It might have an odd name (there’s a Big Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee river in South Carolina), but this is a sweet little park. Mostly, it seems to get a lot of people who grew up in nearby Myrtle Beach area and a few vagabonds like me who are drawn to it being not really near anything cool or notable. It’s on a little lake, there are some good hiking trails, and it’s quiet and dark at night. What more could you ask for in a campground?
Pick carefully and you can get a waterfront site like mine. This was my view looking out the kitchen window. And I could lay in bed and watch the sunrise happen out my back window (see my Sunrise in Three Acts post).
Last time I was here, in 2018, the dam had broken and so the lake had disappeared. Without the lake, I didn’t think much of the place so I wanted to give it another chance after I heard the dam had been rebuilt. It was definitely one of my better ideas.
This is a small campground, and while it fills up on the weekend, it’s pretty quiet weekdays. Good trails, including one that I didn’t reach the end of and turned around at the 45 minute mark.
This might be a nice bolthole if you want to get away from it all or if you’re looking for a stopover just south of the NC/SC line. While it’s never going to be as popular as its sister state parks like Hunting Island, it’s a good little park and I’d stay here again anytime.
LITTLE PEE DEE (SOUTH CAROLINA STATE PARKS)
- Sites along the lake are the best, even if you can’t always launch a kayak from one. Site 9 is my favorite and the one pictured in this post. Reserve at South Carolina State Parks.
- Boat launch at the end of the road (literally).
- Services: electric/water with dump station. Two bath houses with showers. Trash bin at the dump.
- Solid T-Mobile. Decent Verizon. Weak ATT.
- Groceries: 20 minutes to the Walmart or IGA in Dillon. Same for gas.
It is to our own detriment that we underestimate the might of small and simple things.
Richelle E. Goodrich