Cheraw, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) hosted a ribbon cutting for new outdoor living areas at the historic Civilian Conservation Corps cabins at Cheraw State Park.
Cabins 6, 7, and 8 now have a fire ring, block patio, and comfortable outdoor seating thanks to a $20,000 grant from Duke Energy.
“Duke Energy is a fantastic supporter of our state parks, and has partnered with Cheraw on many projects over the years,” said Duane Parrish, SCPRT director. “The Cheraw cabins were originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, giving them a unique charm with all the modern updates guests are looking for. We know visitors will love relaxing in these new outdoor living areas during the day to soak up the beauty around them, and gathering around the fire pit at night to tell stories, roast marshmallows, and create park memories that will last a lifetime.”
“It’s important to work alongside our community partners to ensure all of the beautiful places across our state can be enjoyed for years to come,” said Quinetta Buterbaugh, government and community relations manager for Duke Energy. “The team at South Carolina State Parks are great stewards of these tremendous assets. Helping them protect and enhance the historic cabins at Cheraw helps promote access to nature for South Carolinians of all ages.”
Visitors can reserve a stay at the Cheraw cabins online at reserve.southcarolinaparks.com. Cheraw offers nine cabins, including eight one-bedroom cabins that accommodate up to four guests, and one four-bedroom cabin that sleeps up to eight (cabin 9). The park plans to continue this outdoor living area project to cabins 1-5 in the future. All cabins have been upgraded in recent years and come complete with bed and bath linens, cooking and eating utensils, heat, air conditioning, a microwave, a television, Wi-Fi, an automatic coffee maker, a screened-in porch, a gas grill for outdoor cooking (gas tanks are available for rent at the park office), and a picnic table.
Cheraw 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 Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal Program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in the 1930s. Today, the park includes an 18-hole championship golf course, more than 7,000 acres of parkland, and beautiful Lake Juniper, lined with cypress wetlands. Rent a paddle board, go for a swim along the beach, tag along with a ranger on a moonlight canoe float, or take a walk along the scenic boardwalk – there is something for everyone in Cheraw State Park.