Newberry County, SC

Newberry County, SC


Parks and recreation areas

  • Brick House Recreation Area

    This recreation area in the Sumter National Forest provides access to the Buncombe Trail and the Palmetto Trail. A number of horse trails will be found here also. The camping area has restrooms, but no showers.

  • Broad River Canoe Access @ SC #213

    Under the SC #213 bridge, between the towns of Peak and Jenkinsvillee, you can find a spot for launching small boats onto the Broad River.

  • Cannon's Creek Public Access Area

    This remote location is one of the few public access areas on the Parr Reservoir. In addition to the small boat ramp, two picnic shelters overlook the lake. A small building here contains restrooms with non-flushing toilets. There is also a manually-operated water pump. The nearby bridge over the reservoir is a popular fishing spot. Note that some of the signs along the highway read “Cannons Creek Ramp”.

  • Dreher Island State Park

    This park on Lake Murray, once known as the “Dreher Island State Recreation Area”, is actually made up of three islands linked to the mainland by a causeway and two bridges. Twelve miles of shoreline offer opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking, and camping. This part of the lake is very attractive and peaceful, because it is not as heavily developed as the parts closer to Columbia.

  • Hellers Creek Access Area

    This area is provided by SCE&G for public access to the Parr Reservoir. In addition to the boat ramp, you will also find picnic shelters and a few hiking trails that provide some good views of this largely undeveloped lake.

  • Little Mountain Reunion Park

    Located in the mountainous Dutch Fork region, this town park is the site of the annual Little Mountain Reunion festival (Click here for information). It has plenty of picnic shelters, plus a stage and a ball field.

    Note: This park is sometimes referred to as “Little Mountain Park” or simply “Reunion Park”.

  • Lynch's Woods Park

    Lynch’s Woods Park, sometimes spelled “Lynches Woods”, is a 276-acre woodland with many miles of trails for hiking, jogging, off-road bicycling, and horseback riding. Near the entrance is a large picnic shelter with running water. The Palmetto Trail also passes thru here, and there is a 7-kilometer dirt road that circles thru the park, plus a 12-kilometer off-road bicycle trail.

  • Molly's Rock Picnic Area

    Molly's Rock Picnic Area, managed and operated by the USDA Forest Service, lies within the boundaries of the Sumter National Forest. Sometimes referred to as the “Molly's Rock Recreation Area”, it was built on the site of an old homestead and features a fishing pond, several picnic tables, and a picnic shelter. A short nature trail has some signs with interesting information about how the forest “recycles” itself

  • Peak-to-Prosperity Rail-Trail

    This section of the Palmetto Trail is on an abandoned railroad right-of-way through the towns of Peak and Pomaria. Parking is available in downtown Pomaria, and in the Alston community of Fairfield County.

  • Wells Japanese Garden

    This small park has some interesting plants and decorations around two ponds. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Bicycling routes

Name Length Terrain Description

Little Mountain Explorer

23.7 miles (38 km.)

Moderately hilly

On the first part of this route, you may feel as if you are in the mountains, especially if you ride in the fall. You will also see some nice views of Lake Murray.

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