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The river road trail and trailside campsites will be closed for a resource management project until June 28th.

Poinsett is currently accepting applications for Campground Hosts for 2024-2025! If interested, please contact the park via phone or email.

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9am-dark, year round


11am-noon & 4pm-5pm

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$3 adults; $1.50 SC seniors; $1 children age 6-15; age 5 & younger free

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Pets are not allowed in the cabins or the cabin areas. 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.

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Park Manager

Mark Owens

Park Manager

Welcome! My name is Mark Owens and I am the manager at Poinsett State Park. I'm often asked why I became a park ranger. Truth is, my grandfather always wanted to be a park ranger, but became a doctor instead. He was an excellent hunter and fisherman and had a love for nature. It was through our hikes and scouting adventures that I too developed that love for the outdoors. I became an Assistant Ranger at Santee State Park in 2014 and haven't looked back since.

My favorite spot at Poinsett is the coquina boardwalk on the Coquina Trail. It is a boardwalk that was put in with help from a Recreation and Trails Program Grant in 2022. Its sounds of water flowing and animals in natural harmony have a special reverence about them.

I think a first-time visitor should walk the 1.4-mile loop of the Coquina Trail. It takes you up some of the elevation that has earned the park the name “Mountains of the Midlands.” The trail winds its way past the grist mill ruins, the CCC-built Coquina Shelter, Spanish moss-covered mountain laurels and through a tulip poplar and cypress swamp area before making its way back to the park office.

**Our Ultimate Outsider stamp is located at the park kiosk outside of the park office, as well as at the information table inside of the Tea Room.

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.


1 of 16 SC State Parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps

200 men in 3 different CCC camps built what is now Poinsett State Park

25.6 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, and running

10 acres on Levi Mill Lake to fish, swim, or boat and recreate in at Poinsett State Park

50 campsites are available with 24 including power and 26 without power in a beautiful wooded setting

2016 the year Poinsett was placed on the National Historic Registry

5 Rustic CCC Cabins are available for rental that include everything inside but the food

1934 the year construction began at Poinsett State Park by the CCC

5 Stand Up Paddleboards, 8 Kayaks, 1 Jon Boat, 3 Canoes, 1 Pedal Boat available for rent

1000 acres of diverse landscape that offers a taste of the mountains all the way to the low country.


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