This Tucked Away South Carolina State Park is Perfect for Everyone

Leah O'Daniel

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Tucked away in the midlands sits Poinsett State Park. A 1000-acre park complete with cabins, campsites, trails, history, and a 10-acre lake. Located in Sumter County, roughly a 45-minute drive from Columbia.

Construction began on Poinsett State Park in 1934 and in 2016 it was placed on the National Historic Registry. It is 1 of 16 South Carolina parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Six miles from the nearest town and 14 miles from the nearest grocery store, this park is the perfect day or weekend getaway. The campground offers both nature lovers 50 campsites--24 with power and 26 without. Rustic cabins are also available to rent. Cabins are stocked with everything except food.

Please use caution on the paved, narrow road when entering the park. If you’re spending the day, make sure to stop at the stand-alone kiosk to pay the $ 3-day fee.

Past the kiosk is the open parking lot near the small lodge. From here, you’ll find the main entrance to the lake—complete with kayak and paddleboat rental capacities. Stand-up paddle (SUP) boards are available to rent for $10/hour from April through October. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, park-goers are allowed to swim too.

Take in the scenery of the Levi Mill Lake along a stone bridge to the Singleton Grist Mill ruins and the old grinding stone. Beyond this waterfall-like historical site are the entrances to many mountain biking and hiking trails. While you're there, see the Coquina stone that dates back to when the ocean touched this inland park. Picnic shelters are available throughout the park as well.

This Park has it all. History, scenery, and outdoor activities make it the perfect spot for fall foliage looking and lazy summer days, too. Plan your visit today.

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