excellent location.“We want to create a chamber of commerce here. We already have a 501-3C non-profit status, Maryann Blake is serving as our attorney, and we are ready to roll,” said Santorella. “We have...

Cottageville residents have seen change in their community in the last few years, and now the Greater Cottageville Chamber of Commerce is ready to encourage more improvements.

Frank Santorella, a resident of Cottageville, said he is proud of the small town and wants to showcase its beauty, friendly people, and excellent location.

“We want to create a chamber of commerce here. We already have a 501-3C non-profit status, Maryann Blake is serving as our attorney, and we are ready to roll,” said Santorella. “We have ‘Friends of the Park’ which is comprised of people who helped develop the park into what it is now.” He says there are also plans at the park to install a memorial with engraved bricks to honor veterans. This will be accomplished by applying for grants and accepting donations.

Santorella, who plans to initiate the chamber, will serve as a temporary director. He says he already has seven merchants who are interested in joining.

“We want to make Cottageville a destination. Red Brick Pizza and Beer Garden is the anchor store for starting the chamber,” said Santorella. “It’s a one-of-a-kind business in the entire region. Once the chamber officially opens, we want to pick a member of the chamber and promote that business each week, and once a month promote everyone. There will be a rotation, and this will be good for everybody.”

He went on to say that the brick-and-mortar stores are the life of Cottageville, not the transient businesses. He feels that transient businesses will not want to invest their funds in the chamber, but the stationary businesses are here to stay.

“I think the people of Cottageville will be positively affected by the chamber and will accept it with open arms. Hopefully, this will bring even more businesses our way. Our only option now is to travel to Summerville or Walterboro to purchase some items. That’s between 15 to 20 miles away. Cottageville has a lot of people in the rural areas, and though our local gas stations try hard to serve the needs of the community, it would be nice to have boutique shops here. We already have a new vape store that has a coffee bar. So we are starting off well,” said Santorella.

He is hoping to have the new chamber up and running by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

“There will be a fee for stores to become part of the chamber,” said Santorella, who gathered ideas and patterned the Cottageville chamber after the City of Walteboro’s. “I received ideas on how to structure the fees. They won’t be impressive because social media provides a lot of free advertising. We will have a website and newsletter for the community. We will be out there,” he added.

Anyone interested in joining the new chamber can write to: Greater Cottageville Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 464, Cottageville, SC, 29435. Businesses can also contact Santorella on Facebook at Friends of the Park or call The Vape Stop at 843-701-4262.

Where to see Christmas lights in the Charleston area

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Grab a cup of hot chocolate and turn the Christmas tunes on the radio – there are several options for checking out Christmas lights beyond your neighborhood.Enjoy a night with friends and family as you drive through bright shining lights on display in Moncks Corner, North Charleston, Cottageville, and the largest drive-thru holiday light event at James Island County Park.Holiday Festival of Lights – James Island County Park871 Riverland Dr, CharlestonA...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Grab a cup of hot chocolate and turn the Christmas tunes on the radio – there are several options for checking out Christmas lights beyond your neighborhood.

Enjoy a night with friends and family as you drive through bright shining lights on display in Moncks Corner, North Charleston, Cottageville, and the largest drive-thru holiday light event at James Island County Park.

Holiday Festival of Lights – James Island County Park871 Riverland Dr, Charleston

A trip to the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park is a Christmas-time tradition filled with thousands of dazzling lights and displays.

Guests are invited to drive along a three-mile stretch lined with more than 700 light displays each night through December 31. A stop at Winter Wonderland – about halfway through the drive – gives you an opportunity to stretch your legs and view the area’s largest holiday sand sculpture.

You can view shops, search for gifts, or enjoy sweet treats or a cup of hot chocolate. Hop on a train ride for a fun look at light displays or take a stroll through the Enchanted Walking Trail for a fun look at nature-themed light displays.

Santa Claus will meet children each night from November 21 – December 23. Plus, enjoy an array of large greeting cards decorated by students from across the Charleston area.

Ticket prices on a regular night will cost $15 per vehicle if purchased online at HolidayFestivalofLights.com or $20 at the gate. Peak night prices increase to $25 per vehicle online and $30 at the gate.

The 33rd Annual Holiday Festival of Lights is open every evening from November 11 through December 31 from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

The Lights at Park Circle4800 Park Circle, North Charleston

Pack up the car and take a drive or go for a relaxing stroll around North Charleston’s Park Circle to see dozens of Christmas light displays.

