Cheraw State Park
100 State Park RD | Cheraw, SC 29520 | Phone: 843-537-9656 |

History & Interpretation


  • Programs and Guided Tours : Our Midnight Canoe Float programs are held from March-June and Sept.-Nov. each year. Please contact the park directly for specific dates and times.

  • Historical Significance : Cheraw State Park was the first state park in South Carolina that had land set aside for the development of a state park. The children of the town of Cheraw collected pennies to buy the original 700 acres for the park. It was later developed by the CCC.

  • Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) : Yes
  • Designation : Cheraw State Park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal Program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The program was designed to provide employment during the Great Depression while addressing national needs in conservation and recreation.

    The CCC was instrumental in the development of many of South Carolina's state parks. A number of buildings built by the CCC in the 1930's are still in use at this park.

  • When & How PRT Acquired : In 1934, 7,361 acres were donated by citizens and the U.S. Government. In 1990, 1.4 acres were purchased from M. Wannamaker.