The sun had fallen behind the trees, and the pinch of winter was noticeable all around as the paddlers were welcomed at the Dorchester Boat Club with hot espresso, tidbits, and specialty lager from the nearby Freehouse Brewery.

Freehouse, a supporter of American Rivers and the Ashley River Blue Trail, is found only downstream on the banks of the Ashley in North Charleston. Individuals were bursting at the seams with the delight of our beautiful oar and the possibility of hot steamed shellfish before long to come.

It was the American Rivers’ debut of paddle outing and clam broil for the Ashley River Blue Trail, which streams from Summerville to Charleston, South Carolina. We welcomed individuals from metropolitan governments, neighborhood organizations, and paddlesport aficionados to examine the waterway with us to better comprehend the significance of its entertainment benefits. We wanted to ensure it remains available and readily sound for what’s to come.

A turn out of around 70 nearby pioneers for the occasion on a cool pre-winter day satisfied that objective.

For some, the excursion was their first presentation to the upper Ashley River. Our main objective was to let people appreciate what a gem Ashley is and to make sure it stays that way.

The trek was taken after a warm-up around the fire and a sharing of a few words by Gerrit Jöbsis, Southeast Regional Director of American Rivers, about how network drove Blue Trail activities, how it can and have enhanced recreational access while setting up shields to guarantee it will remain an important network resource in the future.

A video of the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail was shown. A network example of overcoming adversity where subjects around Rockingham, NC made an oar trail that enhanced access, made scenic routes, secured basic riverside grounds that now fills in as a driver for the neighborhood economy.

There was an insightful discussion about how the Blue Trail can be a motor for enhanced amusement and protection on the Ashley River. It was a beautiful night with cooked shellfish and great conversation around the discharge. New friendships were forged and left many motivated about the capability of the Blue Trail and the activities they and their locale can take to keep the Ashley River the pearl that it is.