South Carolina State Parks... 
47 jewels that are made for vacation.

Caesars Head State ParkSouth Carolina State Parks offer beautiful scenery, white sand beaches, historic sites, blackwater rivers and inland lakes. South Carolina’s 47 state parks are some of the best state parks to visit in the country, offering the perfect place to enjoy nature.

The fact that you’re reading this page tells us a lot about you. Chances are you love the outdoors, enjoy a good hike, savor the smell of a campfire (and a good ghost story!) and have spent more than one night sleeping under the stars. And I bet you’re looking for the best state parks to visit? If that describes you, then South Carolina State Parks are made for your next great vacation.

From the secluded quiet of Jones Gap State Park (part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area) in the Hunting Island State Parkfoothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the wide, sandy beaches of Edisto Beach State Park on Edisto Island (famous for its Native American history) and everywhere in between, you’ll find breathtaking natural beauty that has been aggressively and painstakingly preserved. And whether you’ll be sleeping in a tent or RV or renting a cabin or villa, there’s a South Carolina State Park that’s perfect for you.

Our state parks – all 80,000 protected acres of them – are among our state’s most prized assets. So whether you’re into hiking, boating, fishing, horseback riding, history, kayaking, canoeing or just lounging by the campsite – South Carolina State Parks have it. And throughout the park system, you’ll find informative tours, classes and workshops that will make your visit even more memorable.

Use our Park Locator to get more information and figure out the best state parks to visit and enjoy during your stay.

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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.

The beautiful park in rural Aiken County...
Andrew Jackson State Park
Andrew Jackson State Park combines history, art and community activities into a setting that has made it one of the S.C. State Park Service’s most popular attractions.

The only park...
Baker Creek State Park
Baker Creek State Park is opened seasonally from March 1 until September 30.

Looking to leave city life behind for a few days. How about a secluded venue to enjoy...
Barnwell State Park
Barnwell State Park is a great fishing spot in South Carolina that not many folks know about.

A traditional state park primarily serving the people of Barnwell County, Barnwell State...
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...
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.

Besides providing access to the big Savannah River...
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
See a Preview of the Park

Cannons boom. Muskets bark. Interpretive rangers in 17th century dress tend heirloom crops. They’re all part of Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site.

Cheraw State Park
Natural beauty and great golf come together at 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...
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...
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...

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