Come explore Cheraw's historic areas. Self guiding brochures are available for download and at the Lyceum Museum, Old St. David's Church, Town Hall, and the Cheraw Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy the award-winning Historic Cheraw Cell Phone Tour, dine in one of our fine eating establishments or shop in our quaint downtown village or sprawling highway 9. Follow in Dizzy Gillespie's footsteps, kayak on Lake Juniper, hike and bike in the sandhills, or play 18 on an award winning golf course. Enjoy our family-friendly Spring Festival to welcome warmer temperatures or the popular ChristmasFest each December. Plan now to come savor all Cheraw has to offer.


96,000 acres of public land

There are more than 96,000 acres of public land in Chesterfield County.
Sand Hills State Forest, Cheraw State Park, Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge and Cheraw town parks provide extensive facilities for all kinds of outdoor activities. Pick up maps, permits and information at the sites. Some of the activities and sites are free, others require user fees.

Cheraw State Park

Cheraw State Park is the oldest and, with 7,361 acres, one of the largest parks in South Carolina's great park system. Take a walk along the lake's boardwalk, camp by the water's edge or stay for a week in one of the cozy cabins. The park offers an 18 hole championship golf course, boating, camping, picnicking, bridle, nature and mountain bike trails, cabins and fishing. It also features two large group camps, towering pines and the endangered red cockaded woodpecker.
US 52, four miles south of Cheraw Park office: (843) 537-9656

For park reservations: toll free (866) 345-7275
Pro shop and tee times: (843) 537-2215 or toll free (800) 868-9630 email: cherawsp@ scprt.c om.

Sand Hills State Forest

The 46,000 acres of Sand Hills State Forest provide a variety of recreational opportunities. There are 13 fish ponds, hiking, mountain bike and equestrian trails as well as fishing, camping and picnic sites. The Forest is part of the Wildlife Management Area program and hunting is allowed in season. Some of the rarer plants and animals in the area are the red cockaded woodpecker, Pixie Moss and the Pine Barren Tree Frog.

Sugar Loaf Mountain

A mini mountain towering a 100 feet above the surrounding State Forest, Sugar Loaf Mountain has been a favorite family gathering place for generations. Sugar Loaf is part of the remains of the oldest mountain chain in North America. It is especially pretty in May when the Mountain Laurel is blooming. (17 miles south of Cheraw. Take US I to Ruby-Hartsville Hwy. then north and watch for sign after about 3 miles. Turn here on Scotch Road and follow signs.)

Sand Hills State Forest
US 1, 18 miles southwest of Cheraw
P.O. Box 128 Patrick, SC 29584
Park office: (843) 498-6478
Fax: (843) 498-6705

Office hours: Mon. to Fri. 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm forest email: shs
Some activities require permits & fees.

The Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

The Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge is one of the southeast's premier sites for viewing the rapidly diminishing longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem. Within the 47,850 acres of the refuge are hiking and biking trails, wildlife viewing platforms, bird blinds and numerous ponds. Hunting and fishing are allowed during certain seasons. This is an excellent site for bird watching. Check the website for special events, regulations and maps.

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
24 miles southwest of Cheraw
on US 1 near McBee
23734 US Highway 1
McBee, SC 29101
Park office: (843) 335-8401
Fax: (843) 335-8406 email: caroli nasandhil

The H. Cooper Black Recreation Area

In combination with Sandhills State Forest, features over 100 miles of marked trails and sandy roads for riders, a 24 stall horse barn, clubhouse, 2500' tether lines, 26 corrals, a full size arena, and primitive and full service camp sites. Trails include the Pine Barrens Trail, 26 miles; Sugar Loaf Horse Trail, 20 miles; and Pine Barrens Wagon Trail, 27 miles. (843) 378-1555.

Cheraw Parks

Cheraw has a number of parks including Arrowhead Park (State Road) which has four lighted baseball fields, a lighted soccer & football field, a walking trail, playground, and picnic shelter. Riverside Park (northeast Church Street) offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Great Pee Dee River along with a boat ramp, picnic area, nature area and walking trail. Caston Park (entrances at Market, Huger and High streets) is home to four lighted tennis courts, a lighted youth baseball field and playground. The Cheraw Community Center (200 Powe Street) has a basketball court, classrooms, teen center, game rooms, art gallery, administrative office, and banquet facilities. Check out the changing exhibits in the Burr Art Gallery.
Admission: Free

Hiking & Biking Trails

Mountain Bike Trails

Sand Hills State Forest
• 9 mile loop.
Headquarters Mountain Bike Trail is a single track that goes through pinelands, streams and tight turns. Entrance is on US 1 near Patrick at the headquarters of Sand Hills State Forest.
admission: Free

Cheraw State Park
• 10 mile trail.

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
• Over 100 miles of dirt and graveled roads which are open to bicyclists.

Hiking/Walking Trails

Cheraw State Park
Nature Trail ,1.9 miles
Lake Boardwalk Trail , .5 mile
Turkey Oak Trail , 4.5 miles

Sand Hills State Forest
Sugarloaf Mountain Trails includes a 1.7 mile nature trail.
admission: Free

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
Carolina Sandhills Hiking & Walking
Woodland Pond Nature Trail , 1 mile; Tate's Trail , 3.5 miles
Several short walks are very suitable for families including the Longleaf Pine Trail, Triple Lakes Walk, and Martins Lake Hiking Trail.
admission: Free

Greater Cheraw Trail System
Arrowhead Park , 3.1 miles
The Pee Dee Trail , 1.7 miles
Tanyard Loop , 1.0 miles.
admission: Free

Hunting, Boating & Fishing


There are several Wildlife Management Area sites in the vicinity of Cheraw and one private preserve. All persons 14 or older are required to have a valid hunting license. Short term licenses are available, and seasons generally begin in September.

Wildlife Management Areas (These require a WMA permit):
Sandhills State Forest - Patrick, SC (843) 498-6478
• Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge - McBee, SC. (843) 335-8401
• Lake Paul Wallace (doves) - Bennettsville, SC
• Moree's Sportsman Preserve
Quail, deer, ducks, wild boar, pheasants etc.
Moree's offers a lodge, dog kennels, bunk houses, guides and hunting ranges as well as fish ponds and sporting clays.
Ten miles south of Cheraw on US. 52. (843) 378-4831 cell (843) 309-4126 email: moreehunt @aol .com


Cheraw State Park
• Cheraw State Park has boats, canoes and kayaks for rent by the day or hour on 361 acre Lake Juniper. Also available are comfortable cabins, a camping area with hookups for the RV traveler, tent sites, groups camps, and hiking trails. Day use facilities include an 18 hole championship golf course, playground equipment at the lakeshore, picnic areas, and scenic walking paths.

Riverside Park
• Riverside Park in Cheraw has a boat ramp for local access to the Great Pee Dee River. Carolina Sandhills and the State Forest provide only the lakes and ponds. Numerous ponds and small lakes dot Sand Hills State Forest and Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge .


• Cheraw State Park Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge (visitors need to pick up map and regulations)

• Sand Hills State Forest , the Great Pee Dee River (access at Riverside Park on Church Street in Cheraw), and Lake Paul Wallace in Bennettsville provide a variety of warm water fishing opportunities. Non residents 14 or older must have a license to fish in any fresh waters. South Carolina has a reciprocal fishing agreement with Georgia only. Licenses are available at hardware, tackle shops and Wal-Mart SuperCenter.


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