Chester County, SC

Chester County, SC


Parks and recreation areas

  • Chester County Transportation Museum

    The old Seaboard Railroad freight depot in Chester has now been restored as a transportation museum, open every day except Sunday and Monday. Outside the building you will see some old highway mile markers, plus the railroad track which is still in use. On the inside, you can find a collection of old automobiles, a horse-drawn buggy, old bicycles, several model railroads, and hundreds of smaller transportation artifacts from a variety of eras. The building itself has been wonderfully restored by groups of volunteers. This is a great place for railfans, antique car buffs, or anyone else who is interested to visit.

  • Chester Nature Park

    This little-known park and outdoor learning lab is nestled on 25 acres of woods and streams. It features a wide variety of plant and animal life, including evergreens, oaks, cedars, birds, rabbits, deer, and butterflies. A paved walking trail runs around the property, giving you a chance to experience the whole thing.

  • Chester State Park

    This state park offers plenty of hiking trails, plus a 165-acre pond in a hilly terrain. Several picnic shelters overlook the lake. It is also a popular place for fishing.

  • Landsford Canal State Park

    Landsford Canal is the last of a dozen 19th century South Carolina river canals, and it has all of its major features intact. Several hiking trails follow the canal and the river. This is a good place to see transportation history. It also makes a nice scenic hike for those who prefer flat trails, rather than mountainous ones. Canoe access to the Catawba River is available at a drop off area.

    From mid-May to mid-June, you can see the world's largest population of the Rocky Shoals spider lilies here.

  • Richburg Park

    This small town park in Richburg, SC has an unusual feature. An old saddle-tank steam locomotive sits on display for visitors to look at. In addition, you will find picnic shelters, basketball and tennis courts, and a playground.

  • Rocky Creek Trail

    This short trail runs along Rocky Creek, a tributary of the Catawba River. Most of the pathway is level and covered with gravel.

    Note: This is not the same place as the Rock Creek Trail.

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