Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $19.00
Rate is based on $16 for day use plus fees and taxes for a total of $19.19. While this is a nice CG once you get into it, it is by no means big rig friendly. The main road into the park is narrow and twisty, but it has plenty of places where two vehicles can pass. However the nearly half mile long road up to the CG is one lane only with no options for passing another vehicle. The road edges have serious erosion making pulling off the road impossible for normal vehicles and motorhomes. I mentioned this to the ranger and she told us that they get away with it because of the low volume of campers and that most people leave early in the day and people arriving come in later. She did say that people have had to back down the road at times. I would recommend sending someone up or down before attempting to enter or exit. After our one day stay, my wife went down in our toad first to stop anyone from coming up. She was going to call to give the all clear, but the bottom of the CG road was a Verizon dead spot. Our Verizon cell and broadband did work up in the CG and batwing was good, but with mostly PBS type stations. This is not a place that we would return to because of the CG road. But for smaller units and tents this is a pretty nice CG. During our early August mid-week stay, we were the only people in the entire CG. The host site had a trailer on it, but they were not there the day we were. We camped at Poinsett State Park in a Motorhome.
Tips for other Campers:
Bring everything you will need with you. It is a long way to anything.
Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $18.00
We arrived after hours and the park office was closed, so we setup on our assigned site. The site had limbs and leaves and required raking before occuping. Having not been here before and not knowing, getting into the site we booked was slightly difficult because of several trees. For someone with little or poor backing skills it would have been very difficult. Many other sites would be much easier. The road into the campground was narrow. If you were to meet another camper, passing would be impossible. We had some heavy rain our second day which left the road and our campsite muddy. It did dry quickly after the rain ended. Our site was clay/sand, electric and water in good order. The bathhouse was dated but clean. There was no hand soap or hand towels in the mens. There are many CCC era buildings and shelters within the park. There are some ruins from the CCC workers camp that are located near the park ranger's home. The park has many scenic walking trails varying in length and difficulty. There was a campground host but we never saw him. Park staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. The nearest store is about 13 miles away. AT&T cell/4G service is very good. Despite the negatives, we really like the campground and park. Our fall visit was both scenic and enjoyable. We camped at Poinsett State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $18.00
Nice wooded campground with lots of trails, a small lake, canoes and paddle boats for rent, great rangers and camp hosts and clean bathhouses. With a regular RV TV antenna can get local channels. Will stay again if in the area. Would have rated higher but the roads are narrow with ruts and pot holes. We camped at Poinsett State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $18.00
We stayed here on a very warm December weekend so we did a lot outside and the park was pretty deserted. The park roads are narrow and the campground road is dirt and rutted and could use a bit of upkeep. The park is very secluded and in a beautiful setting. It's another CCC-built park with lots of shelters and bridges and a lake. The biodiversity of the plants and animals is very interesting. There are 4 different habitats within the park boundaries and they can all be experienced on the many trails that crisscross through a small part of the 1000 acres that comprise this park. Lots to do here: hiking, trail riding, boating, fishing. The ranger was very helpful. They had come through and blown the leaves off of many of the trails as well as all of the campsites. 3 sites have gravel (15,21,23), the rest are hard-packed clay/sand. The restrooms and showers were well maintained. There is WiFi available at the office, at the campsite we received 12 TV channels and cell phone service (Verizon) was 2-bars. We really liked this park and will definitely be back. We camped at Poinsett State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $15.00
This is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors. Towns are very far away: bring what you need. They do sell firewood. There is new plumbing in the showers. We camped at Poinsett State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Roads are very narrow. In the campground, they are dirt with deep ruts. And when we were here, it rained so that added to the ruts. But it is a beautiful setting. Very shaded so we didn't even bother when the satellite TV. The ranger guy was very nice and helpful. Would stay here again. We camped at Poinsett State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: December, 2008 - $13.00
Nice and secluded. Did not use it, but they had a sign that said bring your laptop near the office and enjoy free wi-fi. Great trails and lake. Rest rooms and showers are old, but the plumbing works well and were very clean. We camped at Poinsett State Park in a Travel Trailer.
We really like this park and have been there several times. The trails are great and are a part of the Palmetto Trail, which when complete will run from the mountains to the coast. The dam at the lake still contains ruins from an old mill site with a small but beautiful waterfall. An excellent mountain bike trail of nearly eight miles round trip goes from the park to nearby Campbell's Pond. This campground is very, very lightly used. On an August weekend in 2007, we were the only guests in the entire park. Scenic overlook a short walk from the campground loop offers a 50-mile view to the west. Campsites are level sand, very wide and heavily wooded. The paved road up to the campground loop is narrow and twisty but fairly short. We camped at Poinsett State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: April, 2008 - $12.00
We spent two nights here in a 37' fifth wheel. Some of the sights are relatively spacious but in loop 1 (where the water and electric are) it will require some careful driving to maneuver a larger rig around. It is a quiet and picturesque campground with a friendly staff. We stayed here as part of our visit to the Congaree National Park. Note: Do NOT try to take a large rig into loop 2 as there are some very tight turns. We camped at Poinsett State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Date of Stay: March, 2007 - $55.00
For an uncrowded, beautiful rustic setting with abundant hiking trails, a nice lake, boating, very low campground rates, and equestrian trails and facilities, this park is magnificent. In addition to the main campground and cabin area, this 1000-acre park contains a large group campground and a separate equestrian campground. There are, however, no camp store (the town of Sumter, approximately 9 miles away, has lots of stores, restaurants, and recreational facilities; firewood can be purchased in the park office) and few if any planned activities in the park. The cabins are fully (and nicely) furnished, and provide a superb base for those who want to "get away from it all." We camped at Poinsett State Park in a Campground Cabin.
Date of Stay: January, 2007 - $14.00
Very secluded and not used by many. If you want to get away from everything, this is the place. Plenty of trails and a wonderful lake filled with wildlife (including gator in summer). We camped at Poinsett State Park in a Travel Trailer.