State Parks and Natural Areas
- Grand Strand Weekend
- South Carolina for Kids
- South Carolina Bar-B-Que
- A Midlands Weekend
- Civil War Adventures
- South Carolina Waterways
- Three Days in Horse Country
- South Carolina for Seafoodies
- South Carolina Kitsch
- Gullah and African American History
- Upstate Weekend
- South Carolina’s Top Ten for Golfers
- South Carolina’s Offbeat Festivals
- Southern Comforts
- Lowcountry Romance
South Carolina has one of the best state park systems in the United States, with a total of 46 state parks and natural areas. Seventeen of the parks were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during FDR’s New Deal and boast distinctive, rustic, and well-made architecture.
While primitive camping is available in South Carolina, the general preference here is for more plush surroundings more conducive to a family vacation. Many state parks offer fully-equipped rental cabins with modern amenities that rival a hotel’s. Generally speaking, such facilities tend to sell out early in the calendar, so make reservations as soon as you can. Keep in mind that during the high season, March–November, there are minimum rental requirements. While I encourage camping in South Carolina, be aware that the closer you are to the Appalachian Mountains the higher the rainfall. Be prepared to camp wet if you’re camping in the Upstate near the Blue Ridge.
Dogs are allowed in state parks, but they must be leashed at all times.
While admission and lodging expenses are very reasonable at South Carolina state parks, long-term visitors can save money on frequent visits by purchasing a State Park Passport for $50, which covers a full year of admission from the date of purchase. You currently can’t get them online, but must charge by phone at 803/734-0156. For info and reservations call 866/345-7275 or go to www.southcarolinaparks.com.
© Jim Morekis from Moon South Carolina, 4th Edition