360-acre Andrew Jackson State Park combines history, art, and community activities into a setting that has made it one of the state’s most popular parks. Named for the seventh president of the United States, the park features living history programs, a museum, and interactive exhibits that chronicle Jackson’s boyhood in the South Carolina back-country.
Andrew Jackson State Park was established in 1952 to honor the only South Carolina-born president, Andrew Jackson, who was born nearby in 1767. The park is on U.S. Highway 521 about nine miles north of Lancaster, South Carolina. The park highlights the “Boy of the Waxhaws” sculpted by Anna Hyatt Huntington, an 18th-century replica schoolhouse, a campground, picnic facilities, a fishing lake, and nature trails.
Andrew Jackson State Park maintains 25 camping spaces with paved road access. Each space has water hookup and electricity. There is a 20-acre lake nearby with an island in the middle. Guests will find hiking paths which allow them to explore the island and view the abundant wildlife.
The park's museum features exhibits about the boyhood life of U.S. President Andrew Jackson, who grew up in this region. Rooms depict Colonial life. Inside guests will find a dining room, a bedroom, a textile room, and displays of Colonial tools and farm implements.
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Transportation in Andrew Jackson State Park
The park's address is:
196 Andrew Jackson Park Rd,
Lancaster, SC 29720
From I-77 Southbound: Guests will exit onto Hwy. 5 E. Follow Hwy. 5 until it intersects with Hwy. 521 N. The park is located ½ mi. on the right, 9 mi. N. of Lancaster. Guests will see the park on the left just beyond Beckham Enterprises (also on the left-hand side of the road).
From I-77 Northbound: Guests will exit onto Hwy. 9 E toward Richburg. Take Hwy. 9 until it intersects with Hwy. 521 Go N. on Hwy 521 through Lancaster. Park is 9 mi. N. of Lancaster. Guests will see the park on the right-hand side of the road shortly after passing Ebenezer Baptist Church on the right and passing Old Church Rd.
Andrew Jackson State Park is located approximately:
- Raleigh, NC: 165 miles
- Augusta, GA: 142 miles
- Charleston, SC: 171 miles
- Florence, SC: 85 miles
- Charlotte, NC: 30 miles
- Columbia, SC: 70 miles
- Greenville, SC: 108 miles
- Atlanta, GA: 255 miles
Parking is available in the campground. Guests will also find parking near the boat launch, by the meeting house, and next to the restrooms..
There is no public transportation available within the park.
Campgrounds and parking in Andrew Jackson State Park
Campsites in Andrew Jackson State Park
Andrew Jackson State Park Campground
Guests to Andrew Jackson State Park will enjoy a tranquil stay among the mixed woodland forest at the campground. The park maintains 25 sites with individual water and electrical hookups. Five paved sites accommodate RVs up to 36 feet, while 20 gravel sites accommodate RVs up to 30 feet. The campground is convenient to restrooms with hot showers.
Guests can make camping reservations for a minimum of two nights.
A dump station is provided from campers.
The campground also provides a primitive group camping area which is ideal for organized groups of up to 50 people. Facilities include picnic tables and fire rings. Guests should note that primitive camping is located ½ mile from the restrooms. Reservations are accepted. To make a primitive group camping reservation, contact the park directly.
Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas so long as they are maintained 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.
Seasonal activities in Andrew Jackson State Park
Andrew Jackson State Park offers guests many opportunities to experience the natural beauty of South Carolina. Guests will delight in the tranquility afforded them on these two trails.
Guests will begin this easy one-mile looped sloping, woodland path at the trail-head to the right of the Meeting House. This easy-to-follow dirt trail guides guests through a mixed oak, cedar, and pine forest in an undeveloped area of the park. Along this tranquil path guests will delight in the songs of many birds. Guests may also expect to encounter deer, rabbits, snakes and other wildlife along their hike.
