Andrew Jackson State Park is the very first of the SC State Parks I visited this year, for the sole reason that it is the closest. In fact, it's only about a 25 minute drive from my house, making it the closest of any park, North or South Carolina.
Relatively small, with only two one-mile loop trails, this park is perfect for beginner hikers, families, and those who are just looking for a casual nature walk.
The Crawford Trail takes you through a mixed forest of pine, cedar, and oak trees. You are likely to see birds, deer, and other wildlife on this trail. The Garden of the Waxhaws trail follows the edge of the fishing lake, taking you through both open and wooded areas.
AJ State Park is the site of the homeplace of President Andrew Jackson and includes an 18th-century replica schoolhouse, as well as picnic areas, campgrounds, and fishing amenities.
Need to Know:
Admission: $3 adults; $1.50 SC seniors; $1 children age 6-15; age 5 & younger free
Park Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., daily from Nov.1-March 31; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., daily April 1-Oct. 31
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