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.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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
6 months ago

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

walking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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
10 months ago

Great area nice trail.

11 months ago

nice ride

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

mountain biking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

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

hiking
1 year ago

on Coquina Trail

2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

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