Sumter, SC's Outdoor Recreation

By Kevin Litwin on October 14, 2012 at 10:00 am EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Antony Boshier

Busy bodies can remain active in Sumter thanks to plenty of recreational activities available to residents and visitors.

Parks and Trails

The Sumter County Recreation and Parks Department oversees 24 parks that accommodate boating, birding, hiking, biking, fishing and horseback riding. There are several walking trails, including Cypress Trail that is a scenic six-mile, natural-surface walking trail open daily from dawn until dusk. Walking tracks are also in place at Cherryvale Community Center, Dillon Park, Live Oak Park, Rembert-Rafting Creek Community Center, V.I.M. Park and Wedgefield Community Park.

For tennis fans, Palmetto Tennis Center has 24 lighted courts for night play and offers group clinics and private lessons. Meanwhile, senior citizens stay active in Sumter, too, because the Rec & Parks Department sponsors Senior Fitness Days with competitive games of golf, track and field, horseshoes, basketball and table tennis.

Golf Courses

Sumter has four courses within the city and approximately two dozen that are less than an hour’s drive away. In Sumter, Beech Creek Golf Club is a 6,805-yard course that opened in 1989 and features water on five holes, while Links at Lakewood is a challenging 6,857-yard course that has the area’s only island green at the 175-yard 13th hole. Crystal Lake Golf Course opened in 1990 as a nine-hole municipal facility and later expanded to 18 holes, and Sunset Country Club is a private course that has been around since 1922.

Swimming, Fishing & Boating

Make a splash at the City of Sumter Aquatics Center, which has competition swim meets, a slide, wade pool entrance and fountain. The Aquatics Center schedules water aerobics classes, swim camps for kids, lifeguard training, and swim lessons for kids 3 and older.

Sumter has several fishing and boating opportunities, including at Lake Marion and Manchester State Forest’s four ponds and many creeks. The northern end of the lake is known to many as Sparkleberry Swamp and is a popular place for canoeing and kayaking. Poinsett State Park features a 10-acre lake with bass, bream and catfish. Boats are allowed on the lake and rental boats are available. Other popular places to enjoy the outdoors in this community include High Hills of the Santee Passage, Lynches River and Woods Bay State Natural Area.

Learn more about the outdoors in Sumter, SC.

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