In the High Hills of Santee, where the South Carolina Sandhills of the Midlands region meet the coastal plain region, you’ll find Poinsett State Park. Called the "mountains of the midlands," this mixed ecosystem yields a high degree of biodiversity and some of the most unique natural sightings in the park system, especially along the Palmetto trail which winds through the Manchester State Forest.
The High Hills of Santee are dotted with the hiking and biking trails that wind through the park–some of which connect to the Palmetto Trail that leads hikers through the Manchester State Forest. Poinsett’s 10-acre lake makes for a serene setting, and can be used for fishing and johnboat rentals. The park also offers campsites, a fishing pond, a coquina bathhouse built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, pre-revolutionary grist mill ruins and rustic cabins.
Fishing Information: Enjoy fishing in the park's 10-acre lake for bass, bream and catfish. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.
Freshwater Fishing: Yes
Boating and Boat Access: Private boats are allowed on the park lake and rental fishing boats are available.
Private boats must be under 14 feet, and the boat must be carried from the parking lot to gain access to the lake. Gas motors are not allowed in the park lake.
Picnic Shelters: Yes
Swimming: The swimming area at Poinsett is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The area is swim at your own risk and there is no lifeguard on duty.
Bird Watching: Several areas of the park are ideal for birdwatching.
Other Facilities and Activities: Stand up paddleboards (SUPs) are available for rent for $10/hour, each day of the week, Apr. through Oct. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You must be 18 years old to rent them or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Hiking Trails: Certain trails at Poinsett connect to the Palmetto Trail which goes through Manchester State Forest and Mill Creek County Park. Permits are required for biking and equestrian activity on Manchester State Forest.
Hiking trails that can be accessed from the park include: Coquina Trail, Laurel Group Trail, Hill Top Trail and Scout Trail. The Santee Passage and Wateree Passage of the Palmetto Trail can also be accessed from the park.
Camping Information: The campground provides 24 sites with individual water and electrical hookups and 26 tent sites with individual water. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet. The campground is convenient to restroom facilities with hot showers. All sites include water, picnic table and a fire ring.
Customers requiring extended lengths of stay may call the park directly and speak to the park manager.