Explore South Carolina's Sandhills At This Underrated State Park
The South Carolina Sandhills swipe through the central part of the state in a diagonal fashion moving south from east to west. It’s a geologic wonder that all this sand is sitting in a path that virtually follows the coastline – but at least a hundred miles inland in some places. Geologists believe the sand was moved here by wind during the last glaciation about 75,000 to 6,000 years ago. It’s truly a sight to see and one place to get a good feel for life in the Sandhills is Cheraw State Park in Cheraw.
The park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and opened in 1934.
But don't think for a minute that the State of South Carolina has skimped on upgrades, additions, and renovations over the decades since it opened. The cabins, alone, are testament to that!
For those who prefer to camp, there are sites that can accommodate anything from tents up to a 40-foot RV, sites that are boat-in only, and a primitive group site as well.
All of the sites are located on the eastern shore of the park's enormous, 360-acre Lake Juniper.
Along the shores of Lake Juniper, visitors can bask in the sun on the natural sand beach.
Kayaks, canoes, and pedal boats are all also available to rent adjacent to the beach.
Speaking of kayaks, paddle fans will love exploring the waterlogged cypress forest on the far side of the lake.
Fishing enthusiasts can also rejoice, as small, non-motorized fishing vessels can be rented at Cheraw State Park, too, so you don't have to bring your own. (But if you do, there's a boat ramp for your load-in convenience.)
The park also features seven miles of hiking trails including the one-half-mile boardwalk that follows along the lake and connects the Visitor Center/Camp Store with the campground areas.
On the campground side of the boardwalk, the Continental Bridge provides even more enjoyment as the lake spills over the dam creating a natural symphony from the waterfall.
Thinking about just spending a day at Cheraw State Park or a whole weekend? It's a wonderful family-oriented spot for either option. Picnic facilities, a playground, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, and...
a classic, 18-hole, lakeside golf course ensure there's something for everyone to enjoy!
Ever been to Cheraw State Park? It's the perfect place to explore the Sandhills in South Carolina.
Cheraw State Park on the web to learn more or making lodging reservations. This trip to the South Carolina Sandhills is sure to be one you won’t soon forget.
While you’re in Cheraw, be sure to visit
Dizzy Gillespie Park, named for the town’s most famous birthright claim to fame.
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Cheraw State Park, 100 State Park Rd, Cheraw, SC 29520, USA