Bennettsville offers recreational activities from cultural to fitness.
Visitors to Bennettsville can enjoy plays, musical performances, hear authors, play golf or tennis and enjoy fishing and boating on Lake Paul Wallace, just a few blocks from downtown. Lake Paul Wallace is a 600-acre man-made lake with beach and swimming areas. A 1.5-mile lighted walking trail divides the lake into two areas separating water sports from fishing.
Recreation facilities in the City of Bennettsville include Bennettsville Community Center, Bennettsville Fitness Center, Smith Park & Playground, Kidsland Fun Park, Woodland Park, King Street Park & Playground, Bennettsville Tennis Complex and McLeod Street Basketball Courts.
Marlboro Civic Center
106 Clyde Street
Bennettsville Community Center
714 N. Marlboro Street
Marlboro Country Club
404 Country Club Drive
Marlboro County Historical Museum
119 South Marlboro Street
Northern Crescent Bicycle Trail
Bennettsville Bike Trails
Thank you for checking out our bike trails. We have designed them to give you the most pleasure as you cycle around our town. Please study the safety suggestions found elsewhere in this page. Safety is our number one priority. We want you safe at all times. Enjoy your rides and thank you for “riding our trails.”
Larry McNeil, Former Chief
Bennettsville Police Department
For bicycle enthusiasts and pleasure riders, Bennettsville has developed several trails in and around the city. These trails are located on well traveled roads without bike lanes. Bicyclists should use caution and wear safety gear such as helmets. Please be aware, there is no bike riding allowed on sidewalks in Bennettsville.
5.3 miles Rated relatively easy
- Leave the Bennettsville Visitor Center at 304 East Main Street and turn right on Main Street.
- Continue on Main through downtown and turn right on Tyson Avenue (Hwy. 9).
- Turn left on Fayetteville Avenue toward Marlboro County High School.
- Turn left on International Drive.
- Turn left on Sulgrave Road.
- Turn left on East Main Street Ext., back to the Visitor Center.
Here are some additional tips for motorists and bicyclists to be safe on the road and respectful of each other.
IMPROVING ROAD SAFETY FOR EVERYONE WHO SHARES THE ROAD
Ways bicyclists can improve safety:
- Follow the law — it’s the safest way to ride. Bicyclists have the same rights and duties as other drivers and need to follow the same traffic laws.
- Be predictable — ride in a straight line, signal turns and check behind you before turning or changing lanes.
- Come to a complete stop at every stop sign and red light.
- Ride with caution around parked cars and position yourself in the field of vision of a motorist pulling out of a parking space.
- Be conspicuous — ride where drivers can see you, use lights at night and wear bright clothing.
- Be aware — anticipate the next move of drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists. Watch for debris, potholes and grates.
- If you are a beginner or are returning to bicycling, seek out clubs or bicycling advocacy organizations in your community for tips on safe riding, instruction, and group rides to improve knowledge and confidence.
- Ride Ready — tires need air, brakes must work, chains should run smoothly, and quick release wheel levers must be closed.
- Carry identification and cell phone, emergency cash, as well as repair and emergency supplies.
- Wear a helmet.
Ways motorists can improve bicycle safety:
- Respect bicyclists as legal road users with the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Drive courteously and with tolerance. That cyclist is your neighbor and you are sharing the same road.
- Obey the posted speed limit, and don’t drive too fast for conditions.
- Come to a complete stop at each stop sign and red light.
- Check over your shoulder, and always check your blind spot. A bicyclist could be there.
- Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the bicycle in front of you.
- Use low-beam headlights when driving in low-visibility conditions.
- Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists in and entering crosswalks.
- If you plan to turn right or pull into a parking space shortly ahead of a bicycle in front of you, do not pass.
- Signal all turns and lane changes 30 meters (100 feet) in advance.
- Pass bicyclists only if is safe to do so. Exercise patience.