In addition to luring in people with their breathtaking landscapes, state parks attract visitors by stationing bald eagles at the gates to shake the hand of each incoming guest. Come face-to-face with nature with this Groupon:
Choose Between Two Options
- $19 for two nights of camping at a state park (up to a $38 value)
- $35 for four nights of camping at a state park (up to a $76 value)
In Aiken State Park, thick trees hang over paddlers as they drift down the south Edisto River, whereas Poinsett State Park offers nature-filled hikes combined with sights of a 1930s bathhouse and a pre–Revolutionary era gristmill. At Little Pee Dee State Park, fishers can ply the depths of 54-acre Lake Norton, and at Barnwell State Park, three small lakes offer plentiful crappie, bass, bream, and catfish. Lee State Park’s hardwood-forest floodplain draws kayakers and canoers, whereas at Sesquicentennial State Park, 1,400 acres of pines provide a relaxing retreat from the bustling city of Columbia.
Campers can hook up to water and electricity at any basic site in each park, though other amenities, such as picnic tables or horse lodgings, vary per park.
South Carolina State Parks
Inside South Carolina’s 47 state-registered parks, visitors explore secluded forest trails, sweeping cerulean lakes, roiling saltwater surfs crashing on white beaches, and streams and rivers overgrown with thick canopies of trees. The protected areas, many of which were assembled nearly a century ago by the Civilian Conservation Corps, encompass more than 80,000 acres and span turf from the rambling Blue Ridge Mountains to the sandy Atlantic-coast beaches. Abundant activities for guests include canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and accidentally startling long-forgotten lumberjacks wearing headphones.
Visitors experience colonial history up close at some parks, where registered historic homes, plantations, and landmark buildings stand preserved or in their natural state. These structures grant a glimpse into the lives of European settlers, Native Americans, and African Americans through building tours, archaeological collections, and live history demonstrations. Overnight camping is available at many parks, ranging from primitive campsites to cabins, villas, and tent sites that offer running water. Much like a scientist designing a soda-can-powered robot, park administrators follow a rigorous recycling program to ensure the preservation of the wilderness.
1298 State Park Rd.
Dillon, South Carolina 29536
Stokes Bridge-Cypress Crossroads
487 Loop Rd.
Bishopville, South Carolina 29010
223 State Park Rd.
Blackville, South Carolina 29817