Cheraw State Park
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Introduction

Catch a breathtaking sunset over the beautiful and unspoiled 360-acre Lake Juniper from your RV camping spot. Any one of the 17 campsites offered will give you lake views while you visit Cheraw State Park in forests of South Carolina. Located between Myrtle Beach, SC, and Charlotte, NC, this park is nestled in the northeast corner of the state and a perfect spot for RV lovers that want to get away. Popular due to its immaculate Tom Jackson-designed championship 18-hole golf course, it is only minutes from Cheraw, SC and a popular location for golf tournaments.

This beautiful park is a great escape of the daily hustle and bustle for families as there are plenty of shelters for parties to enjoy a cookout or a day swimming. Catch a glimpse of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, an endangered woodpecker species, that calls this state park home. Spend an afternoon and explore the cypress wetland line lake with a kayak or canoe. Fishing from the boardwalk is popular among guests but if on-land activities are more your style, head out of that RV and onto the hiking trails. Cheraw State Park has many biking, hiking, and horse trails for all levels of expertise. Plan on visiting in the summer? Enjoy the park’s unique Moonlight Canoe Float events on the lake during the months of April to October. Pack that RV and get on the road to visit the Cheraw State Park. What are you waiting for?

RV Rentals in Cheraw State Park

Transportation in Cheraw State Park

Driving

Leave your worries behind as you head out with your RV to Cheraw State Park. The park is a short drive from Charlotte and Myrtle Beach and provides easy access for all. Cheraw State Park is located off of U.S. Highway 1 and Route 52. The roads outside of the park are relatively flat so RVs should have no trouble navigating these routes. Most of the roads within the park surround Lake Juniper, making it easy to find your way around the park. The golf course and swimming area are located on the north side of the lake, while the campgrounds are on the southern side. RVs up to 40 feet in length can be accommodated at the campground. Once you park your rig you'll find it easiest to travel within the park by bike or on foot.

Parking

When you arrive, note that the park entrance is on the opposite side of the lake from the campground entrance. Check-in at the park office is a breeze and will only take minutes before the drive down the immaculately kept dirt roads to the campground. Plan to set-up your RV at the campsite before you head out for a swim or a hike to ensure that you don’t have any issues with your RV. Other parking is available within the park if you are not staying overnight.

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Campgrounds and parking in Cheraw State Park

Campsites in Cheraw State Park

Reservations camping

Cheraw State Park Campground

Camp with your RV at one of Cheraw State Park’s 17 campsites, six of which are lakeside, and enjoy a magnificent view of Lake Juniper. Past visitors suggest booking RV sites #8 and #15 for the best views of the lake as it also makes a perfect spot for your hammock. All campsites provide water and electric hookups and most can accommodate RVs that are up to 40 feet. Note that the park is not very long trailer or big rig friendly. Cheraw State Park does provide each campsite with a fire pit and table. At the campground, you will have access to the boathouse, hot showers, drinking water, flush toilets, a camp store, and dump station.

Cheraw State Park does require reservations before your arrival at least three days in advance of check-in. You can book a site up to 13 months ahead of time. There is a two night minimum for each campsite and the rates vary depending on the one you select. Cheraw State Park is the perfect place for a quiet getaway that will allow you to relax and enjoy seeing nature in action.

First-come first-served

First-Come, First-Served

You might be able to snag a spot for same-day arrival if you didn't make reservations ahead of time. However, the only way to see if there are spots available for same-day reservations is to call the park to see if there are any open campsites. If any sites are open they are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are still highly recommended, especially during the peak summer season.

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Seasonal activities in Cheraw State Park

In-Season

Golfing

Are you a golf fan? Then make playing the Cheraw State Park Golf Course a priority during your RV visit and schedule your tee time with the pro shop. Built in the early 1900s, the course is an example of the classic golf experience. Voted as one of Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play,” this Tom Jackson-designed championship 18-hole golf course is a true parkland setting. With the views of Lake Juniper, enjoy your game on a golf course that is also a Certified Audubon International Wildlife Sanctuary.

Moonlight Canoe Floating

Great for the whole family as you view the natural beauty of Lake Juniper with a beautiful sunset before you embark on a moonlit ride. An adventure that you will not forget, enjoy seeing the moon from a different vantage point during the months of April to October at Cheraw State Park. There is a cost per person and visitors ages. You can borrow a kayak or canoe from the park unless you want to bring your own. Travel tip - bring a headlamp or a hands-free light, water, bug spray, hat, and weather-appropriate clothing to enjoy your ride a little more. Ready to join? Call the Cheraw State Park office to register your party and learn of the exact departure and return times.

Hiking

An excellent way to tour the park after you leave your RV campsite is to take a leisurely stroll on the Boardwalk Trail, which takes you to the Lake Juniper Dam. This area feels like you are at a waterfall and a great place to take a few moments to catch all the beautiful scenery. Enjoy fishing? Walk further down on the boardwalk and you will find a perfect place to enjoy some peace and quiet as you catch your dinner. You can also stretch your legs and enjoy a nature hike during your stay at Cheraw State Park. You can travel the Cheraw Nature Trail, an easy two-mile walk, or the Turkey Oak Trail, which is a nearly three-mile outer loop.

Off-Season

Biking

Make sure to grab your biking helmet and water bottle as you leave the RV and cover over 9 miles of trails. Plan to follow the blue blazes clockwise through the forest as the path is mainly a sandy surface. Great for beginners, the Cheraw Mountain Bike Trail has many turns to let you have just enough exercise while enjoying the sounds and sights of nature. Grab your camera and be on the lookout for park wildlife of deer, snakes and wild turkey during your adventure.

Bird Watching

See nature up close from seeing the Blue Flags, the state’s native irises, in the spring to the rose pogonia orchids in the summer. Do you enjoy watching birds? Then you may have a chance to catch a glimpse of the federally-endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, bald eagles, ospreys, and red-tailed hawks to name a few. You can even take your dog on a nature walk with you as you look up in the sky for birds. Just make sure your pet is on a six-foot leash at all times.

FlingGolfing

Created for the nontraditional golfer, FlingGolf is a great way to enjoy a different aspect of the game. Join other park visitors at the Cheraw State Park driving range in the spring. Participants will fling golf balls at targets for prizes including free rounds of golf on the park’s championship golf course. The event is free but if you want to play, you will need to sign-up at the park office in advance.

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