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Goodale State Park — Camden, South Carolina

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Goodale State Park

N.R. Goodale State Park, located just outside Camden in Kershaw County, offers plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Opened in 1955, this 763-acre park is a beautiful place to hike, canoe, and kayak. Wood ducks make their home in the forest, and the skies are filled with herons, mallards, hawks, egrets, and gulls.

Summer Day at Goodale State Park

Mike Ryan of Elgin, 2019 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

South Carolina boasts 23 state parks. N.R. Goodale was named for a local florist who was primarily responsible for acquiring the land. Kayaks and canoes are available to rent through the park office, adjacent to the pond. There is plenty of room to explore the pond and three-mile canoe trail, which starts at the pond’s far side. Paddles and life-jackets are also provided.

Goodale Cypress Trees

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own small watercraft as well. Electric motors are permitted but might startle the plethora of avian wildlife. The pond hosts a vast array of vegetation, which provides homes for fish, turtles, and the occasional alligator!

Turtles, Goodale State Park

Marc Epting of Batesburg-Leesville, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Adams Mill Pond

Here, the sun begins to set above Adams Mill Pond. The winding trip back towards the trail head is made easier by the current flowing towards the pond. The pine forest surrounding its bank also awaits exploration via the Big Pine Tree Creek Nature Trail.

Goodale State Park Sunset

Marc Epting of Batesburg-Leesville, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Cypress Trees dot the waterscape at Adams Mill Pond. Although they are considered an evergreen (or, conifer) because they produce cones, these trees will lose their foliage during the fall and winter months. In Greek mythology, cypress represented Hades, the god of the underworld.

Adams Mill Pond

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Adams Mill Pond and Big Pine Tree Creek overflow with lush vegetation. White water lilies bloom from the water, surrounded by fields of red and green lily pads. Lily pads are typically green on the side which faces the sun. Wind and wildlife occasionally turn them over, revealing the deep red underside and lending additional color to the pond’s surface.

Big Pine Tree Creek

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Big Pine Tree Creek Nature Trail takes a 1.7 mile loop through the forest at N.R. Goodale State Park. Markers denote native plants and trees, which include Loblolly Pine, Water Oak, Flowering Dogwood, Tulip Poplar, Eastern Red Cedar, and many more.

Goodale Park

Sue Roberts of Kershaw, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The wide trunks of the cypress trees in Big Pine Tree Creek serve as the perfect home for small plants and flowers. Big Pine Tree Creek was named for a fallen tree, once used by the Kershaw Indians to cross its waters. The creek winds through a cypress forest, opening occasionally to fields of swamp grass.

Adams Millpond, Goodale State Park

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Community Building at N.R. Goodale State Park offers a beautiful site at which to host weddings, parties, and other events. Picturesque views lend themselves to capturing the special day in photographs.

Goodale State Park in the Fog

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

To learn more about Goodale State Park, read SC Wildlife Magazine’s excellent Goodale review. Be sure to check out other great Goodale pics – two pages’ worth!

Reflections on Goodale State Park

Photographer Heather Viola says of her photo below: “I go to Goodale to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Helps me to get my head on straight to finish the day and to get my tasks in order. I love the variety of wildlife and plants this park has to offer and the water features. The trails are very easy to walk and to unwind on. This is a little 140 acre gem located in Camden to escape for a time.”

Goodale State Park

Heather Viola of Camden, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Contributor Teri Leigh Teed says of her above below: “South Carolina is a state blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, and Goodale State Park visited at sunset provides some of nature’s best scenes. A tranquil, peaceful sanctuary located just outside this state’s oldest inland city of Camden, Goodale State Park is a favorite among photographers. Sunsets here beckon artists to capture the moment when the sun backlights the horizon and the trees, and creates silky reflections of the surroundings on water. To be able to walk freely and safely in such a beautiful natural setting is something to celebrate.”

Goodale Park Watercolor

Teri Leigh Teed of Camden, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Ron Stafford says: “Goodale is my respite on my way to USC for graduate classes. I stop walk along the water line and often study under a tree.”

Goodale Trees Pond

Ron Stafford of Cheraw, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Goodale State Park Info

Address: 650 Park Road, Camden, SC 29020
GPS Coordinates: 34.2839532,-80.5277063

Goodale State Park Map

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One Comment about Goodale State Park

South Carolina says:
May 25th, 2015 at 8:32 pm

The website above the map should tell you all about the park's amenities.


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