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Poinsett State Park Professional Review and Guide
"Half a day's hike along three connected trails through hilly and wonderfully diverse terrain with an interesting mix of mountain and coastal plain flora. It features 1,000 acres of hilly terrain adjacent to and partly incorporating Wateree Swamp. The juxtaposition of mountain habitat on coastal plain produces marvelous hiking, a spectacular variety of plant life, and a number of different habitats to delight the wildlife watcher. Surveys have identified 337 species of flowering plants in the park. Wildflowers put on an impressive show in the early spring."
--John Clark & John Dantzler, Hiking South Carolina (Falcon Guides).
The diverse scenery described in the guide does not disappoint, and at points along the trail the white sand on the ground so far inland is surprising. The switchback to the top of the small mountain was not marked and hard to find, and once I reached the top, I could not find the trail back down shown on the map to complete this small loop. My girlfriend and I ate lunch on the top, and while we could not see too far, I imagine the views wold be impressive once the leaves fall. The trail did not seem to be as long or as strenuous as described in the guide, but overall it is definately a trip worth taking for the scenery alone.
My scout troop often camp at this campground and hiked these trails. The tail begins with an acsent to a mountain type environment and eventually goes through a swampy region. The trails take you through a diverse environment.
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