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HOURS

M-Su 9 a.m. to dark, year round

OFFICE

11a.m.-noon & 4-5 p.m.

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ADMISSION

Free admission

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PETS

Beginning January 1, 2020, pets will be allowed in cabin 2. This cabin will be designated as pet friendly. Pets are allowed in most other outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in cabin 2 or the cabin area prior to January 1, 2020.

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Barnwell State Park

Midlands

Trails

Dogwood Interpretive Trail

Length: 1.5 mile loop

Type: Interpretive Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Description: Though perhaps best known for its fine fishing and a popular community recreation center, Barnwell State Park also includes this easy 1.5-mile loop trail which encircles the southernmost of two lakes. Begin your hike at the park office by facing the lake. Go left (south) and hike in a clockwise direction, mainly because the dam at the lower end of the lake is much easier to cross in this direction. The Barnwell Lake Trail is a wonderful excursion, especially if you’re interested in botany. To aid you in their identification, many of the trees and shrubs have small identifying signs. In some sections the woods are very thick, featuring. yellow jessamine, wild orchids, hollies and poplars in the wet areas, and very large oaks and pines dominating the drier areas.

Fern Hill Nature Trail

Length: 1.5 mile loop

Type: Nature Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Description: The Fernhill trail begins across from the lower pond dam to the left of the parking area for the dam access. The Beautiful Fern Hill Nature Trail is in the shape of a figure eight with maps located on the trail so that you may choose to make it a short hike or a longer hike. The Fernhill Nature Trail gets its name from the thousands of ferns located alongside many portions of the trail. Not only will you encounter ferns, but there are also many flowering plants along the trail such as yellow jessamine, partridgeberry, butterfly weed and Spanish moss.  On this trail, you can see the troughs and elevation changes created by Barnwell State Park’s watershed leading back to the three lakes in the park. You will also experience the regrowth of a forest after the tornado that occurred here in January 2016. This trail has the perfect conditions for hiking, biking and birding. 


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