Darlington County, SC

Darlington County, SC

Parks and recreation areas

  • Dargan's Pond

    Operated By SCDNR, Ducks Unlimited, Clemson University, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, this pond is one of the most popular public fishing spots in the Pee Dee region. It is also an important wildlife habitat.

    There is a small boat ramp, but only electric trolling motors are allowed. A trail system is being installed so visitors will be able to hike around the lake and view a beaver pond complex as well as songbirds.

    Note that this area is open only from March to September, and only on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

  • Kalmia Gardens and Segars-McKinnon Heritage Preserve Heritage Preserve

    The Kalmia Gardens of Coker College in Hartsville feature many species of plants, flowers, herbs, and greenery. It is a wonderful place to walk around and explore. Just behind the gardens, you will find the Segars-McKinnon Heritage Preserve Heritage Preserve. This preserve has a series of trails and boardwalks where you can view the Black Creek and the swamp. In addition, the Sawyer Bike Path runs by the edge of the garden and down West Carolina Avenue.

  • Sand Hills State Forest

    The Sand Hills State Forest consists of 46,000 acres of sand 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 capped 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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