Williamson Park, Darlington

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#206 of 268 in Parks in South Carolina
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 live a block away from Williamson park so I frequently walk there. It has well maintained trails, bridges and paths. It is arranged in a circular fashion that makes walking around it several times e...  more »
  • The trails are well maintained and easy to navigate. The trees and shrubs are labeled in order to identify them. All and all, it is a wonderful way to spend a couple hours or more.  more »
  • This park is great for bird watchers, people looking to walk for exercise or to look for other signs of nature. They recently cleaned up another area and added picnic tables. This is one of very few g...  more »
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