Mill Creek Park
An extensive renovation of the 1940s-era Lodge at Mill Creek Park has been completed, and that’s just one of the reasons to visit this lesser known park that embodies peace and tranquility.
As part of the 2014 One Cent Capital Projects Sales Tax Referendum, commonly known as the Penny for Progress, $275,000 was allocated to Mill Creek Park, which is located at 7995 Milford Plantation Road and is situated just west of Pinewood and south of Poinsett State Park.
The Lodge, or clubhouse, has new heating and air, new roof insulation, flooring, new appliances, a new lighting system and renovated bathrooms.
“When it cools down a little bit, it stays rented, and is a popular venue for weddings and receptions,” said Steve Hostetler, the Maintenance Director for Sumter County Recreation & Parks Department. “It has a rustic feel to it and the setting adds to that, but it has been greatly updated.”
The fireplace has propane logs and the Lodge also has a ramp to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Mill Creek Park is popular with RV campers and for those who prefer tents, with a total of 126 camping sites. The 50-amp hook-ups are $15/night and the 30-amp hook-ups are $10/night. Tent sites are $7/night and whether you prefer to rough it or utilize electricity and water, all campers can also enjoy newly renovated bathhouses with showers.
Mill Creek Park is popular with the equestrian crowd as well and can accommodate plenty of horses.
“We also have 20 new stables that are really nice and of course the park is right next to Manchester State Forest,” Hostetler said. “The stalls are $5/day per horse and brand new with water available on site as well.”
Fishing off the pier is always an option at no extra cost, and a newly renovated picnic shelter is also available for rent.
For more information, call (803) 436-2248.