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Bridge at Cheraw State Park


Cheraw State Park is the perfect destination for both a relaxing getaway and an exciting adventure in nature. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an avid golfer or simply looking for a serene escape, this South Carolina state park has something for everyone. 

Here are five must-try activities for the perfect summer getaway at Cheraw State Park.

1.   Play a Round of Golf

Cheraw State Park is home to a stunning 18-hole championship golf course surrounded by woodlands and wildlife. With features including a pro shop, driving range, practice green, snack grill, and clubhouse, it’s a golfer’s paradise.

The course itself offers a challenging yet enjoyable experience for golfers of all skill levels. Teeing off among towering pines and serene lakes makes the experience more enjoyable. Whether you’re an avid golfer or a beginner, playing a round at Cheraw State Park is a great way to connect with nature and enjoy a day outdoors.

Cheraw State Park in Cheraw, SC
Cheraw State Park Golf Course

2.   Have a “Beach” Day

Who says you need to go to the coast to enjoy a beach day? The sandy shores of Lake Juniper offer a perfect retreat. Sunbathe, picnic or simply relax by the water. The calm waters provide a great spot for swimming, especially for families with children.

Cheraw State Park
Cheraw State Park

3.   Paddle Through Lake Juniper

If you enjoy being on the water, paddling through Lake Juniper is an activity you won’t want to miss. The park offers many rentals including canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and pedal boats, allowing you to explore the lake at your own pace. Enjoy the water, navigate through coves and take in the greenery that lines the shore. 

Pro Tip: Early morning or late afternoon paddles are perfect for spotting wildlife and enjoying cooler temperatures.

pedal boats at Cheraw State Park
Cheraw State Park

4.   Stay The Night in a Cozy Cabin

Extend your adventure by booking one of the park’s cozy cabins. Nestled among the trees these cabins — most of which are newly renovated — provide a rustic yet comfortable retreat. Equipped with modern amenities like Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and more, they are perfect for families, couples, or solo travelers looking to escape. 

Cheraw State Park in Cheraw, SC
Cheraw State Park (photo courtesy of Jason Barnette)

5.   Try to Spot the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

Grab your binoculars; Cheraw State Park is a great place for birdwatchers, particularly those hoping to catch a glimpse of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. These elusive birds thrive in the park’s mature pine forests. Patience and a keen eye might reward you with a sighting of this unique bird, known for its bright red head and black and white body. You may even spot the unique fox squirrel in the process.