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When exploring the Palmetto State, be sure to stop at Little Pee Dee State Park in the South Carolina Midlands. The park is located in Dillon County, which is on the dividing line between the Carolinas. The nearest town, Dillon, is roughly half an hour from Florence, South Carolina, and 40 minutes from Darlington, South Carolina. If you’re in search of a sandy getaway where you can relax on the water or leisurely venture out into nature, this is the park for you.
The park is named for one of its most striking features, the Little Pee Dee River, which received its name from the Pee Dee peoples who once inhabited the area. The river isn't the only unique characteristic of the park. It's also home to the 54-acre Norton Lake and a phenomenal Carolina bay. Campers can explore the sand rim surrounding the bay. The sandy terrain of Little Pee Dee is reflected in how the region is titled, the Sandhills. Book an RV in Dillon County so you can experience all that the region has to offer.
Looking to enjoy a quiet nature walk? Look no further than the park’s Beaver Pond Nature Trail. Conveniently, the trail’s starting point is at the state park RV campground. Campers can wander through a forest of pine trees into a bottomland hardwood forest. Along the way, you’ll find the beaver pond for which the trail was named. You’ll also have the opportunity to observe the other local wildlife from a designated viewing area.
Available on Norton Lake is a 75-foot pier from which Dillon campers can cast their lines. You also have the option of fishing from the banks of Little Pee Dee River. Bass, bream, and catfish are among the species of fish that are likely to be found in these bodies of water. However, you must have a South Carolina fishing license to enjoy fishing at this state park.
If you’re planning to bring your own boat with you on your motorhome camping trip, you’re in luck. You can use the park’s boat ramp to access the lake. Electric motorboats are welcome on Norton Lake, but you're not allowed to operate a gas-powered boat on the lake. Jon boats, canoes, and kayaks can be rented through the park.
Thirty-two campsites with electricity and water are available to Little Pee Dee State Park campers, in addition to 18 sites with water. At each campsite, you’ll find a picnic table and fire ring with a grill. While you prepare food, the park’s nearby playground will keep the kids entertained for hours. The park provides restrooms near the campground with hot showers and flush toilets. It also contains a dump station for RVs.
If you’re planning your Little Pee Dee State Park RV camping trip for at least two nights, you can make a reservation. Campsites can be booked online or over the phone; however, same-day reservations must be made directly through the park. Well-behaved pets can join you at the campground but must remain under restraint or on a leash no longer than six feet.
Once you've enjoyed all the park’s activities, head over to the town of Dillon. There, you will find a variety of restaurants, shops, and family-friendly activities. Attractions include the historic J. W. Dillon House. This five-bedroom estate, which now serves as a museum, was built in 1890. It once was the home of Dillon County’s founder, James W. Dillon, and contains many of the original household effects. After your visit, make sure to fill up your rental RV at one of several gas stations in Dillon before continuing on your journey.
For a deeper look into twentieth-century life in Dillon County, head over to Latta, South Carolina, where you’ll find the Dillon County Museum. The museum houses local artifacts from the 1900s. While in Latta, be sure to visit the nearby Veterans Park. You can enjoy the park’s scenic picnic area and swings while admiring names of veterans, some of whom fought in the Revolutionary War.
Drive your RV rental down Interstate 95 to Florence, South Carolina, to the year-round Pee Dee State Farmers' Market. This 45,000-square-foot farmers' market provides visitors with the opportunity to check out out local crafts, plants, and produce. If you’re planning to visit during October, don’t miss the large Pee Dee Fall Plant and Flower Festival. This event is free and offers a fall-themed selection of plants, outdoor and indoor items. No matter what time of year you visit the Carolina Sandhills, you’re sure to enjoy everything the region has to offer.