Named for the American Indians that once inhabited the area along the Pee Dee River, Cheraw developed in the mid-18th century and was divided between Loyalists and Patriots during the Revolutionary War. Cheraw developed as a shipping center for all the farming activity in the area and had a bridge over the Pee Dee River and a steamship service.
Cheraw is now home to one of the many state parks built during the Great Depression by the Works Progress Administration. It is one of only two state parks with a golf course. Here are our five favorite ways to get outside in Cheraw.
Golfing: Tee off at Cheraw State Park. This 6,928-yard, par-72 course designed by Tom Jackson combines pine forests and a lake for quite a challenge. Rates are $30 during the week and $35 on weekends (including cart).
Fishing: Check out the Cheraw Fish Hatchery. It's technically not "fishing," but you can make an appointment and tour this facility that provides sport fish for the state's lakes and rivers. It's a fun and educational stop for the kids.
Remembering: One of Cheraw's most famous sons is jazzman Dizzy Gillespie. The town remembers him - cheeks in full puff - with a bronze likeness on the Town Green. The Gillespie Home Site Park on Huger Street includes unique stainless steel benches and sculpture.
Boating: In addition to the many options for renting boats at Cheraw State Park, Riverside Park has a boat ramp for local access to the Great Pee Dee River as well as a picnic area and nature and walking trails.
Hiking and biking: The three-mile loop at Arrowhead Park takes you around playing fields at the park in a residential area. Good for hiking and biking, and pets are allowed, too.