Poinsett State Park

Wedgefield, South Carolina

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Poinsett State Park has an interesting location. Set on an outlier of the Carolina Sand Hills, Poinsett is where the vegetation of the low country meets the vegetation of the up-country, resulting in the overlapping of ecosystems—a place where Spanish moss hangs in trees that stand over blooming mountain-laurel bushes. The melding of nature’s finery results in a beautiful setting for a park, and an understanding of why this was an early addition to the South Carolina state-park system, originally developed by the Civilian Conservations Corps in the 1930s. Historic structures from the CCC era add charm to an already pretty place. Another plus in the location department is Poinsett’s proximity to Manchester State Forest, which effectively adds thousands of acres to the activity area, where hiking and mountain-biking trails abound. Add a camping loop used exclusively by tent aficionados, and you have a great outdoor destination in the Palmetto State. The campground is set high on a hill, but the sites, laid out in a classic double loop, are mostly level up here. Pines, oaks, sweetgums, dogwoods, and hickories, draped in Spanish moss, stand over sandy sites. Ample ground vegetation divides the sites and provides good privacy. Two bathhouses serve the locale.

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"Poinsett State Park has an interesting location. Set on an outlier of the Carolina Sand Hills, Poinsett is where the vegetation of the low country meets the vegetation of the up-country, resulting in the overlapping of ecosystems—a place where Spanish moss hangs in trees that stand over blooming mountain-laurel bushes. The melding of nature’s finery results in a beautiful setting for a park, and an understanding of why this was an early addition to the South Carolina state-park system, originally developed by the Civilian Conservations Corps in the 1930s. Historic structures from the CCC era add charm to an already pretty place. Another plus in the location department is Poinsett’s proximity to Manchester State Forest, which effectively adds thousands of acres to the activity area, where hiking and mountain-biking trails abound. Add a camping loop used exclusively by tent aficionados, and you have a great outdoor destination in the Palmetto State. The campground is set high on a hill, but the sites, laid out in a classic double loop, are mostly level up here. Pines, oaks, sweetgums, dogwoods, and hickories, draped in Spanish moss, stand over sandy sites. Ample ground vegetation divides the sites and provides good privacy. Two bathhouses serve the locale."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Wedgefield
Campsites: 25 nonelectric, 25 electric
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: South Carolina State Parks
Driving Directions: Directions to Poinsett State Park

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