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Andrew Jackson State Park
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Nearest city Lancaster, SC
Area 360 acres (145.7 ha)
Created 1952
Other information Features include: a museum

Andrew Jackson State Park is a 360-acre (1.5 km2) South Carolina state park established in 1952 to honor the only South Carolina-born president, Andrew Jackson, who was born nearby in 1767. The park is on U.S. Highway 521 about nine miles north of Lancaster, South Carolina. The park offers hiking, boating, camping, fishing and picnicking. There are 25 camping spaces with paved road access. Each space has water hookup and electricity. They are often full on weekends, But not during the week. Nearby is a 20-acre lake with an island in the middle and hiking paths all the way around it. There is abundant Wildlife.

The park's museum features exhibits about the boyhood life of U.S. President Andrew Jackson, who grew up in this region. Rooms depict Colonial period life, including a dining room, bedroom, textile room, and early tools and farm implements.

A notable park feature is a large bronze statue called Andrew Jackson, A Boy of The Waxhaws, sculpted by Anna Hyatt Huntington, that depicts a young Jackson astride a farm horse. There is a marker recognizing Jackson's birthplace that was donated by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The park also includes a replica of a late 18th-century one-room schoolhouse and an amphitheatre.

Andrew Jackson, A Boy of The Waxhaws
Large bronze statue of Andrew Jackson at Andrew Jackson State Park, Lancaster, SC. sculpted by Anna Hyatt Huntington.

COVID status

As of 12/30/2020 the park is open from 8am - 5pm, but the office and museum have limited hours. The Museum is open Monday - Friday 11am - 12noon and 2pm - 3pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am - 12noon and 1pm - 5pm. There is a payment box at the entrance on the honor system, where you put cash payment in a sealed envelope, $3 per person (kids under 5 free).

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