GARDEN OF THE WAXHAWS TRAIL
Guests will locate this moderate one-mile loop trail to the left of the fishing dock. The trail is easy-to-follow and occasionally steep. The Garden of the Waxhaws Trail provides guests access to fishing areas as well as stunning scenic views of the 18-acre park lake. Guests cross a grassy causeway over the dam, and meander along a winding path with many roots. A dirt path guides guests through a mixed pine and hardwood forest. This path challenges guests with slopes and occasional wet areas. Here guests may expect to see waterfowl, squirrels, snakes, and other wildlife.
Guests to Andrew Jackson State Park are invited to enjoy fishing for bass, bream, catfish and crappie in the 18-acre park lake. Guests should note that the bream in this lake are catch and release. Guests are required to have a valid South Carolina fishing license. Guests are invited to try their luck from the bank, from the handicap accessible fishing pier, or to rent a boat and try their luck from the water.
The park maintains a fish pier that is handicap accessible. The fishing pier is located on the park lake.
Guest should note that rental fishing boats are available in the park and private boats that can be hand-carried from the parking lot to the lake are allowed. Gas motors are not allowed on the lake.
Guests to Andrew Jackson State Park with an interest in history will enjoy a visit to Buford Battleground. Although small, this is a very important Revolutionary War battlefield.
On May 28, 1780, Colonel Abraham Buford, who commanded a regiment of 350 Virginians, was overtaken by Colonel Banastre Tarleton (later referred to as “Bloody Tarleton”) of the British Army. Tarleton was in command of 700 cavalry and infantrymen under Lieutenant General Charles Lord Cornwallis. In the ensuing action 115 Americans were killed, 151 were wounded, and 53 were taken prisoner.
There remains considerable debate over whether Tarleton's men shot and bayoneted Patriots while they were in the act of surrendering or after they had surrendered, or whether the British were falsely accused of such atrocities by the Americans to inflame resistance to the British in the backcountry. Regardless, after the battle, nearby settlers aided survivors and buried American soldiers in a long trench.
The dying and badly wounded were transported several miles where they were cared for by, among others, Mrs. Andrew Jackson and her two sons Andrew and Robert. Two monuments now mark the Buford Battleground. Buford’s Massacre was one of the many vicious actions that characterized the Revolutionary War campaigns in the backcountry South. This site was listed in the National Register February 15, 1990.
Guests will find this small roadside stop loaded with history. There are excellent kiosk markers describing the battle that took place here. Monuments and a mass grave remind guests of the horrors that occurred in this battle. The space is well maintained, and history fans will enjoy this historic site. Guests will find small picnic tables here as well.
Andrew Jackson State Park Museum
Andrew Jackson State Park maintains a museum containing Revolutionary War artifacts and artifacts related to President Jackson. Guests to the museum may expect to see exhibits displaying life of South Carolina’s back-country during the late 18th century. Guests will discover the impact the Revolutionary War had on the local community. Guests will gain a greater understanding of how being reared in this setting prepared Andrew Jackson to become the seventh president of the United States.
Andrew Jackson Birthday Celebration
In March of each year, Andrew Jackson State Park offers a birthday celebration for the seventh president of the United States. Guests can take a stroll around the lawn and meet traditional crafters and reenactors. Guests will hear the blasts of black powder guns during firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War reenactors. Guests will see how everyday items that we now buy in stores were made by hand during President Jackson's time. Guests are invited to visit with traditional crafters on the museum lawn as they demonstrate 18th century skills and sell their wares.
Guests can linger at various hands-on activity tables to play with colonial toys, to write on a slate or with a quill pen, or to churn butter and dip candles. Guests are invited to visit the museum and learn why the park celebrates this native son.
Guests will want to include a tour of the one-room schoolhouse by the Retired Educators of Lancaster County. Guests will also find food available for purchase.
Guests to Andrew Jackson State Park interested in art and history will enjoy visiting nearby Springs House. Located in nearby Lancaster, SC, Springs House is a delightful space, full of artwork. Entry is free to the public and guests will find many events are held here throughout the year. Guests visit Spring House to see the wonderful collection of textile and other types of art, on display. Springs House, built in the late 1800's, is home to the Lancaster County Council of the Arts. The house maintains a rotating exhibit of local artists, in its two galleries. This historic home located at 201 W Gay St, Lancaster, SC 29720, was listed in the National Register March 20, 1986.