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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 in South Carolina 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 unique because it features flora from four distinct natural communities – the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Piedmont, the Sandhills, and the Coastal Plain. The stone bridge seen below crosses an old dam and spillway that forms Old Levi Mill Pond.

Poinsett State Park Bridge and Spillway

Lauren Smith of Mount Pleasant, 2017 © 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 was used by several Native American tribes for hunting – the Santee, the Wateree, and the Catawba.

Poinsett State Park

John Van Dalen of Charleston, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Features of Poinsett State Park include a 10-acre lake with boat access, campsites and cabins, 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.

Poinsett State Park Lake Boat Shed

Rob Pongsajapan of Arlington, VA, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Knot was created to expand hiking options within the park. Utilizing portions of the Coquina and Hilltop trails, there are two options for visitors to choose from to switch up their experience while exploring. Both the Hi and Lo Knot trails seen below are popular for mountain biking. The trails were created in 2013 by members of the Midlands Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association and the Sumter ChainGang Bicycle Club.

Hi Knot Lo Knot Trail

Lauren Smith of Mount Pleasant, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Poinsett State Park opened in 1936. Pictured below is an original trail shelter designed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. These sturdy structures, located along the park’s trails, provide weary adventurers a welcome respite.

CCC Trail Shelter

Lauren Smith of Mount Pleasant, 2017 © 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.”

Poinsett State Park

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

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.”

Poinsett Spillway

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

Add your own reflections here.

More Pictures of Poinsett State Park


Poinsett State Park

Donna Maynard of Effingham, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Poinsett State Park Boat

Rob Pongsajapan of Arlington, VA, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Poinsett State Park

Donna Maynard of Effingham, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Poinsett State Park Barn

Lauren Smith of Mount Pleasant, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Hi Knot Lo Knot Trail Markers

Lauren Smith of Mount Pleasant, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Poinsett State Park

Donna Maynard of Effingham, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent


Poinsett State Park Info


Address: 6660 Poinsett Park Road, Wedgefield, SC 29168
GPS Coordinates: 33.801358,-80.533742


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