South Carolina State Parks... 
47 jewels that are made for vacation.


Caesars Head State ParkSouth Carolina State Parks offer beautiful scenery, white sand beaches, historic sites, blackwater rivers and inland lakes. South Carolina’s 47 state parks are some of the best state parks to visit in the country, offering the perfect place to enjoy nature.

The fact that you’re reading this page tells us a lot about you. Chances are you love the outdoors, enjoy a good hike, savor the smell of a campfire (and a good ghost story!) and have spent more than one night sleeping under the stars. And I bet you’re looking for the best state parks to visit? If that describes you, then South Carolina State Parks are made for your next great vacation.

From the secluded quiet of Jones Gap State Park (part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area) in the Hunting Island State Parkfoothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the wide, sandy beaches of Edisto Beach State Park on Edisto Island (famous for its Native American history) and everywhere in between, you’ll find breathtaking natural beauty that has been aggressively and painstakingly preserved. And whether you’ll be sleeping in a tent or RV or renting a cabin or villa, there’s a South Carolina State Park that’s perfect for you.

Our state parks – all 80,000 protected acres of them – are among our state’s most prized assets. So whether you’re into hiking, boating, fishing, horseback riding, history, kayaking, canoeing or just lounging by the campsite – South Carolina State Parks have it. And throughout the park system, you’ll find informative tours, classes and workshops that will make your visit even more memorable.

Use our Park Locator to get more information and figure out the best state parks to visit and enjoy during your stay.

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Givhans Ferry State Park
Givhans Ferry State Park is the perfect place to take a float down the serene Edisto River, the longest free-flowing blackwater stream in North America.

On the dry side, Givhans...
Goodale State Park
Tall cypress trees that enchant the eye. A Civil War-era mill pond that abounds with wildlife. And a nature trail waiting to be explored.

N.R. Goodale State Park near Camden...
Hamilton Branch State Park
Boaters and other outdoors enthusiasts can’t go wrong at Hamilton Branch State Park.

Occupying a peninsula on 70,000-acre Strom Thurmond Lake in the heart of South Carolina’s western piedmont, the...
Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
Tucked away in the remote last vestiges of a colonial-era rice plantation, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site is both bucolic and evocative.

The plantation’s Georgian-style mansion and well-kept grounds serve...
Hickory Knob State Resort Park
What would you call a state park that offers 18 holes of lakeside championship golf, tennis, skeet shooting and archery, a swimming pool for lodge guests, full-service restaurant and meeting...
Hunting Island State Park
Hunting Island is South Carolina’s single most popular state park, attracting more than a million human visitors a year.

Also attracted to the semi-tropical barrier island is an array of...
Huntington Beach State Park
A sweeping Grand Strand beach, pristine and wide open. Sea-breeze camping and fishing from a jetty or in the surf. And some of the finest bird-watching on the East...
Jones Gap State Park
Wild trout, including the rare, native brookie. Several thousand different plant and animal species. The unforgettable peace and repose of a deep mountain cove. It’s all at Jones Gap State...
Keowee-Toxaway State Park
With its stunning view of the Blue Ridge and woods full of rhododendrons, mountain laurel and wildflowers, Keowee-Toxaway State Park is truly one of South Carolina’s pretty places.

The Jocassee...
Kings Mountain State Park
A big, hilly, woodsy park with lots to do, Kings Mountain State Park has been a regional favorite for generations.

Built originally by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s,...

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