Table of Contents for This Series
- Interview with Park Manager Mark Davies
- A peaceful morning paddle on Lake Juniper
- Interview with Cheraw State Park’s Resource Manager, Corinna Hanson
- Interview with Head Golf Pro and Golf Course Business Manager, Brick Hyduke.
- The Rental Cabins at Cheraw State Park
Off yesterday morning for Cheraw State Park. About a 90 minute drive from home in Columbia. Mostly on Route 1. A favorite of mine. Maybe because it’s called “Two Notch Road” through much of Columbia. As you see on the map above, Route 1, by then stripped of its picturesque “Two Notch” appellation, passes through Camden, Bethune (known for nearly a century as Lynchwood), McBee, with its renovated train depot, now a museum, on into the heart of the 46,000-acre Sand Hills State Forest. More about this important forest later on in this series.
It would be easy – and enjoyable! – to spend several days traveling this section of Route 1. Stopping at each of these towns to enjoy their natural and social scenery. Maybe even testing their restaurants …. But a Park reservation awaits.
Turn south on Route 52, just a few miles shy of the town of Cheraw, and you’ll see the Park entrance only a couple miles down the road. On the right.
This is only the beginning. Cheraw is one of two South Carolina State Parks that maintain golf courses. We’ll visit that golf course later on. But golf course maintenance practices seem to have permeated the whole Park. Everything here is beautifully clipped and trimmed. From one end of the Park to the other.
This is the smallest campground I’ve encountered so far. Only 17 sites. But each site is well placed, well maintained, and ready for most any RV. That’s site # 14 above. My favorite. It’s a pull-through, with a nice view of the lake. Level too, though there’s a slight grade up to the level part.
Now, here’s a view across Lake Juniper. This lake, at 360 acres, is ideal for kayaking. Or, at least, the sort of kayaking that I do. Big enough to be interesting; small enough not to be intimidating. We’ll go out for a paddle later on in my stay.