Lee State Park
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Introduction

Lee State Park sits along the winding and scenic Lynches River. The park’s twelve miles of trails provide a rider with the chance to view the wonders of the sandy coastal plains of South Carolina as well as the wetlands along the beautiful Lynches River. As riders follow the sandy trails through enormous longleaf pines, they will see a variety of different species of plants and animals. White-tailed deer are common. Along the Loop Road, riders will parallel the Lynches River, seeing many wetland species of plant

Resting along the Lynches River, lovely wooded 2,839-acre Lee State Park dates back to 1935. This park was one of several parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. This lovely park, adorned with mature hardwood forest, offers a variety of recreational opportunities.

Visitors to the park will soon discover that the Lynches River is an excellent place for kayak and canoe trips. Fishing is also a popular recreational activity here. Parents will be pleased to learn that children can play and fish for catfish in the park’s artesian pond.

The park’s rich diversity of natural habitats and wildlife make it an ideal setting for nature walks and horseback riding. Equestrian facilities in the park include a show ring, horse stalls, and 23 equestrian designated camp sites.

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Transportation in Lee State Park

Driving

The park's address is:

487 Loop Rd.

Bishopville, SC 29010

The park is easily located from I-20. Take exit 123 (Lee State Park Rd) from I-20 and travel approximately one-mile north. Take a left turn into the park entrance.

If traveling from Alcot, take US-15 S and turn left onto Lee State Park Rd. Continue along this road for about three and a half miles. Then turn right onto Loop Rd. If you miss this turn you will find yourself at I-20.

The park is approximately:

55-miles from Columbia, SC

29-miles from Florence, SC

80-miles from Charlotte, NC

130-miles from Augusta, GA

Parking

Guests to the park will find parking available within the campground area and near the park office.

Public Transport

There is no access to public transportation available within the park.

Campgrounds and parking in Lee State Park

Campsites in Lee State Park

Reservations camping

Lee State Park

Located along the Lynches River, lovely wooded 2,839-acre Lee State Park maintains a campground with 48 camping sites. Guests will find the park exceptionally engaging. Kayaking and canoeing trips can be taken through the park's hardwood forest floodplain. The park's rich diversity of natural habitats and wildlife make it an ideal setting for nature walks and horseback riding.

Lee State Park maintains 25 traditional camping sites as well as 23 specialty equestrian campsites. The park offers twelve miles of equestrian trails, a show ring, horse stables, and artesian wells.

The park campground is open year-round. Each campsite is outfitted for water and electrical hookup. There are restrooms with hot showers conveniently located within the campground. Sites can accommodate RV’s up to 59-feet in length. Guests will also find a dump station and a primitive group camping area ideal for organized group camping. The group area can accommodate up to 100 people. Pets are welcome in the park but must be maintained on a leash no longer than six-feet.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Lee State Park

In-Season

Hiking

Pack your hiking shoes. Lovely wooded 2,839-acre Lee State Park invites hikers to meander through the mature hardwood forest and engage with nature. The park maintains two easy trails. The Floodplain trail is an easy one-mile loop. Guests will find the trail head near the park office. This path will lead you onto a foot­bridge and over two artesian springs that feed the pond. As you traverse the wooded area and enter the tall grass be sure to watch for native wildlife. The Sandhills Trail is another easy walk. However, this trail is only half-a-mile long. This trail which can be located near the first camping area will guide you along a dirt road. The trailhead is approximately 700-feet past the camping area on the left. Guests that choose this trail will follow a footpath through mature hardwood and pine forest. You will find the park road that the end of the trail. You can either use the road, or retrace your steps along the trail to return to your starting point.

Fishing

Spend some time relaxing by the water. Indeed, you may find the invitation to cast a line into the fresh water here undeniable. Catch sunfish, redbreast, catfish and bass from the banks of the Lynches River. You may also wish to try your luck at the Artesian Lake, which has been stocked with catfish. However, be mindful that there is no fishing permitted in the swimming area. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required to fish in the park. Guests can obtain a South Carolina Fishing license and checkout fishing rules and regulations online. If you don’t have your own gear, you can borrow a rod from the park staff as Lee State Park participates in the Dept of Natural Resources Fishing Tackle Loaner Program.

Swimming

Be sure to pack your bathing suit and sunscreen before heading out to Lee State Park as the park maintains a unique swimming are. The swimming area is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. This is an interesting swimming area. Although the space is a bit small, it is fed by one of the artesian springs found within the park and the area is alive with nature. Guests will notice moss and other vegetation in the area. However, this experience isn’t for the faint of heart. Children will delight in the opportunity to swim with the minnows found here. Please, be mindful of your safety as there are no lifeguards on duty.

Off-Season

The South Carolina Cotton Museum

Guests to Lee State Park looking for a unique experience may find the South Carolina Cotton Museum in nearby Bishopville of interest. This is a small museum located off main street in Bishopville. I know, cotton doesn’t sound very exciting. However, remember it was cotton that fueled the local economy for many years. This museum offers exhibits of antique implements and equipment used farming and weaving cotton. Learn fun facts and information regarding every step of cotton production from seed to cloth. The museum docent is knowledgeable and engaging. Guests will see a small room set up like a tenant farmer's home. Guests will also learn how cotton was transported from the field to the market and see an authentic spinning machine.

Horseback Riding

Lee State Park is an exceptional place for horseback riding. The park maintains seven-miles of equestrian trails, 23 equestrian camp sites, a show ring, and horse stables. Horseback riders are also allowed to ride on the Loop Road which is open to vehicular traffic. Loop Road offers horseback riders an easy four and a half-mile ride along the Lynches River. There is also a moderate three and a half-mile horse trail and two miles of cut-through trails that offer horseback riders a moderate ride.

Horses must be confined to Loop Road, bridle trails, show ring area and the equestrian campground. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on park trails. All riders must have proof of current one year negative Coggins test.

Geocaching

Keen geocachers will be delighted to hear that there is a cache located within the park. Those new to this modern twist on treasure hunting will quickly catch the geocaching bug. If you haven’t tried geocaching, the Sandhills Region Challenge-Lee State Park cache is a good beginning cache. Guests hunting for this cache will find it in fairly easy terrain. The cache is regular sized and easy to locate. Look for an ammo can hidden within the park. The cache is located in the area known as the youth camping area or scout camping area. There is a CCC Cabin nearby. You will want to check it out while you are here.

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