Enjoy the great outdoors
This photo of Lake Brown, courtesy of Melissa Roberts Photography, shows some of Barnwell County’s natural beauty.
ove the outdoors? Barnwell County is the perfect spot for hunting, fishing, boating and camping. Whether you are looking for a spot to picnic or are serious about playing a sport, there are many parks and sites within Barnwell County to find outdoor recreation. Additionally, Barnwell County is bounded by the scenic Savannah River. Barnwell State Park is a community favorite situated between Barnwell and Blackville. It is one of 16 state parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Barnwell is best known for its great fishing spots. Three small lakes host a large population of crappie, bream, bass and catfish. Overnighters can take advantage of the Barnwell State Park cabins and campground, both of which sit only a short walk from the park lakes. Recreational opportunities include non-motorized fishing boat rentals, picnicking
Public Parks Barnwell
•Collins Park •Darnell Park •Fuller Park •Jack Phillips Park •Kilkenny Park To reserve a park in Barnwell, call (803) 259-3317. •Lake Edgar Brown •Lemon Park •Veterans Memorial Park
and a nature trail that winds around one of the lakes. A community building is available for meetings, reunions, weddings and other group gatherings. Admission is free. The park is open each day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours during Daylight Savings Time. The park’s office is open daily from 11 a.m. to noon and 4 to 5 p.m. Pets are not allowed in or around cabins and other lodging facilities. Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Lake Edgar Brown encompasses 100 acres and can be accessed within the City of Barnwell by a boating ramp and small piers. There is also a lighted walking trail surrounding a portion of the lake. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources recently reopened its 15-acre Fish Hatchery in Barnwell. The mission of the fish hatchery program “is to propagate those species of fish in sizes required to accomplish fishery management objectives as recommended by the biological staff and approved by administrative personnel, and to provide pond owners, at cost, largemouth bass, redear sunfish and bluegill for private pond management purposes.” It is located at the intersection of S.C. 64 and U.S. 278 within the city limits of Barnwell. The hatchery has the capacity to produce over 400,000 fish annually, according to the DNR.
•Barnwell State Park, For reservations, call (803) 284-2212. •Healing Springs
•Snelling Town Park, For reservations, call 259-1464.
•Williston Town Park, For reservations, Town Hall at (803) 266-7015. There is no cost, but an agreement must be signed. •Library Park 22 • Information Please 2017 • The People-Sentinel
218 Main St. Barnwell, SC (formerly Edisto Outdoors)
A guide to Barnwell County, SC