South Carolina


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Aiken State Park

Set against the calm, winding south edisto river, aiken state natural area is a popular destination for the family or a budding naturalist.

Andrew Jackson State Park

The only park in the system dedicated to a u.s. president, andrew jackson state park features a museum that details the boyhood of the nation’s seventh president, who grew up here in what then was known as the waxhaws of the south carolina backcountry.

Baker Creek State Park

Looking to leave city life behind for a few days. how about a secluded venue to enjoy nature? baker creek state park, located on the shores of lake thurmond, is the ideal location for a lengthy camping trip or a relaxing swim.

Barnwell State Park

A traditional state park primarily serving the people of barnwell county, barnwell state park offers camping and cabins, picnicking and playgrounds, and a community center long favored for meetings, reunions and weddings.

Caesars Head State Park

Caesars head state park has long been a must-see in the south carolina upstate. a granitic gneiss outcropping atop the dramatic blue ridge escarpment, it offers breathtaking views year-round, especially when fall sets the hardwoods ablaze with color.

Calhoun Falls State Park

Calhoun falls state park sits astride several pine-covered points jutting into lake russell, one of the least-developed large reservoirs in south carolina.

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

Here a group of english settlers landed in 1670 and established what would become the birthplace of the carolinas colony, the plantation system of the american south, and one of the continent’s first major port cities. and here the story is still told. opened in 1970 as charles towne landing state park, the peaceful park on a marshy point off the ashley river was rebuilt in 2006 with a sharpened focus on the site’s remarkable past.

Cheraw State Park

An 18-hole championship course winds its way through the long-leaf pinelands of the traditional state park, a course that’s earned notice from the aubudon society for the way it’s managed to preserve and protect the habitat it shares with uncommon critters such as red-cockaded woodpeckers and fox squirrels.

Chester State Park

Chester state park has been a haven for hiking, picnicking, boating and fishing for the surrounding communities in the south carolina piedmont ever since it was built by the civilian conservation corps in the 1930s.

Colleton State Park

The cypress swamp nature trail, campgrounds, ballfield, picnicking and easy access to the edisto river – all these attractions make colleton state park an ideal destination for the veteran paddler or young family.

Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

Visitors to colonial dorchester state historic site are walking into a rare look at a remarkably preserved past.

Croft State Park

Croft state park is a big park with lots to do. a green retreat in the heart of fast-growing spartanburg county, the park offers more than 17 miles of biking and hiking trails, a playground, picnicking and camping, as well as fishing and boating in two lakes, including 165-acre lake craig. croft also is known around the region for its equestrian facilities. the park regularly hosts shows in its arena and boasts more than 20 miles of equestrian facilities and 51 stalls. the diverse park was once an army training base and covers beautiful, rolling, wooded terrain that also provides habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna just five miles from bustling downtown spartanburg.

Devils Fork State Park

Spot a loon or a rambling black bear. fish for trout in a deep, clear mountain lake. hike through the glorious spring bloom of rhododendrons.

Dreher Island State Park

Out into the lake but not far from the city, dreher island state park is a great place to get away from it all. only about 30 miles from downtown columbia on the shores of big lake murray – one of the best-known largemouth and striped bass fishing destinations in the south – the park consists of three islands linked to shore by a causeway and two bridges. in addition to woodsy hiking trails and lots of places to fish from shore, dreher island offers picnicking, camping and lakeside villas. a tackle shop and boat ramp also is available. the park has long been popular with recreational boaters and fishermen, and has been a launching spot for major national bass tournaments.

Edisto Beach State Park

An oceanfront campground on a palmetto-lined beach famed for its shelling is just one highlight of edisto beach state park.

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.

Goodale State Park

N.r. goodale state park near camden is home to these attractions and hidden surprises, such as a 3-mile cypress canoe trail that takes paddlers quickly back into a world they didn’t know existed so near to town.

Hamilton Branch State Park

Boaters and other outdoors enthusiasts can’t go wrong at hamilton branch state park.

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.

H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreation Area

The h. cooper black jr. memorial field trial and recreation area is the setting for national-level field trial and retriever competitions.

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 facilities and more than 70 lodge rooms? that would be hickory knob state resort park. the only full-service resort in the s.c. state park service, hickory knob rests on rolling, wooded shoreline alongside 71,100-acre strom thurmond reservoir on the savannah river: south carolina’s “west coast.” the park’s amenities also include a boat ramp, campgrounds and one of the state’s most popular mountain biking trails. serene and tucked away, location is another plus for this destination, with picturesque, historic small towns such as abbeville and greenwood nearby and augusta and anderson (and clemson) just an easy drive away.

Hunting Island State Park

Hunting island is south carolina’s single most popular state park, attracting more than a million human visitors a year.

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 coast. that’s not all huntington beach state park has to offer. there’s also atalaya, the picturesque, moorish-style winter home of anna hyatt and archer huntington, sculptress and philanthropist, respectively, who left the park and adjacent brookgreen gardens as their legacy. nature lovers also will enjoy the park’s environmental education center and wide variety of programming, including the chance to see loggerhead turtles and other endangered plant and animal species up close. the park’s freshwater lake is a sure-fire place to see alligators and sometimes even a mink or two. art lovers, meanwhile, flock by the thousands to the prestigious, juried atalaya arts and crafts festival held in and around the castle each september.

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 park.

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.
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