Before I start about our weekend at Barnwell State Park I want to say … GO LADY GAMECOCKS! WBB National Champions! I am not a big basketball fan. I played a season of church league when I was in 6th grade, but even back then I had no idea what I was doing. But if you have followed the Gamecock WBB this season or even past seasons you know that they have worked very hard and deserve this title. And as a state we are all very proud of them.
Ok, so Barnwell State Park. The park had an EF 2 tornado touch down January 23 of 2017. So there was considerable damage done to the nature trail, shelters, along with giant trees on the ground. The park is in the process of clearing the fallen trees, and rebuilding some of the structures that were damaged. The nature trail was closed in most places, but Mily and I walked a little along it here and there.
The park had good sings to show where to go for the campground or the cabins. There were multiple places along the pond to fish. After talking to a few other campers we came to the conclusion that the fishing wasn’t the best in the pond. The campsites were level for the most part, and Hunter did an amazing job of backing Brenda into her spot. Barnwell State Park has 25 campsite, and 6 of them are full service. There are also 5 round cabins at the other side of the state park that you can rent as well.
The bathhouse was fairly small. It was the exact same layout at the bathhouse from Aiken State Park, so I am guessing they are all fairly similar. The bathhouse was clean, a little outdated but I would rather have an older clean bath house over a messy new one any day.
The campground had a horseshoe set up along with a few different fire pits. I still don’t understand why the campgrounds don’t have playgrounds right there in them. I think that would be my number one suggestion for SC State Parks. Most people I know that are going to campgrounds are families, and it would be very convenient, instead of having to bike or walk to the other side of the state park.
But as far as the ride to the playground and the quality of the playground, it was great. We did have to ride up and down some hills and with the nature trail being closed it made the ride a little further but it was well worth it. At the playground area you have the ranger station, gift shop, and they also have extra frisbees and footballs to play with. There is also a swimming area at the pond, which opens up in another month or so. Speaking of the ranger, he was awesome. He was extremely friendly and even gave Mily a few freebies which I am pretty sure are under her pillow while she is sleeping right now.
One of my favorite parts of camping is meeting new people and hearing their stories. We met a group that was next to us. One couple was from Kentucky and the other was from Georgia. They had met up at the State Park so they could go to the Masters this week. The couple from Georgia actually had just gotten engaged at the park! Mily was amazed by how beautiful their dogs were, so I am sure she will do some research and figure out what kind of dogs they were.
We had to miss one of our local Easter Egg Hunts Friday night since we were camping so we hid eggs for Mily and had her searching around the campsite. We also squeezed in a few games of GIANT JENGA, which is always fun. We have all come to the conclusion that I am a bull in a china shop when it comes to that game, I have no grace what so ever.
Over all we had beautiful weather, ate delicious food, and made some great family memories. We will definitely be back a few more times once they get the park back into shape and have the trails open. We finally got to test out everything we had bought after our first trip and we are so glad that we got everything that we did. You can check out what we got here. Hopefully after a few more trips we can start into some good reviews of our products.
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