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The historic city of Sumter, South Carolina, is located between Florence and Columbia. Originally settled by the British over 300 years ago, Sumter was initially known as the Carolina Backcountry and prospered due to its fertile agricultural land and many plantations.

The city was eventually renamed in 1800 after Revolutionary War General Thomas Sumter, who was renowned for his many successful battle campaigns. The city's military tradition continues even today, with the proximity of Shaw Air Force Base playing a prominent role in World War II, as well as ongoing military activity. As one of the largest cities in South Carolina, Sumter is the ideal place to rent an RV if you're looking to explore the state's military history as well as its vibrant nature.

The Great Outdoors

There are lots of spectacular parks to discover when you book an RV in Sumter, and one of the best outdoor spaces to visit is the Swan Lake Iris Gardens. Originally a swamp, this land was developed by a local businessman who wanted this space to be a private fishing lake and beautiful iris garden. After failing to grow these plants successfully, he dumped the iris bulbs in the swamp. The bulbs mistakenly bloomed the next summer, creating one of the highest concentrations of irises in the U.S., and one of the country's first botanical gardens. This garden is now abundant with different animals and exotic plants and is the perfect place to relax.

Another impressive place to visit when you rent a camper in Sumter is Manchester State Forest. This classic Carolina forest covers over 20,000 acres of hardwood and pine trees with plenty of trails, making this a great place to go for a scenic hike. Hunting is popular here, so wearing an orange vest is required during deer hunting season. Visitors are also welcome to fish, with four ponds and several creeks providing picturesque fishing spots.

Alternatively, you might want to visit another local forest at Congaree National Park. This park features over 25 miles of trails, 2.4 miles of which are boardwalks lifting you above the floodplain and taking you past Weston Lake. As this area features floodlands, you can uniquely experience the forest via a marked canoe trail. Visitors can bring their own canoe, or they can rent one in Columbia, which is a short drive north.

RV Parks

There are a few campgrounds situated close to the city, and one to consider when you have a camper rental from Sumter is the campground located in Poinsett State Park near Wedgewood. This campground features roughly 25 sites with water and electrical hookups. The electrical hookups support max electric. Amenities are basic and include showers and a restroom. The park's proximity to Christmas Mill Lake means you won't be short on watersports and outdoor activities.

If you'd rather be closer to the big city when you book an RV rental in Sumter, then consider staying at Lee State Park near Bishopville. Providing easy access to Florence, this campground offers 25 sites with partial hookups that include water and 20 amp electrical hookups. Amenities are basic and include showers and bathrooms. Recreational activities are limited to hiking in the nearby woodlands.

Exploring the City

As Sumter is one of the largest cities in South Carolina, you won't have to go far to find anything you need. There are some sites worth visiting around the city when you rent a motorhome in Sumter, and one of the more educational options is the Sumter County Museum. In the historic Old Sumter district, this museum displays a mixture of artifacts and literature which help portray the history of Sumter and South Carolina as a whole. Visitors can take a guided tour of the museum, with the tour guides dressed in period clothing to make you feel like you're stepping into the past.

If you're looking for something equally cultural to do when you have a motorhome rental in Sumter, then plan on visiting the Sumter County Gallery of Art. Focused on displaying contemporary art, this museum is a great way to learn about what local modern artists feel is important. This gallery also runs educational classes for all ages, making this the ideal place to bring children with interests in art.

The state capital, Columbia, is only an hour's drive away and contains some exciting attractions. One of the best family-friendly options is the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. This zoo includes over 2,000 animals, including rare species such as tigers, elephants, and gorillas. The park is split into geographic locations to make exploring the park simple, and there's even a beautiful botanical garden if you want to appreciate some of the planet's incredible flora.

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