Trees, lights, and displays will be shining bright around the circle at the Felix C. Davis Community Center.

City leaders say the lights will shine until New Year’s Day. There is no fee to enjoy the lights.

Bee City Zoo’s Christmas Wonderland of Lights1066 Holly Ridge Ln. Cottageville, SC 29435

On select nights in November and December, guests can enjoy a combination of animals and Christmas lights at Bee City Zoo’s Christmas Wonderland of Lights festival.

Santa Claus will make a special appearance during some nights of the event for a photo opportunity.

Those attending can also attend an ‘Australian Walkabout’ which is included in the price of admission. And for some additional costs, you can enjoy roasting s’mores, ornament decorating, grabbing a cup of hot chocolate, or feeding animals during the festival.

Admission is $12 or you can purchase a combo pass which includes day access to the zoo and entry to the lights at $20. Click here to learn more.

Holiday Lights Driving Tour – Old Santee Canal Park900 Stoney Landing Rd, Moncks Corner

Celebrate the season with family and friends on a driving tour filled with sparkling Christmas lights and displays at Old Santee Canal Park powered by Santee Cooper.

The event runs each night from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. from November 25 – December 30. It will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Admission to the event is $5 per vehicle. Proceeds benefit local charities.

Guests will enter the Holiday Lights Driving Tour at 1 Riverwood Drive in Moncks Corner.

“The beautiful LED lighting displays are powered by 100% Santee Cooper Green Power, which is Green-e Energy certified and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions,” organizers said.

Santee Cooper is also inviting guests to attend its two-night event ‘Holiday in the Park’ on November 24 and 25. You’ll have the chance to meet Santa Claus, enjoy crafts, roast marshmallows, and sample some seasonal foods.

“This event is included with admission to Holiday Lights Driving Tour, which runs through Dec. 30, so you can start your holiday season early at this fun-filled meetup,” said organizers.

To learn more or purchase tickets online, please click here.

Cougar Night Lights – The College of CharlestonNear the corner of George and St. Philip Streets

A holiday tradition that brings a fun and dazzling light show to the College of Charleston’s Cistern Yard and Randolph Hall will light up with the spirit of the season each night, offering a holiday light show featuring festive music and visual performances each half-hour from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The display will be open to the public beginning December 1 through January 2. It is free to view and this year’s show will include new music and lighting displays.

Visitors can find the Cistern Yard at the corner of George and St. Philip Streets. Public parking garages are available at two nearby locations – the George Street Garage and the St. Philip Street Garage.

Did we miss something? Email us with details about a local Christmas light show.

Election brings out 46.16% of local voters

A record 46.16 percent of Colleton County voters turned out in the Nov. 8 general election, casting 12,773 votes of 27,671 registered voters.Winners were:Probate JudgeREP Ceth Utsey, 98.77%, 8,785Write-In, 1.23%, 109Total 8,894AuditorREP Jeffrey Slocum, 98.91%, 8,770Write-In, 1.09%, 97Total 8,867County TreasurerREP Becky S Hill, 98.83%, 8,882Write-In, 1.17%, 105Total 8,987County Council At LargeREP Bubba Trippe, 62.20%, 7,793DEM Hi...

A record 46.16 percent of Colleton County voters turned out in the Nov. 8 general election, casting 12,773 votes of 27,671 registered voters.

Winners were:

