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Poinsett State Park
Copyright: - South Carolina Dept of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Poinsett State Park
Description - Poinsett State Park is located in an outlying area of the Sandhills, yet is still within the coastal plain. The park's terrain allows for an amazing diversity of plant and animal life. Plant communities represented within the park include sandhills, swamps, mountain bluffs and pine-hardwood. Mountain laurel and galax grow on steep facing hillsides, while Spanish-moss-draped cypress and tupelo trees rise from the swamp. This 1,000-acre park, with its abundant resources, nature center and full-time naturalist, is an excellent laboratory for outdoor education.

The campground has 50 sites which can accommodate RV's. There are four cabins available for rental. There is an equestrian campground. Five picnic shelters are available and can be reserved for a fee. The nature center includes displays on native Sumter County animals, plants and history. There are several hiking trails, an equestrian trail and a bike trail. Enjoy fishing in the park's 10-acre lake for bass, bream and catfish. Fishing boats can be rented but no private boats are permitted. Seasonal lake swimming and rental pedal boats are offered upon availability of lifeguards.

Recreation - Poinsett State Park offers opportunities for camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, biking, swimming, and viewing nature and interpretive sites.

Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

Location - Poinsett State Park is located in central South Carolina near Wedgefield, off SC 261, 18 miles southwest of Sumter .

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Filed By: DB Fisher, Sr (Columbia, sc)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: If you don't mind solitude or being without hordes of people, check out Poinsett. My son and I first went tent camping there Poinsett in June, 2004. We spent four rain-ravaged days trying to stay dry in our tent amid severe thunderstorms and wind...but the brief periods of reprieve were worth the endurance. We were the only two people in the campground the whole time, except for two hikers who came in late one night and left the next morning. There is a young ranger there who could not have been nicer or more accommodating. He checked on us daily, especially during the periods of bad storms, and was a great source of information. Because Shaw AFB is near, during certain times of the day, jets make flights and get rather loud...sometimes it was impossible to discern jet noise from the thunder. In spite of the weather, we were able to hike a bit and ride bikes. BE CAREFUL, though, because the boundries between Poinsett and Manchester State Forest are not marked. We got lost for several anxious hours because we had left the state park and didn't even realize it. We look forward to going back.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My daughter and I had a very nice experience. We hiked six plus miles and were fortunate enough to hear a deer running through the creek. At least we think it was a deer. The foilage was so thick we couldn't see what it was. As we came down off the hilly area into the low lying swampy part near a boardwalk, we heard something hit the ground with a thud and run off through the waist high grass. I could actually see the grass parting as it made its way from us! No telling what that was! (The Lizard Man?) Ha! A really intriguing park. A real variety of flora and fauna. And you feel like you have stepped back in time! I recommend it to anyone who wants a unique experience! A note of caution; the warm weather is ticky.

Filed By: phil (charleston, sc)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: saw 0-10 people stressing the lower half of the scale. Only two other people there the whole time. This place is like the camp that we all forgot. It smells of Boy Scouts but obviously has not been used for a fare share of summers. The trails were not marked at all and the view was so-so. It was almost earie with no wild life really, and constant planes flying by, thanks to Shaw afb and the usaf gunnery range right next door. Try it if you must have a new kind of experience. Visit every state park damn it.

Filed By: Brad
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Was a nice place. Would go again.

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Contact Information:
Poinsett, 6660 Pointsett Park Road , Wedgefield, SC, 29168, Phone: 803-494-8177

Additional Information:
Midlands Region - The Midlands Region of South Carolina includes the middle portion of the state, between the Upcountry to the northwest and the Low country to the southeast. It surrounds the city of Columbia.
South Carolina State Parks - The South Carolina State Parks stretch from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic coast. They offer a huge variety of sites and possible recreation activities.

South Carolina Tourism - Official website of South Carolina Tourism


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