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Poinsett State Park
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Poinsett State Park Waterfall at Poinsett © Mike Covington
An old waterfall at Poinsett State Park.
Poinsett State Park Learning to Fish © Mike Covington
A young child is learning to fish with her father behind the visitor center at Poinsett State Park.
Poinsett State Park © Gregg Pratt
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6660 Poinsett Park RD
Wedgefield, South Carolina   29168

Phone: 803-494-8177
Reservations: 803-494-8177
Email: park email button icon
Poinsett State Park is located in an outlying area of the Sandhills, yet it is still within the coastal plain.

This unique position on the edge of diverse terrain makes for habitat diversity that supports a wide range of floral life. Within the park?s swamp, Sandhills, mountain bluffs and hardwood forests are plants that typically thrive in Upcountry habitats and species that are normally found in Lowcountry habitats.

The park?s cabins, picnic shelters and other historic structures are excellent examples of the quality craftsmanship of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which built the park in the 1930s.

This 1,000-acre park also features a family campground, equestrian campground, fishing lake, trails and access to the Palmetto Trail system, which links to adjacent Manchester State Forest.
South Carolina offers a variety of Park Passports. You can read more about the South Carolina Park Passports and order online by visiting the SOUTH CAROLINA PARK PASSPORTS web page.
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes

Poinsett State Park is located near Hopkins, Sumter and Columbia

Five picnic shelters are available for family or other group gatherings. Each shelter may be reserved for $25-38/day.

If shelters are not reserved, guests may use shelters on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge.

To make a picnic shelter reservation, call toll-free 1-866-345-PARK.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 4 Poinsett St Park (equestrian trails) by horsecentz
park review stars; one to five The equestrian trails have always been a favorite of ours. We were told diturbing news tonight that the trails are no longer to be used by horses. If not horses what??? The message was that the campground is closed and horses are not welcomed. Is this true or did the Ranger relaying this info make a mistake? Mistake I hope.
February 23 A Family Favorite! by D. Anderson
park review stars; one to five My husband and I take our teenage daughters to this park every year. Living within 20 minutes of it, we visit it frequently either for day trips or for camping overnight. We love the trails, the fishing, and just exploring the park. The rangers are always helpful and informative and all of the facilities, campgrounds included, are always clean and adequate for a families needs.
November 19 family visit
park review stars; one to five We had a family visit with grand daughters, great park with the exception of the bathrooms. No hot water and the bathrooms were not clean. It was the weekend, so we wondered if they forgot to clean them. Seems like there are people who live in the park year round.
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General Directions: Off SC 261, 18 miles southwest of Sumter near Wedgefield

Driving Directions: From I-95: Take exit 119 (Manning exit) onto Hwy 261 towards Columbia until you see signs for Poinsett. From Columbia: Take Hwy 378/76 toward Sumter. After crossing over the Wateree River proceed to the top of the hill and turn rt. on Hwy. 261 toward Wedgefield. Continue on Hwy 261 until you see signs for Poinsett. Park will be on the rt. From I-20: Take exit 98 (Camden exit) onto Hwy 521 S. toward Sumter. Go 2 mi. on Hwy. 521 to Hwy. 261, bear rt. and follow the rd. for approximately 35 mi.

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