South Carolina July 05, 2017
You May Not Want To Swim In These 10 South Carolina Spots This Summer Due To Health Advisories
With summer in full swing it’s always good to know the places where you shouldn’t dip your feet in the water – no matter how tempting. We’ll take a closer look at some of those below, as well as a current swim advisory in effect for some South Carolina beaches.You should use caution to avoid swimming or wading in these places as long as they remain under a swim advisory from South Carolina DHEC.
1. Reedy River - Greenville
Officials at SC DHEC are warning against wading or swimming in downtown Greenville's main attraction: Falls Park.
Officials warn the water in this downtown oasis is not currently safe for use as a swimming hole. In fact, warning signs have been posted around the park in an attempt to deter visitors from swimming, wading, or coming into any contact with the water due to high E. coli bacterial levels.
The photo above with people wading in and around the waters on the Reedy at Falls Park - was posted to TripAdvisor just a few days ago. You can follow the status by keeping an eye on
this interactive map from SC DHEC
Current swim advisories in South Carolina also include some key beach locations along the Grand Strand between Garden City and Atlantic Beach.
DHEC recently issued an advisory against swimming at certain points on the beach between Atlantic Beach and Garden City. Officials cited high bacteria levels in the water as the reason for closures. If you're headed to the Grand Strand for a day in the sun, look for signs with a posted advisory and be sure to avoid those areas. To search an interactive map to see if your favorite beach has a current advisory, go to
this DHEC link
and use the "Quick Navigation" pull down menu in the top center of the screen to select your beach.
Note: the above graphic does not illustrate all of the current swim advisory points along Grand Strand beaches.
Following are two of the current swim advisory locations along the Grand Strand. To see them all follow the link above.
2. The beach at 16th Avenue North - North Myrtle Beach
On June 30, DHEC issued a swimming advisory for the beach at 16th Avenue North due to high bacteria levels found in the water. At that time swimming was not advised at this beach access. See the graphics and report
3. Briarcliffe Acres - White Point S Beach Access at the inlet
Officials at DHEC have a longterm swim advisory in place for this spot along the coast, citing higher than acceptable levels of the enterococcus bacteria. See that advisory and monitor if/when it's lifted
The map above illustrates popular swimming holes and boat ramps with current advisory warnings in the State of South Carolina. You can view the full map and get more details
at this link from SC DHEC
We'll take a look at some of them below.
4. Jeremy Creek - McClellanville
Jeremy Creek is on the current SC DHEC map of locations that have swim advisories in place, although that map doesn't explain the reason. Motor boats shouldn't have any problems, but swimming of docks, kayaking and paddleboarding could be ill advised. You can see the map with this advisory
5. Granby Park - 100 Catawba Cir, Columbia, SC 29201
This park is currently on the list of no-swim locations per DHEC. Keep up with the advisory on
maintained by SC DHEC.
6. This spot along the Cayce Riverwalk
Officals at DHEC still have this sign posted along the Cayce Riverwalk. The sign says, "Caution, Swimming Advisory. Bacteria levels have exceeded state standards. Swimming here may make you sick." You can follow this advisory's status by checking periodically to see if it's been removed from
this SC DHEC map
. Or, you can just wait for DHEC to remove the sign.
7. 99 Island Dam - Cherokee County
This popular swimming hole is on the SC DHEC Swimming Advisory list map. You can view that status
. Thankfully, you can't get sick from just sitting along the banks and relaxing.
8. Cherokee Falls Dam - south of Blacksburg
It's beautiful, but SC DHEC has this spot on their current list of swimming advisories. The
doesn't give a specific reason why it's dangerous to swim here. You can look for posted Swim Advisory signage at this location for more information.
9. Glendale Shoals - Spartanburg
Officials at SC DHEC have posted signage at this small landing at Glendale Shoals advising it's unsafe to enter the waters here. Keep up with this advisory by periodically checking
the SC DHEC Swim Advisory Map
10. Reedy River - Cedar Falls in Fountain Inn
A popular swimming hole with natural water slides, Cedar Falls remains on the DHEC Swim Advisory list. A sign is posted at the location warning swimmers they may get sick if they swim here. See the advisory and keep up with its status
Please follow all the warning signs and directives at these South Carolina locations – and any others where you find a sign warning water conditions may not be ideal for swimming.