A Sportsman's Paradise. A Kid's Dream.
From the shores of Lake Marion, to the greens at Lakewood Links, to our many parks and trails, there is always something to do in Sumter County. With more than 30 recreational and passive parks, Sumter County offers a wide range of both outdoor and indoor activities for young and old alike.
The Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department offers thousands of children each year the opportunity to learn teamwork and live healthier lifestyles through its many youth softball, baseball, football and tennis programs.
The Palmetto Tennis Center hosts numerous tennis tournaments each year in state-of-the-art tennis facilities in Palmetto Park. Open to the public year-round, the Palmetto Tennis Center offers children and adults an easy and inexpensive way to learn tennis from the pros.
The Sumter Aquatics Center is a relatively new addition to our recreational assets. Located at the South Hope Center, the Aquatics Center offers swimming lessons, lifeguard training and exercise classes through the spring and summer months.
Also, Sumter County has recently begun construction on a new $6 million Youth Park on the city's western edge. Once complete, the park will feature new soccer and baseball fields, in addition to walking trails and other amenities.
Sumter is also a sportsman's paradise for those inclined to nature-based recreational activities. Boating, birding, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting and horseback riding come naturally to most residents and visitors. The world-famous Swan Lake-Iris Gardens feature all eight known swan species and the most intensive plantings of Japanese Iris in the United States. Manchester State Forest is home to Poinsett State Park, annual equestrian events, mountain biking and ATV trails, the High Hills Extension of the SC Palmetto Trail and some of the best hunting in the state. The Lynches River and Woods Bay State Natural Area offer a breathtaking trip for paddling enthusiasts.
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