As you are heading into the wilderness of beautiful South Carolina on a motorhome camping trip, consider cruising over to Chester State Park, a 523-acre green oasis and haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Located near the town of Chester, just fifteen minutes off Interstate 77, and aptly located midway between the cities of Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC. Book an RV in Chester County to explore the state park and its neighboring towns and cities.
Developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935, the park is one of 16 parks commissioned to be built by the CCC in South Carolina, in an attempt to provide employment to the youth. This move also hugely popularized the outdoors and went on to develop an appreciation of recreation in the outdoors. Today, visitors get to enjoy the perfect state park RV camping trip in the midst scenic surroundings; in addition to camping, facilities for meetings, weddings, and outdoor events are available too, making this a sought-after state park for a variety of reasons.
South Carolina’s state park RV campgrounds make a comfortable base camp for trying out a range of outdoor activities, and Chester State Park is no different.
Hikers set out and enjoy the Caney Fork Falls Trail, a 1.3-mile-long hiking path that winds along the lakeshore from the boathouse, leading to a stone-littered spillway.
Fishing enthusiasts will love the 160-acre lake in the park, ideal for freshwater fishing. Bass, crappie, bream, and catfish are known to abound in the lake but remember to get a South Carolina fishing license before you head out on your fishing adventure. There’s a fishing pier area near the boathouse for easy access to the lake and another pier near the campground that can be used for fishing. Fishing boats are available for rent. Non-motorized boats like kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats are permitted on the lake, and you have the option of renting them in case you haven’t brought your own. Life jackets and paddles are available for rent too if you forget to pack them into your rental RV.
Nature lovers will enjoy bird watching at the park. The day-use area overlooking the lake is ideal for spotting a variety of birds. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot bald eagles, raptors and other bird species native to South Carolina’s Piedmont region.
Kids can make use of the large playground, located along the shoreline. Picnic shelters are available for rent, so pack an easy picnic lunch and spend the day by the lake.
Chester State Park is home to South Carolina’s very first tournament sanctioned disc golf course, so get ready to tee off at the 27-hole golf course. The course has three loops, suitable for professional level players, while beginners can try their hand at the 18-hole course.
Camping at Chester State Park
Summer is the best time to camp out in your rental motorhome at Chester State Park. The campground has 25 sites available for rent, with each site having individual water and 50 amp electrical hookups, a packed gravel base, fire ring, picnic table, and lantern holders. These are pull-thru sites, and tent pitching is an option. Restrooms and showers are available for use. The campground is pet-friendly, with a designated pet area.
If you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Chester State Park, head to Pecan Grove Commons in Rock Hill, about 28 miles away. The park has 40 sites offering full hookups, 30 and 50 amp electric service, big rig access, sewers, water, restrooms, and showers. The campground is also pet-friendly so don't forget Fido.
Another option is Ebenezer Park, also in Rock Hill. With 69 sites, the park offers pull-thru sites, full hookups, 30 and 50 amp electric service, tent camping, dump station, water, sewers, WiFi, cell phone coverage, restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. Kids will enjoy running around in the playground, and there’s a beach nearby too.
Exploring the Area
A Chester County camper rental will serve you well on your travels through the area. Since you’re just over 60 miles from the state’s capital Columbia, it’s a good idea to drive there to explore the city. Renting an RV makes it so convenient to access the renovated downtown area, tons of shops and restaurants, museums, events, and attractions.
Make a trip to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden where you can check out the animals, feed giraffes, zip line across the Saluda River or stroll through the botanical garden.
Art lovers shouldn’t miss the Columbia Museum of Art housing a number of permanent art collections from around the world. The art murals in the downtown area are popular with visitors, and don’t forget to take your camera along for lots of Instagram-worthy pictures!
The state’s biggest museum is the South Carolina State Museum; the 4D theater is a big draw, as is the planetarium, observatory and the fascinating exhibits.
If you feel the need to get out there and stretch your legs and breathe in some pristine fresh air, head to the Riverfront Park. It’s popular with joggers, runners, and cyclists, and if you’re feeling up to it, take a tube down the river.
Sign up for a food tour, one of the popular things to do in the city. Especially if you happen to be pressed for time, it’s a great way to sample a range of interesting food in this well-known foodie town. And once you’ve had your fill of great southern food, fill up your RV rental at one of the city’s gas stations before heading back to the campground.