Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Nature

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  • Walk
  • Bike
  • Equestrian
  • Paved


3.30 miles


Round Trip



Difficulty: Easy

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  • Trail Head
  • Parking
  • Handicap Access
  • Point of Interest
  • Information Sign
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic Observation
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • No Camping


Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune was born to former slaves in rural Mayesville in Sumter County, the youngest of 17 children and the only one born into freedom. In Bethune's hometown, there is a lovely park named in her honor, as well as a wonderful nature trail that can be used for an afternoon stroll or bike ride.

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Born to former slaves in rural Mayesville, Mary Jane McLeod attended segregated mission schools with a goal of becoming a missionary. When she could not get into a mission to Africa, she became a teacher in Augusta, Georgia, and then in Sumter, close to where she was born and grew up. By her own words and example, Mary McLeod Bethune demonstrated the value of education, a philosophy of universal love, and the wise and consistent use of political power in striving for racial and gender equality.

South Carolina honors Bethune with a specialized license tag, with proceeds helping build and operate a museum and maintain the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Park and nature trail in her hometown of Mayesville. The Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Nature Trail is a paved linear, out-and-back trail that is almost 1.5 miles in length with historical markers.

Hours: Dawn to dusk


The trail originates on Mills Street, between E. Sumter Street and S. Main Street E. in Mayesville.

35 S. Main Street | Mayesville, SC 29104

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Town of Mayesville | P.O. Box 126, Mayesville, SC 29104 | (803) 453-6161 | Email

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Lat: 33.99415265462826
Long: -80.19734660597936