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Chester State Park Nature Trail is a 2.6 mile out and back trail located near Chester, South Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 82 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Kid friendly Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Running Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Fee
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Chester State Park rests in the quiet hills of the South Carolina Piedmont and for generations has offered retreat and recreation to the surrounding communities.The park's 523 acres include a 160-acre lake, itself surrounded by a two-mile nature trail through the pine forest. Boat rentals are popular in the warmer months and the park also offers picnicking, camping, archery and a place to simply enjoy the serenity of the placid setting.The Civilian Conservation Corps built the park and its work can still be seen and enjoyed today. The community building is heavily used year-round, adding to the secluded park's value as a place to both gather and get away. There are numerous picnic tables along the lakeshore, a kids playground and restrooms. Dogs must be kept on leashes and as always, there is a $2 per person fee to enter all SC state parks.

(803) 385-2680

From I-77 take Hwy 97 or Hwy 9 to the town of Chester. The park is located on Hwy 72. 2 mi W. of town.

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Lina Roy
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Nature tripsGreat!

Great trail with excellent views but muddy at some places.

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Joe Herring
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Hiking

Part of it is overgrown but still manageable. The waterfall was just a trickle since there hasn’t been enough rain to fill the lake up enough to run over the dam.

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Jackie Stone
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Hiking

Very hot!! Lovely trail. Hiked with kids and they had fun. Will definitely come back!

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Joe Herring
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Hiking

Great trail. There are a few spurs so it could get confusing, but the main trail is more beaten down so it’s not too terrible to stay on track. On the fishing bridge side, there are signs saying they’re expanding the trail all the way around the lake, which will be nice.

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Gabrielle Bouknight
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William Freeman
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Mountain biking

My go to trail on the way home after night shift (7:30am). The trail to the dam offers scenery and a few challenging areas but an overall easy ride to get the blood pumping. You can also ride the disc golf trail to get more mileage in, although none of the trails (hiking trail included) are marked for mountain bikes. I ride the entrance road, through the camp grounds to enter the trail. Then I ride to the dam and follow the trail back to the parking area. Then over the bridge and back - around the loop a couple of times to make 5 miles. Will add the disc golf trails next time.

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ED Cook
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HikingMuddy

far end by the spillway is confusing, trail does not seem to continue. you may have to pass over the creek, but at high water levels this is not possible.

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Joe Ballard
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Camping

This is a nice, flat wooded trail that circles around the lake . There are various activities within the park, but I usually camp for a couple of nights and take advantage of the camping, hiking and fishing. The campsites are very nice w/water and electricity for those not wanting to "rough it." I have hiked the trail numerous times and have never found it to be crowded. The park does have some traffic in summer and during deer season.

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Drew Connolly
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Alanna Angel
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Evan Stratton
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Andi Gatzke
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Eric Sperre
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Cindy Carlton
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Erin O'Donnell
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Kelly Reck
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Heather Mann
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Barbara Clark
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Steven Andrews
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Brittany Boland
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Barbara Clark
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Crystal Williford
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Dan Gourley
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Jerry Spencer
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T Berry
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Chad Bordeaux
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