State Parks in South Carolina

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Aiken State Park, SC

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Aiken State Park can be found in the Midlands region of South Carolina, around a thirty-minute drive east of Aiken. Sitting halfway between the busy cities of Augusta, GA, and Columbia, SC, the state park has become a popular retreat for city folk and nature enthusiasts alike.

Built during the early 1900s, Aiken State Park was one of the first state parks to grace the state of South Carolina. Its history traces back to the times of the Great Depression when two Civilian Conservation Corps combined efforts to create an area of isolated natural beauty. For over 100 years now, the park has provided the general public with a picturesque and fun motorhome camping spot. With more …

Andrew Jackson State Park, SC

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Andrew Jackson State Park in South Carolina is located in Lancaster County, and just north of the city of Lancaster. The state park is obviously named for Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States. Born near Lancaster in 1767, Jackson is the only president to be born in South Carolina. His political home was Tennessee, but he was raised in South Carolina.

Lancaster County has a humid subtropical climate, which means that its summers are hot and humid while its winters are fairly mild. The high elevation in some of the upstate areas such as Lancaster means that they have fewer of the subtropical characteristics. Summers are not as hot and humid as they might be further south …

Baker Creek State Park, SC

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Baker Creek State Park is located in western South Carolina, on the Georgia border, between the cities of Greenwood, SC, Columbia, SC, and Augusta, GA. The state park is one of many state parks that straddle the great Lake Storm Thurmond, which is also known as Clarks Hill Lake. The scenic woodland and lakeside Baker Creek State Park provides a picturesque getaway for residents of both South Carolina’s and Georgia’s cities.

From its exceptional lake-based recreation to the numerous hiking and mountain biking trails, Baker Creek State Park has it all. This perfectly located state park is one of the best places to take an RV rental in all of western South Carolina and eastern Georgia. Accessing …

Barnwell State Park, SC

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Barnwell State Park is a park located near Blackville, South Carolina in Barnwell County. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps built 16 state parks across the state of South Carolina. Barnwell State Park is one of them; the land was initially purchased from private landowners in 1937. Many of the buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps are still in use at the park today.

The park and the county are both named for John Barnwell, an officer in the South Carolina Militia during the American Revolution. Barnwell also served in the South Carolina Provincial Congress and the official South Carolina legislature after independence. His brother, Robert Barnwell, was also a revolutionary soldier and a South Carolina legislator. His …

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, NC

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Private landowners and farmers purchased a large swath of sandy dunes with the hopes of turning the land into farms during the early 1900s. However, due to the sandy soil and poor management of the already-thin topsoil, the efforts were unsuccessful. The state of North Carolina purchased the land from desperate farmers during the height of the Great Depression and set it aside as a National Wildlife Refuge in 1939. The Civilian Conservation Corps, operating under President Roosevelt’s New Deal program, paved several miles of roads and nurtured fragile plants and grasses to restore the original habitat. Thanks to the organization’s efforts, Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge is a thriving dune biodome in South Carolina.

The closest large town is …

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, SC

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The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is a memorial to one of the founding fathers of the United States and a principal U.S. Constitution signer. The site, located in Mount Pleasant, was formerly Pickney's plantation. Following the American Revolution, Pinckney worked for several decades as a politician while maintaining his plantation as a source of income. In 1817, he sold the farm, which subsequently had numerous owners, and in 1973, the remaining plantation property was declared a national historic landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Camping in an RV near Mount Pleasant is the best way to see this historic site without having to rush. While you're here, you can hike the nature trail, view …

Chester State Park, SC

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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 …

Colleton State Park, SC

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Motorhome camping in South Carolina can be very rewarding, with dense forests, plenty of rivers and streams, and gently rolling hills offering wide sweeping views. When you book an RV in Colleton County, you’ll be southeast section of the state, just south of St. George and north of Walterboro. Colleton State Park can be found in Colleton County, and when you stay with an RV in Colleton State Park, you’ll be less than 60 miles from Charleston, one of the state’s many popular cities.

Colleton State Park is more than just a blip on the map, however, and guests who take time to explore this 35-acre park are often rewarded with adventures and memories. The park was …

Congaree National Park, SC

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Congaree National Park lies in central South Carolina, between the towns and cities of Columbia, Orangeburg, and Sumter. The forest was declared a national park in 2003 after a long campaign to preserve one of the last old-growth bottomland hardwood forests left in the United States. This ancient forest covers an area of over 26,000 acres, creating a picturesque and lush landscape of woodland, wetland floodplains. Congaree National Park has been designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve and a wilderness area, a testament to the natural beauty and rarity of the park.

Alongside this idyllic wilderness, Congaree National Park is also home to campsites and offers opportunities for hiking, kayaking, canoeing, and birdwatching. All of this makes it …

Fort Sumter National Monument, SC

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Fort Sumter was originally built as a part of the Third System of seacoast defense, a series of forts built in response to the War of 1812. The site is packed with history; in 1861, the fort was attacked by the Confederate army, launching America into the Civil War.

By the end of the war, the three-tiered brick and masonry structure was destroyed. The fort was rebuilt and served as a lighthouse and again as a military site. Today, the atmosphere is tranquil, and you can visit Fort Sumter via a ferry tour. The fort, located on an island, consists of a museum with exhibits about the siege and local Civil War events, a bookstore, and an outdoor space where …

Givhans Ferry State Park, SC

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Located in the Lowcountry Woods, Givhans Ferry State Park is a popular spot in South Carolina, offering everything from open spaces to relax into sports courts and camping areas. It is no wonder that so many people search for an RV in Dorchester County. The park sits on a stretch of the Edisto River, which is the longest free-flowing, blackwater river in North America, and there are many scenic spots that allow visitors a glimpse at this beautiful stretch of water.

