A unique combination of history and mixed ecosystems makes Poinsett State Park a special place in the woods. The rural Sumter County parks setting in the High Hills of Santee where the Midlands sandhills meets the coastal plains has given rise to such unusual sights as mountain laurel festooned with Spanish moss. The serene setting also offers camping, a fishing pond with coquina bathhouse built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and clean, rustic cabins high atop a hill where often the only sound is the breeze through the trees. The mix of steep hills and bluffs, pine and hardwood forests and Lowcountry swamp also is home to a wide range of plant and animal life. Hiking is a favorite activity at Poinsett, where its own extensive trail system connects to the Palmetto Trail in adjacent Manchester State Forest.
Hiked multiple portions of the trail system in this beautiful state park. Trails in good to excellent condition. Scenic, challenging in places, fun, and quiet. Dog friendly as well. Nice historic structures and interesting biotic diversity. Trails well marked with color blazes. Enjoy.
did the 1.5m yellow trail the incline was un expected but the decline was welcomed, had our toddler along so thats all we were comfortable with doing that day, taking the family and relatives when they come down on vacation in june up there to camp and hopefully to ALL the trails, we're all pretty educated hiking enthusiasts.
These trails are amazing! There are three different loops and although we may be in the low country, these trails will defiantly give you a good work out! They are kept up pretty well and the park provides maps and markers along the way. Its about 15mins away from Shaw AFB and I go there pretty often!
I hiked the Wateree Passage portion of the Palmetto Trail after it was being recommended by the Park Ranger there. It starts in Poinsett State park and treks 7 miles until the trail ends at the Wateree River. The trail does continue, but the rainy season has flooded the trail. The trail is well worn and easy to follow. Mostly flat except a few places where there is some uphill/downhill. There are 10 bridges along this route where you can fish or bird watch. The land is mostly swampy so use bug repellent, lots of it! Also, even though it's still spring here, the temperatures reached the high 80 degrees F, so water and sun block are a must. Lots of wild life, including salamanders, frogs, and of course, alligators. If your looking to get out on the weekend for a quick hike this is worth checking out. I stayed at the campground in Poinsett State park, so if you want to know about the ground, let me know.