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This swimming hole in historic Gibson Pond Park was long a favorite among Lexington County residents, helping them escape the hot South Carolina summers for nearly 40 years.

Gibson Pond Park

Jay Croft of Lexington, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Formerly known as George’s Pond, this property was purchased in 1934 by Murray Gibson and transformed into a popular recreation area. In addition to the diving platform pictured above, Gibson also added a pavilion, picnic tables, and rental cabins.

Gibson Pond Park Lexington

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The park closed in 1972 but was reopened to the public in 2007 with several major additions including a scenic overlook, which provides a unique view of a waterfall rushing over an old gristmill. It is now operated by the Town of Lexington and includes a large picnic shelter, a paved trail, restrooms, and a fishing pier (swimming is no longer allowed).

Gibson Pond Storm Damages

Bill German of Lexington, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Note: On October 4, 2015, South Carolina was devastated by massive flooding throughout the state. During this flood, the pond’s dam broke, causing the water to release and flood the area below it, including the mill pond and the old textile mill complex. The Town of Lexington is working to rebuild the dam, refill the pond, and reopen the site to the public. As of July 2017, the park remains under renovation and closed to the public. You can see an image of the flood’s damage above.


Gibson Pond Park Info


Address: 241 Gibson Road, Lexington, SC 29072
GPS Coordinates: 33.97018,-81.24432
Website: http://scgreatoutdoors.com/park-gibsonpondpark.html


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5 Comments about Gibson Pond Park

AlanNo Gravatar says:
March 20th, 2017 at 5:38 pm

Where is the secret swimming hole exactly? Just wondering. I have been metal detecting the spot since the dam busted in the area of the dam and old dock. I have amassed a huge amount of relics, coins and jewelry. Numerous ID bracelets that I plan to return to families. Tons of Lexington history.

Charles RiceNo Gravatar says:
February 8th, 2017 at 2:12 pm

I grew up on a road right next to the pond. As a child in the late 1980s my friends and I had lots of fun exploring the mill, cabins, and banquet hall. Back then, the mill wheel was still intact and turning. We also had our own secret swimming hole further up the pond.

Mary BoltzNo Gravatar says:
June 16th, 2014 at 8:53 am

Are there alligators in this pond? I have seen the signs that state ‘no swimming’ and have become concerned for my pups.

Allen HillNo Gravatar says:
June 8th, 2014 at 10:00 am

Where online can I find the 1957 photos of the dance pavilion?

Diane Lucas WhitingNo Gravatar says:
November 22nd, 2013 at 4:08 pm

As a child I swam at Gibson Pond at least twice weekly. Lots of fun. I am 60 now and back then they even had swing sets that were set into the pond.






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