Sand Hills State Forest

Sand Hills State Forest


Located in Chesterfield and Darlington counties, SC.

16218 Highway 1
Patrick, SC 29584

843-498-6478

Official web site for Sand Hills State Forest


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The Sand Hills State Forest consists of 46,000 acres of sand and trees located between the piedmont and the coastal plain. Since its aquisition, Sand Hills has been used as a demonstration area for forest management. Thirteen stocked fish ponds have been constructed and are open year-round.

Sugar Loaf Mountain is also maintained in Sand Hills State Forest as a family recreational area. This unusual geological phenomenon towers 100 feet above the surrounding terrain. Composed of sand, it was at one time topped with sandstone, much of which has now weathered away. Vegetation on the mountain is also quite unusual for this area. Quiet, shady seclusion, rustic stone and timber picnic shelters, a fishing lake, and a nature trail combine with this geological formation to make Sugar Loaf one of the most popular recreation areas in the sand hills region. Opportunities abound for other forms of recreation such as bird watching, nature study, primitive camping, and horseback riding.

The Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, Cheraw State Park, and the H. Cooper Black Jr. Recreation Area are all located adjacent to this State Forest.


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Features and Facilities

Water Features

  • ponds

Hours of Operation

  • Daylight hours

Admission or Parking Fee

  • Free

Camping Fee

  • $10.00-$15.00 per campsite per night

Other Fees

  • Horseback riding permit, $5.00 per day

Facility Rental

  • The shelter at Campbell Lake may be rented for $15.00 per day. Call 843-498-6478 for information.

How to Get There

  • Located on US #1 near Patrick, SC.


Latitude 34.55191, Longitude -80.11066 [PK464]

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