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Williamson Park, Darlington

#212 of 275 in Parks in South Carolina
Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
In 1928, Bright and Margaret Williamson gave more than 50 acres of land to the

people of Darlington to create Williamson Park. Thanks to additional gifts of land,

the Park now includes approximately 70 acres of cypress forest, through which

Swift Creek meanders. Williamson Park Drive, a one-way paved road, runs along the

southern rim and affords a picturesque view of the Park.

In its earliest days camellias, azaleas, and other ornamentals were planted; ever

since, however, the Park has been treated as a woodland preserve. The most recent

emphasis is on removing invasive species and planting native trees and flowers.

Thus, the understory of the Park contains a mixture of native species and older,

traditional garden plants. The large trees that shade the Park are all natives which

are characteristic of South Carolina’s cypress swamps.

An ice storm in the late 1960s, followed in 1989 by Hurricane Hugo, caused severe

damage to the Park, but community support for this tranquil place is strong.

Renovated boardwalks, bridges, and footpaths provide ample opportunity for

visitors to see the more than 300 plant and animal species that flourish here. The

1.1 mile Loop Trail allows bird watchers, dog walkers, and nature lovers of all ages

to enjoy a unique experience in the heart of Darlington.
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  • I tend to visit Williamson Park once or twice a year, but always after lunch. This time,my wife accompanied me and insisted on arriving before breakfast---in order to "beat the bugs." This was...  more »
  • Williamson Park is a well maintained Nature Trail(s) that has boardwalks and paths that are 5-6 feet wide. Paths are basically dirt covered with wood chips. The walk can begin at a small parking...  more »

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