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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.

mountain biking
15 days ago

had a ton of fun first time here. people are friendly, trail was dry. two big wins!

We did multiple trails. Be sure and get a map at the store. Trails are well marked!!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy wide trail at the beginning connects and is crossed by many other trails in the park. The whippoorwill and cowasee run through it. It is well marked and easy. There is also an new or unlisted trail the green swamp fox 2.9 miles which was nice shaded trail

5 months ago

don't make a mistake and not bring bug spray, the mosquito are out!!!

hiking
6 months ago

The trail is closed but can still be easily completed just one tree down you must go over, a couple muddy spots and starting to become overgrown but not enough yet to be a issue. Nice hike only problem that gets us every time is horse flys following you around and try to keep landing on you.

hiking
7 months ago

Love the elevation throughout the trails at Poinsett state park. An awesome selection of activities as well.

7 months ago

Nice park, be cautious driving in the road is full of large pot holes. The trails are nice and marked fairly well. Just enough incline and ruggedness to rate it moderate but plenty of flat stretches to get a little running in.

Great park but this trail is currently closed due to flooding. The other trails are nice though.

8 months ago

Did this trail again this spring. Very different experience compared to last October. Delightful again. Love the Spanish moss and dark swampy water. Definitely a hidden gem.

Awesome trail, with tree coverage the trail was shaded. Will definitely do this trail in the near future!!!

hiking
8 months ago

Very well marked and maintained enjoyed this hike was a lot of mountain bikers on the trail.

This is a short, 2-mile section of the Palmetto Trail leaving out of Poinsett State Park and back in to the surrounding Manchester State Forest going towards the Campbell Pond Rd. trailhead.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail includes sections of the Coquina, Hilltop, Laurel, as well as the named Knot and Splice Trails. Hiked it during the winter in February; might be a better spring hike when everything is in bloom.

hiking
11 months ago

Well maintained trails and very easy to navigate

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My favorite at Poinsett. Watch out for snakes.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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.

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.

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

I love bringing my dog out here. This park is a beautiful treasure. Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes though!

walking
Monday, August 29, 2016

I go to poinsett a lot an everyone's friendly an its clean an full of trails an swimming... love bringing my dog

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

I hiked the entire Coquina Trail section of Poinsett. Was surprised to see how mountainous it felt when not even close the to mountain ranges. Nice hike through hills and a swamp area. Very diverse and a very nice hike

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Great area nice trail.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

nice ride

Thursday, April 14, 2016

This State Park is one of my favorites. I visit at least once a year.

hiking
Sunday, June 28, 2015

I hiked the scout loop with my family. It was a nice loop and just long enough for my 5 yr old daughter.

hiking
Friday, May 30, 2014

nice little hike. looks like a good place to mountain bike.

hiking
Sunday, March 23, 2014

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.

hiking
Friday, September 16, 2011

I hated the red loop. Deep sand, spiderwebs, and boring.

K3 is just okay.

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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!

hiking
Saturday, February 26, 2011

Great trail, few hills but not too flat. One of the best maintained trails in the midlands. This is really 10 miles not 7.5 as listed. Mostly singletrack with some nice tight twists and turns. Many parts are as fast as you can pedal.

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