Probate Judge

REP Ceth Utsey, 98.77%, 8,785

Write-In, 1.23%, 109

Total 8,894

Auditor

REP Jeffrey Slocum, 98.91%, 8,770

Write-In, 1.09%, 97

Total 8,867

County Treasurer

REP Becky S Hill, 98.83%, 8,882

Write-In, 1.17%, 105

Total 8,987

County Council At Large

REP Bubba Trippe, 62.20%, 7,793

DEM Hiram EM Davis, 37.65%, 4,717

Write-In, 0.14%, 18

Total 12,528

County Council District 23

REP Scott Biering, 51.75%, 3,306

DEM Art Williams, 48.11%, 3,073

Write-In, 0.14%, 9

Total 6,388

County Council District 45

REP Steven D Murdaugh, 98.69%, 4,899

Write-In, 1.31%, 65

Total 4,964

Soil and Water District Commission

Gary S Herndon, 50.50%, 4,655

Gerald T Mabry, 48.31%, 4,453

Write-In, 1.19%, 110

Total 9,218

School Board District 2

Daryl Erwin, 97.38%, 1,117

Write-In, 2.62%, 30

Total 1,147

School Board District 4

William Bowman Jr, 21.83%, 296

Anna S Bright, 22.05%, 299

Craig Stivender, 55.68%, 755

Write-In, 0.44%, 6

Total 1,356

School Board District 6

Wayne Shider, 41.97%, 504

Lynn Carter Stroble, 57.70%, 693

Write-In, 0.33%, 4

Total 1,201

Capital Project Sales Tax Referendum

Yes, In Favor of the Question, 50.41%, 5,958

No, Opposed to the Question, 49.59%, 5,859

Total 11,817

Town of Cottageville Water and Sewer Referendum

Yes, In Favor of the Question, 47.56%, 117

No, Opposed to the Question, 52.44%, 129

Total 246

Statewide races:

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

REP Henry McMaster/Pamela Evette, 57.07%, 7,159

LIB Bruce Reeves/Jessica Ethridge, 1.13%, 142

DEM Joe Cunningham/Tally Parham Casey, 41.76%, 5,239

Write-In, 0.04%, 5

Total 12,545

Secretary of State

REP Mark Hammond, 62.22%, 7,774

DEM Rosemounda Peggy Butler, 37.74%, 4,715

Write-In, 0.04%, 5

Total 12,494

State Treasurer

REP Curtis Loftis, 81.10%, 8,056

ALN Sarah E Work, 18.57%, 1,845

Write-In, 0.32%, 32

Total 9,933

Attorney General

REP Alan Wilson, 98.05%, 8,736

Write-In, 1.95%, 174

Total 8,910

Comptroller General

REP Richard Eckstrom, 98.68%, 8,720

Write-In, 1.32%, 117

Total 8,837

State Superintendent of Education

GRN Patricia M Mickel, 1.80%, 225

REP Ellen Weaver, 55.81%, 6,977

ALN Lisa Ellis, 2.50%, 312

DEM Lisa Ellis, 39.86%, 4,983

Write-In, 0.04%, 5

Total 12,502

Commissioner of Agriculture

UNC Chris Nelums, 6.69%, 653

GRN David Edmond, 12.34%, 1,204

REP Hugh Weathers, 80.69%, 7,875

Write-In, 0.28%, 27

Total 9,759

U.S. Senate

REP Tim Scott, 61.94%, 7,747

DEM Krystle Matthews, 37.98%, 4,750

Write-In, 0.08%, 10

Total 12,507

U.S. House of Representatives, District 6

REP Duke Buckner, 60.36%, 6,820

DEM James E Jim Clyburn, 39.54%, 4,467

Write-In, 0.10%, 11

Total 11,298

U.S. House of Representatives, District 1

REP Nancy Mace, 58.17%, 730

ALN Joseph Oddo, 0.56%, 7

DEM Annie Andrews, 41.20%, 517

Write-In, 0.08%, 1

Total 1,255

State House of Representatives, District 121

REP Eric J Erickson, 44.96%, 1,984

DEM Michael F Rivers Sr, 55.02%, 2,428

Write-In, 0.02%, 1

Total 4,413

State House of Representatives, District 122

REP Bill Hager, 71.08%, 499

DEM Shedron Hook Williams, 28.92%, 203

Write-In, 0.00%, 0

Total 702

State House of Representatives, District 97

REP Robby Robbins, 69.78%, 4,578

DEM ReZsaun Lewis, 30.19%, 1,981

Write-In, 0.03%, 2

Total 6,561

State House of Representatives, District 116

REP Matt Leber, 74.22%, 593

DEM Chardale Murray, 25.66%, 205

Write-In, 0.13%, 1

Total 799

Watershed Conservation District Willow Swamp

Doug Mixson, 89.72%, 358

Write-In, 10.28%, 41

Total 399

Statewide Constitutional Amendment 1

Yes, 56.91%, 6,470

No, 43.09%, 4,898

Total 11,368

Statewide Constitutional Amendment 2

Yes, 56.62%, 6,640

No, 43.38%, 5,088

Total 11,728

Colleton County School District Teachers and Support Staff of the Month

Each month, the principals in Colleton County Schools choose a Teacher of the Month and a Support Staff of the Month. The recipients for September, October and November were recognized at the November 29 Colleton County School Board meeting.Tammy Smyth, Support Staff of the Month, September - Black Street Early Childhood CenterHiram Davis, Teacher of the Month, September - Black Street Early Childhood CenterJulie Withrow, Teacher of the Month, September- Black Street Early Childhood CenterElla Adams, Support Staff...

