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Poinsett State Park, Wedgefield

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Poinsett State Park is located in Sumter County in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The park is best known for its botanical oddities, combining the flora of the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills and Piedmont of Upstate South Carolina, the xeric Sandhills and the Atlantic coastal plain. In Poinsett State Park one can see mountain laurels draped with Spanish moss. The park, which has been called "weird and beautiful", is named after amateur botanist and South Carolina native Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first American ambassador to Mexico and popularizer of the poinsettia. There is no charge for admission to Poinsett State Park, but there are small fees for overnight camping and cabin rentals. The park is surrounded by the Manchester State Forest, and both provide access to the Palmetto Trail, linked hiking and mountain bike trails, and Manchester State Forest offers equestrian trails.HistoryLocated on the High Hills of Santee and descending to the Wateree Swamp, the site was used by various Siouan tribes of Native Americans, including the Santee, Wateree and Catawba, primarily for hunting. The non-Siouan Congaree lived nearby and may have also frequented the area.
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  • Rented Cabin 1 for about 4 days. Great stay! I was surprised by the wonderful amenities (kitchen, coffee maker, full-size fridge) and comfortable feel of the place. It was actually really nice and cos...  more »
  • Camping and bike riding. Lots of trails on site and easy access to Palmetto Trail (Wateree Passage and High Hills of Santee Passage). Plumbing issues in the bath house nearest our camp site, but this ...  more »
  • We visited just to spend a few hours in beautiful weather. Many improvements since our last visit years ago. Very nice for hiking. Great little gift shop with ice cream and nice lounging areas. Clean ...  more »
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  • Stay in the cabins. We recently stayed here and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very rustic, clean and really nice on the inside. We stayed in cabin #3 for 3 nights. Very affordable and a peaceful setting in the woods. Would come back.
  • Biking and hiking trails. Nuff said. Many dozens of miles of beautiful Midland SC woods, adjoining the thousands of acres of Manchester State Forest. A quiet camping retreat. Bring bug spray in spring/ summer. Public shooting range open every other weekend just down the road in state Forest and OHV trails.
  • First trail to dry out after it rains. Very friendly Ranger.
  • This is a beautiful park with a variety of things to do. There are miles of hiking trails, paddle boarding, kayak and canoes and very nice stone faced cabins available to rent.
  • Wonderful hiking trails, year round boat rentals... The BEST campground host ever, clean and warm bathrooms, and the park staff has been great too. They even delivered our firewood to our campsite!