South Carolina is a natural wonderland, and Piedmont in and around Newberry offers some of the most diverse and enjoyable outdoor experiences in the state. This abundance of natural beauty is enhanced by the many stunning parks and gardens near the city. Discover these and other natural wonders when you visit Newberry!
Lynch's Woods Park
The 286-acre Lynch Woods Park has something for everyone who loves nature. Three miles of the Palmetto Trail lead through this park, as well as several miles of additional hiking, mountain biking and riding trails. The park is teeming with mature trees and forests with stunning granite cliffs and several flowing streams that form the spring water for Cannon's Creek. This stunning backdrop features a variety of wildlife in South Carolina that you can observe and admire during your visit.
Lunch at Woods Park is open from sunrise to sunset, but primitive camping is possible overnight with permission. The park is an excellent access point to start a trip on the Palmetto Trail or rest while you're on the trail.
Wells Japanese Garden
Lindsay Street in Newberry has been home to a small Japanese garden since 1930. Wells Japanese Garden was privately owned at the time of its construction, but was donated to the city in 1971 and added to the National Register of Historic Sites only nine years later. The garden consists of two ponds, Japanese-style concrete bridges, a tea house and several torii (traditional Japanese gates usually found at the entrances to shrines and temples). It houses a variety of native and exotic plants, including lotus flowers, Japanese irises, water lilies, crepe myrtles, dogwood, cypress and a Japanese Matsu pine.
The Wells Japanese Garden is open every day of the week from 7:00 to 19:00. It is located on Lindsay Street behind the Town Hall. Admission and parking are free.
Dreher Island State Park
The Dreher Island State Park on Lake Murray covers an area of 348 acres and has three islands. Visitors will love the range of outdoor activities, including miles of nature trails, scenic fishing spots, boat and water activities, bird watching, protected picnic areas and geocaching (GPS-based treasure hunt). There are many wildlife in the area, including whitetail deer, striped bass, bullfish, and a variety of native birds that make the islands their home.
Dreher Island State Park is open daily from morning to night. Adults over the age of 15 pay $ 2, and South Carolina seniors $ 1.25. Children up to 15 years are free. Overnight accommodation is available in the park villas or guests can camp at several campsites on the lake.