Each month, the principals in Colleton County Schools choose a Teacher of the Month and a Support Staff of the Month. The recipients for September, October and November were recognized at the November 29 Colleton County School Board meeting.

Tammy Smyth, Support Staff of the Month, September - Black Street Early Childhood Center

Hiram Davis, Teacher of the Month, September - Black Street Early Childhood Center

Julie Withrow, Teacher of the Month, September- Black Street Early Childhood Center

Ella Adams, Support Staff of the Month, October - Black Street Early Childhood Center

Sally Burgis, Teacher of the Month, October - Black Street Early Childhood Center

Julie Hiott, Teacher of the Month, October- Black Street Early Childhood Center

Takesha Jones, Teacher of the Month, November- Black Street Early Childhood Center

Patti Litchfield, Teacher of the Month, November - Black Street Early Childhood Center

Barbara Gilbert, Support Staff of the Month, November - Black Street Early Childhood Center

Amy Cook, Teacher of the Month, November - Bells Elementary School

Andrea Brown, Support Staff of the Month, November - Bells Elementary School

Shelley Ann Griffiths, Teacher of the Month, September - Colleton County Middle School

Victoria Reed, Support Staff of the Month, September - Colleton County Middle School

Danielle Van Hulst, Teacher of the Month, October - Colleton County Middle School

Janice Wright, Support Staff of the Month, October - Colleton County Middle School

Elizabeth Purvis, Teacher of the Month, August - Forest Hills Elementary

Erica Grant, Teacher of the Month, September - Forest Hills Elementary

Monica Adams, Support Staff of the Month, September - Forest Hills Elementary

Dustin Fitch, Teacher of the Month, October - Forest Hills Elementary

Debbie Fryar, Support Staff of the Month, October - Forest Hills Elementary

Ashleigh Cook, Teacher of the Month, October - Cottageville Elementary School

Doris Simmons, Support Staff of the Month, October - Cottageville Elementary School

Sarah Fielder, Teacher of the Month, November - Cottageville Elementary School

Lynn Jennings, Support Staff of the Month, November - Cottageville Elementary School

Mallory Beach, Teacher of the Month, November - Northside Elementary School

Angela Crosby, Support Staff of the Month, November - Northside Elementary School

Heather Mushrush, Teacher of the Month, September - Colleton County High School

Jarred Boan, Teacher of the Month, October - Colleton County High School

Isaac Agina, Teacher of the Month, November - Colleton County High School

Amy Kilpatrick, Support Staff of the Month, September - Colleton County High School

Jarvis Pruitt, Support Staff of the Month, October - Colleton County High School

Gwen Koger, Support Staff of the Month, November - Colleton County High School

Dinah Bryant, Teacher of the Month, November - Hendersonville Elementary School

Calvin Gantt, Support Staff of the Month, November - Hendersonville Elementary School

Palmer Hudson, Teacher of the Month, November - Colleton Adult Learning Center

Haley Jones, Support Staff of the Month, November - Colleton Adult Learning Center

Kayaking the Edisto River — South Carolina’s natural hidden treasure in the Lowcountry

“Hold still, little bird,” I muttered to myself as I squinted through the viewfinder of my camera. Despite my command, the bird refused to stay put on the branch as I tried to focus long enough to release the shutter. With a click I was the owner of yet another high-definition digital photo of … an empty tree branch.The object of my frustration on this day is a bright yellow prothonotary warbler, a migratory songbird that thrives in the flooded woodlands of the swampy rivers of the South Carolina Lowcountry....

“Hold still, little bird,” I muttered to myself as I squinted through the viewfinder of my camera. Despite my command, the bird refused to stay put on the branch as I tried to focus long enough to release the shutter. With a click I was the owner of yet another high-definition digital photo of … an empty tree branch.

