Whether walking for health or to enjoy our beautiful scenery, the City of Sumter, Sumter County and the South Carolina State Parks system offer an amazing variety of choices.  With a range of distances and walking surfaces to offer, one of these is sure to become a favorite spot!


For complete information on park hours and facilities, please contact the following:


City Parks:     (803) 436-2640 or toll-free, 1-800-688-4748


County Parks: (803) 436-2248


State Parks:   Poinsett—(803) 494-8177


                         Woods Bay—(843) 659-4445


Manchester State Forest:  (803) 494-8196


For in-town walking tours, please contact Sumter County Active Lifestyles at (803) 774-3860.  Maps may be picked up at the Swan Lake Visitors Center, 822 W. Liberty Street (M-F, 8:30 a.m.—5 p.m.).


City of Sumter


  • Crosswell Park (Crosswell Drive at Lafayette Drive, .2 miles)  Historic Downtown Sumter Walk (Begins at 129 S. Harvin St., 2.2 miles)
  • Memorial Park (110 N. Salem Avenue, .4 miles)
  • North HOPE Park (N. Main & Vining Streets, .2 miles)
  • Palmetto Park Walk (400 Theatre Drive, 3 miles)
  • South Sumter Park (630 S. Sumter Street, .2 miles)
  • Swan Lake Iris Gardens (822 W. Liberty Street, .7 miles)
  • Tyl Trail Historic Route (Begins at 111 N. Harvin Street, 1.6 miles)
  • USC Sumter Track (200 Miller Road, 1 mile)
  • VIM Park (Middle & Wallace Streets, 9.3 laps=1 mile)
  • Y Walk (50 Willow Drive, 1 mile)


Sumter County


  • Cherryvale Community Center (4340 Confederate Road, 6.75 laps=1 mile)
  • Cypress Trail/Shot Pouch Trail (Access Cypress Trail from Dillon Park or N. Wise Drive, 6 miles; access Shot Pouch Trail from Miller Rd. [under construction])
  • Dillon Park (1250 Clara Louise Kellogg Drive, 1 mile)
  • Ebenezer Community Center (4580 Queen Chapel Road, 10 laps=1 mile)
  • Live Oak Park (US 15S across from Clipper Rd. entrance to Industrial Park, 6.3 laps=1 mile)
  • Patriot Park Sportsplex Sidewalk Trails
    380 General Drive (off Highway 441 near Loring Mill Road.  Open to walkers, runners and bicyclists dawn to dusk daily. Sidewalks located around the soccer and baseball fields or walking/biking/running routes.  Nature trails currently being added.)
  • Rembert-Rafting Creek Community Center (4050 SC 261N, 7.8 laps= 1 mile)
  • Salterstown Park (Hwy 401 to Salterstown Rd., 10 laps=1 mile)
  • Wedgefield Community Park (SC 261S and Wedgefield Road (SC 763), 3.5 laps=1 mile)


South Carolina Parks


  • Woods Bay State Natural Area (.9 mile trail; 500-foot boardwalk) Leashed pets allowed, provided leash is no longer than six feet.




Hiking heaven is not too far away in Sumter’s natural areas.  The trails at Poinsett and Manchester are part of the SC Palmetto Trail, which leads all the way across the state, from the mountains to the sea.


Sumter County


  • Mill Creek Park (Off SC 261S; open space, SC Palmetto Trail area approximately 3 miles)
  • Pack’s Landing (Guided tours available; call (803) 452-5514 or e-mail SC Palmetto Trail access.)
  • Sparkleberry Landing (Camp Mac Boykin Road.  SC Palmetto Trail access.)


South Carolina Parks


  • Manchester State Forest (SC Palmetto Trail area approximately 4.5 miles.  Trails open daily January 2—September 14; Sundays only from September 15 to December 31.  Closed January 1.  Leashed pets allowed.)
  • Poinsett State Park (Coquina Trail, 1.5 miles; part of SC Palmetto Trail. Leashed pets allowed, provided leash is no longer than six feet.)
  • Woods Bay State Natural Area (.9 miles. Leashed pets allowed, provided leash is no longer than six feet.)


SC Palmetto Trail
This 14-mile stretch of the 425-mile South Carolina Palmetto Trail features trailheads at Mill Creek Park and Manchester State Forest.  Trail difficulty range from easy to moderately challenging.  Map available online at