Natural beauty and great golf come together at Cheraw State Park. An 18-hole championship course winds its way through the long-leaf pinelands of the traditional state park, a course thats earned notice from the Aubudon Society for the way its managed to preserve and protect the habitat it shares with uncommon critters such as red-cockaded woodpeckers and fox squirrels. The park in South Carolinas northeast corner also boasts Lake Juniper, a 300-acre impoundment built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression along with the parks original cabins and picnic facilities. A boardwalk along the lake helps visitors enjoy the scenic setting, and kayakers particularly enjoy silently scooting into the cypress wetlands at the lakes edge.

hiking
7 months ago

We were pretty much the only ones there. Walked the paths through the newer growth areas - then through the part that they recently did a controlled burn on apparently. Areas still smoldering. The other part was like walking through a desert area- except instead of cacti you'd see new pine trees growing. Flat trails but the fire breaks had uneven sand - which actually made for a more challenging walk. Took kids and the dog. Bring water.

hiking
9 months ago

Brisk sunny day. No one else on the trail. Very relaxing and peaceful.

camping
1 year ago

I almost forgot! Be sure to visit the park office after your walk to enjoy the beautiful view of the lake before you go! Park staff is very helpful as well. super nice

this 4.5 mile walk through the woods was pretty awesome! Lots of information posted in the trail and the trail is very clearly marked. Wildlife continued to walk around although scared very easily. Definitely would do this again

Great place! The park is well maintained and my kids love it. The trail, although a bit dull, is clearly marked and very easy. My favorite thing to do here is to rent the canoes for the day and go fishing. Being on the lake is much more interesting than walking the trail

hiking
3 years ago

Easy uneventful walk the payoff is a cool look at cypress trees Did the 4.5 mile loop in less than 90 minutes

Not a bad place to take dogs for an extended walk. Not as much elevation gain as hikes I'm used to, but definitely the closest thing to an actual hike that I've found since moving to SC (meaning it has a teensy bit of elevation versus being a flat loop around a bog). It was nice to spend the morning wandering under pine trees, but it's definitely an easy hike.

hiking
3 years ago

The Turkey Oak trail is an easy 4.5 mile loop through a dense forest of longleaf pine, turkey oak, blackjack oak, and hickory trees. A few longleaf pines are marked for nesting red cockaded woodpeckers. Near the middle, the trail enters a cypress swamp at Lake Juniper. Here, raptors and waterfowl can be found year-round. The trail is well marked. Beware: summers are hot and humid!

hiking
4 years ago

Very nice trail. Very well marked. The actual name is Turkey Oak Trail. Trail head is located at the end of the service road passing gold course / golf course building (on right)