Givhans Ferry State Park is easily accessed from a number of nearby towns such as Cottageville, Goose Creek, and St George, and is just 25 miles from the town of Charleston. The park was named …

Hamilton Branch State Park, SC

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On the edge of South Carolina’s Midlands is McCormick County, home of Hamilton Branch State Park. The neighboring town of Plum Branch, South Carolina, is roughly an hour and a half from the state capital, Columbia. The drive from Augusta, Georgia, is less than 45 minutes, as the park borders on the state line.

The state park RV campgrounds are the perfect spot for campers who enjoy spending time on the water. A unique feature of Hamilton Branch State Park is that it offers lakefront camping on J. Strom Thurmond Lake’s 1,200 miles of shoreline. The massive reservoir boasts a surface area of over 70,000 acres and is named after a famous United States senator. Be sure to book …

Harbison State Forest, SC

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Tucked away on the western banks of the Broad River in Irmo, SC, just a few miles away from Columbia and Chapin, Harbison State Forest is a favorite destination for motorhome camping enthusiasts in central South Carolina. Located in the suburbs of the State’s capital, finding this lovely forest is easy for the adventurers seeking an escape from the hassle and bustle of city life. When you book an RV in Irmo, you’ll begin to understand why this forest has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike.

Encompassing more than two thousand acres of woodlands, meadows, and bottomlands, Harbison State Forest is named after Samuel P. Harbison. Harbison contributed the majority of the funds needed to …

Hickory Knob State Resort Park, SC

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Hickory Knob State Resort Park is situated near McCormick, SC, in the far eastern portion of the state. The state resort park sits on the banks of the Savannah River, which forms the state border with Georgia to the south. This region is pretty rural. The nearest larger town of substance is Greenwood, SC, which is more than 30 miles to the north, while the larger city of Augusta, GA is around 50 miles to the southeast.

This part of South Carolina is largely forested. Even though you won't find many towns nearby, you will notice both gas stations and grocery stores within around 10 miles of the park. You should be able to easily refill supplies you …

Hillsdale Park, SC

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Hillsdale County Park is a neighborhood family park in North Charleston with playgrounds built on white sand and areas where you can enjoy a picnic. The park is a perfect spot for families and visitors can use the park as a starting point for exploring North Charleston. There are also several nearby attractions, such as an indoor ice skating rink.

Rent an RV in North Charleston, and you can take the opportunity to do some shopping at the local malls or try out some of the cafes and restaurants. Hillsdale Park is a short walk from Hanahan Rec Center, which has an indoor gym and an outdoor sports field. The park is a short drive from Wannamaker County Park and …

Huntington Beach State Park, SC

219 RV rentals

Who wouldn't want to spend a weekend camping at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina? This sprawling, 2,500-acre park, home to the fantastic Grand Strand beach and scenic nature trails, has something to offer outdoor adventurers of all types. Book an RV in Georgetown County and drive over to Huntington Beach State Park for a short weekend getaway or a week-long adventure.

Locals and out-of-towners alike enjoy camping with an RV at Huntington State Park, the former winter estate of famed sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband, Archer. Visitors can spend time at the beach, hike the nature trails, watch for loggerhead turtles and alligators, and explore Atalaya Castle, the Huntingtons' historic home. If you …

Lake Greenwood State Park, SC

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As you are heading to South Carolina for a motorhome camping trip, consider visiting the Lake Greenwood State Park for an amazing camping experience in the wild. Located in the town of Ninety Six, this upstate park is spread over 900-acres and is known for hosting the annual South Carolina Festival of Flowers Triathlon held every June. For those without their own rig, book an RV rental in Greenwood County to make it easy to explore the park and its surrounding areas, including the cities of Laurens, Honea Path and Calhoun Falls, all within a 25-45 mile radius of the park.

An interesting nugget of information about the park lies at the very entrance to the park-a …

Lake Hartwell State Park, SC

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Tucked away to the southwestern part of South Carolina, and a few miles away from Georgia lies Lake Hartwell State Park. Situated along the shores of Lake Hartwell and a stone throws away from I-85, Lake Hartwell is the perfect spot for state park RV camping as you enjoy a quiet time with nature away from the hassle and bustle of the big cities. Sitting along Hwy 11 which is just off I-11, the easily accessible park is the only one that utilizes the shores of Lake Hartwell in Oconee County. Some other parks in the area include the Tugaloo State Park in Lavonia, GA and the Richard B. Russell State Park in Elberton, GA. To best utilize all …

Lee State Park, SC

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Lee State Park lies in northeastern South Carolina, between the towns and cities of Florence, Sumter, and Columbia. The state park lies along the Lynches River and is a picturesque picture of South Carolina countryside. Under state law, construction and development around the state park are restricted, preserving Lee State Park in all its idyllic charm. Visitors come from miles around to fish from the banks of the river, hike around the many trails, and marvel at the diversity of natural habitats and wildlife within Lee State Park. All this and more makes Lee State Park the ideal place to take an RV rental. Accessing the park with a rental RV is made a lot easier with …