The object of my frustration on this day is a bright yellow prothonotary warbler, a migratory songbird that thrives in the flooded woodlands of the swampy rivers of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Wintering in South America, the prothonotary warbler can be found in spring and summer in the Carolinas where breeding pairs can be spotted in trees along the riverbank or deep in the swamp. Its song is a bright twee-twee-twee-twee and as it darts among the low branches above the black water of a swamp, it seems to almost demand a photo.

This spring morning, as I paddle a quiet stretch of the Edisto River, a warbler darts among the branches of a low willow hunting snails and insects. With its yellow colors flashing like a lightning bug in daytime, I am compelled to stop once again and fill the memory card on my camera with photos of tree branches in an obsession that seems to amuse the little bird. Finally, both of us are relieved as I obtain a photo or two and both of us depart satisfied from the encounter.

The subject of my photo lives with others of his kind along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Edisto River that you can ever see. The Edisto River is the longest river system contained entirely in South Carolina. Rising from Saluda and Edgefield counties, the Edisto corkscrews 250 miles along the Lowcountry to the sea and forms the “E” of the critical ACE Basin water system.

Artesian wells and crystal clear springs bubble from the limestone bedrock along the upper river and near the coast it becomes a rich, blackwater river where deep swamps open to salt marsh horizons. To spend time kayaking or boating along the Edisto is to experience a special paradise on earth.

This section of warbler-haunted Edisto described above runs approximately seven miles from Good Hope Landing to Sullivan’s Ferry near Cottageville. Good Hope Landing is a beautiful, easily accessible boat landing that allows you easy access to the river. Its 10-foot sandy bluff is crowned by a majestic live oak and the river here is wide and relatively straight.

As the current carries you along you can spot an abundance of wildlife. Egrets and herons wade in the shallows, songbirds (including prothonotary warblers) inhabit the trees and in the water, terrapin, gar and even the elusive alligator can be spotted. The river is filled with redbreast bream, catfish and bass — making this a popular as a destination for anglers.

A few miles downstream there is a narrow portion, where willows grow close and fallen trees can snag unwary boaters or those floating along in innertubes, a favorite summer pastime for hundreds of visitors every year. At four miles, you will pass Long Creek Landing, another serviceable launching location, and shortly after will pass beneath the highway bridge of U.S.-17A at the privately owned Jellico’s Landing.

Up to this point, the Edisto has been wild and scenic with few houses or other reminders of human habitation. From the bridge at Jellico’s, well-sited river houses and cottages line the river and form the community of Sullivan’s Landing. Dating from at least as far back as 1820, Sullivan’s was one of many such river crossings in the Lowcountry before bridges and modern highways took hold. The 1820 record of the South Carolina state legislature reveals that the toll for Sullivan’s Ferry was “for every two-horse carriage, 50 cents … horse and rider, 10 cents, and 5 cents for every foot passenger and head of horses, mules, cattle, sheep, goats and hogs …”

Recently, I kayaked from Good Hope to Sullivan’s Ferry with a group of friends and we found the old ferry site to be far quieter that it might have been in 1820. We enjoyed a beautiful spring day with the smooth Edisto reflecting the deep blue of a sky filled with lazy clouds. Recent rains had raised river levels and we enjoyed exploring side channels into coves of swampy flooded forest and hidden oxbow lakes.

After many hours leisurely exploring and encountering wildlife, we arrived at Sullivan’s Ferry for the journey home. We were all of the opinion that this section of the Edisto River was the most beautiful we had ever encountered — and I am certain that you will feel the same way. Should you chance to encounter a little yellow bird in a willow tree, I am certain he will share his opinion of the river, too.

Good Hope Landing and Sullivan’s Ferry Landing are both located near Cottageville and are only a little over an hour’s drive from the Beaufort area. To get there, take Interstate 95 or U.S.-17-A to Walterboro and stay on 17-A to Cottageville. In Cottageville, turn left onto Pierce Road. At 4 miles, turn right onto State Road S-15-35 to the dead end at Good Hope Landing. Sullivan’s Ferry is located at the end of Sullivan’s Ferry Road approximately 3 miles from Cottageville just off 17-A. Both landings are managed by the South Carolina DNR and are well-maintained. There are no facilities, so pack accordingly.

The river in this section is swift when the water is up but very easy to manage, despite a few areas of overhang and snags. Careful preparation and good company will ensure you have a safe, enjoyable day on the water.

For more information, visit the Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail site at https://ercktrail.org or obtain a detailed map at https://www.dnr.sc.gov/water/river/edisto-guide.html

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