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Jeffries Creek Park — Florence, South Carolina

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Jeffries Creek Park

A lush landscape of swampy cypress provides a peaceful backdrop at Jeffries Creek Nature Park, centered around Jeffries Creek’s 55-acre watershed near downtown Florence. Jeffries Creek is a blackwater tributary of the Great Pee Dee River. An upscale subdivision surrounds the park, and the creek is vulnerable to pollution due to this adjacent development.

Jeffries Creek Bridge in Florence, SC

Karen Creel of Florence, 2019 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The park features a trail that follows Jeffries Creek through an imposing stand of old growth cypress. The creek winds through both Darlington County and Florence County. Beginning just below Hartsville, it is a tributary of the Great Pee Dee River.

Jeffries Creek Park Bridge

David Franks of Florence, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The infamous Florence Stockade, a Civil War prison camp, was built along Jeffries Creek to hold Union prisoners of war. The camp’s location was chosen for two reasons: It was near the railroad, and Confederate officers believed it would be safe from Sherman’s army.

Jeffries Creek

Karen Creel of Florence, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In fact, many Union prisoners from Georgia’s Andersonville prison – formally known as Camp Sumter – were transferred to the Florence Stockade during Sherman’s March to the Sea. A rectangular outdoor prison fortified with palisades on earthen walls, the camp was designed in Andersonville’s mold. Dire conditions at the Florence Stockade caused many prisoners to perish. Several Union prisoners from the Florence Stockade are buried within Florence National Cemetery.

Reflections on the Jeffries Creek Park

Contributor Karen Creel, who captured the snowy shot above, shares: “Florence got a little ice from winter storm Jonas in 2016. This is a picture of Jeffries Creek from that day.”

Add your own reflections here.

Jeffries Creek Park Info

Address: 1501 Hillside Drive, Florence, SC 29501
GPS Coordinates: 34.171906,-79.793110
Website: http://www.cityofflorence.com/departments/parks/recreation/jeffries-creek.aspx

Jeffries Creek Park Map

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7 Comments about Jeffries Creek Park

SCIWAY says:
May 6th, 2018 at 8:49 pm

According to this official DNR site, it does look like you’re able to! http://www.dnr.sc.gov/lakes/access/florence.html

Missy says:
May 6th, 2018 at 3:17 pm

Can you fish here?

Milisia Weldon says:
June 20th, 2014 at 7:46 am

From the Index to Grants, South Carolina Archives, we learn that on October 7, 1762, John LOVELESS, a merchant trader on the Pee Dee, was granted 50 acres on Jeffrey’s Creek, which flows into the Pee Dee River. John LOVELESS lived at Winyaw plantation. Judgement Rolls, 1762, No. 109A, South Carolina Archives.

Source: The Papers of Henry Laurens: Vol. 5, Sept. 1, 1765-July 31, 1768. P:301.

Marilyn Regentin says:
May 15th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Yes, Joy! It is different, for sure. And oh so beautiful!

Joy Smith says:
May 15th, 2012 at 9:27 am

Jeffries Creek! Can you believe it? Park and Preservation project. Not the Jeffries creek I remember but sure brought back fun memories. Thanks Marilyn.

Donna Foster says:
October 11th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I had mine there and it was beautiful!

Jessica Freeman says:
October 7th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I’m thinking about having my wedding here on January 28th 2012…


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