Poinsett State Park – Wedgefield, South Carolina

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Poinsett State Park is located in Wedgefield, a small unincorporated community in western Sumter County. The park opened in 1936 and is one of 16 state parks constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

Poinsett State Park Lake

Randall Magee of Sumter, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The park is named for Charleston native and US Ambassador to Mexico, Joel R. Poinsett, (the Poinsett Bridge near Greenville is also named for Poinsett) and is situated in a unique region of South Carolina known as the High Hills of Santee. It is considered unique for having flora from four distinct natural communities: the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Piedmont, the Sandhills, and the Coastal Plain.

Poinsett Spillway

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The merging of the sandhills with the coastal plain is one reason why this environment creates such an interesting landscape. This land also was originally used by several Native American tribes (Santee, Wateree, and Catawba) for hunting.

Poinsett State Park

Leonard Vaughan of Lexington, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Features of the park include a 10-acre lake with boat access, campsites and cabins, a fishing pond, and the ruins of a grist mill dating back to the American Revolution. Many of the park’s hiking, biking, and equestrian trails also connect to the statewide Palmetto Trail.


Randall Magee of Sumter, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Poinsett State Park

Contributing photographer Leonard Vaughan writes, “One of the most unique features of the park is the coquina-lined spillway (pictured above) built by the CCC in the 1930s. The park is a lovely place to spend the day or weekend. You can canoe on the lake, hike the many trails, and check out the unique flora and fauna of this diverse area.”

Linda Brown shares about her photo, “This photo of the spillway at Poinsett State Park was taken in August, but I particularly liked the lone golden leaf against the tabby.”

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Poinsett State Park Info

Address: 6660 Poinsett Park Road, Wedgefield, SC 29168

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