In the High Hills of Santee, where the South Carolina Sandhills of the Midlands region meet the coastal plain region, youll find Poinsett State Park. Called the "mountains of the midlands," this mixed ecosystem yields a high degree of biodiversity and some of the most unique natural sightings in the park system, especially along the Palmetto trail which winds through the Manchester State Forest. The High Hills of Santee are dotted with the hiking and biking trails that wind through the parksome of which connect to the Palmetto Trail that leads hikers through the Manchester State Forest. Poinsetts 10-acre lake makes for a serene setting, and can be used for fishing and johnboat rentals. The park also offers campsites, a fishing pond, a coquina bathhouse built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, pre-revolutionary grist mill ruins and rustic cabins. HOURS AND ADMISSION Admission : Free admission Days and Hours of Operation : 9am-dark, year round Office Hours : 11am-noon & 4pm-5pm Pets on a Leash are allowed 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.

A very pleasant surprise. My husband and I along with 3 dogs stopped here en route to Folly Beach. We had a nice picnic and then hiked this trail along with the Knot trails. Very lovely with enough to qualify as a reasonable work out. Recommend the detour!

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My favorite at Poinsett. Watch out for snakes.

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We went in the winter and it was quite enjoyable. Challenging parts all around this State Park. I'm sure when the trees and flowers are in bloom it's spectacular.

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Friday, October 07, 2016

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.