Barnwell State Park is a community favorite among the residents of Blackville, South Carolina. 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 and a nature trail that winds around one of the lakes. A community building is available for meetings, reunions, weddings and other group gatherings.
Fishing Information: Fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish may be enjoyed in any of our park lakes with a valid South Carolina fishing license.
Fishing Pier: A small pier is located out from Shelter 1 at the park.
Tackle Loaner Program: This park participates in the Tackle Loaner Program sponsored by the SC Dept. of Natural Resources. Rods and reels are available for loan at the park office.
Freshwater Fishing: Yes
Boating and Boat Access: Private boats without gas-powered engines are allowed in the park lakes. There is no boat ramp at the park, and private boats must be small enough to carry from the parking area. Please contact the park with any questions before bringing your boat. Rental fishing boats are also available at the park.
Playground Equipment: Yes
Picnic Shelters: Yes
Playground: The park has a playground located in the day-use area near the park office.
Swimming: The swimming area at Barnwell is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The area is swim at your own risk and there is no lifeguard on duty.
Bird Watching: The best place for birdwatching at the park is from the pier located out from Shelter 1. Osprey, a variety of ducks to include wood ducks, and painted buntings can often be seen.
Other Facilities and Activities: The park has a volleyball area, and balls and frisbees are available for check-out at the park office.
Interpretive Trails: The Dogwood Interpretive Trail is a moderately difficult 1.5-mile long trail.
Camping Information: Each site is packed gravel and includes individual water and electrical hookups. The campground is convenient to restrooms with hot showers.
Four sites accommodate RVs up to 36 feet, others up to 28 feet. Campsites 18-25 have 50 amp electrical hookups and sewer hookups. A dump station is available for RVs. Camping clubs may reserve up to 20 sites.