Take your kids and your boat on a summer vacation worthy of your scrapbook. Spend a week at the lake and you're guaranteed to fill your smartphone with photos of a happy family swimming, tubing, fishing and just cruising around in the sun.
Best of all, you won't have to take out a second mortgage to pay for it. South Carolina State Parks offer campgrounds, cabins and contemporary villas on the shores of the best freshwater lakes from the Midlands to the Upcountry. All of the parks feature at least one boat ramp providing access to the water. Some even have in-water refueling and day-use docks.
Here are 10 great options for your SC boating vacation.
Hickory Knob State Resort Park is located on Lake Thurmond in McCormick. Accommodations include campsites, cabins, lodge rooms, group barracks and a historic house. You'll also find a boat ramp (free for overnight guests; day-use visitors pay a fee) and a boat dock for overnight guests. The dock is available on a first-come, first-served basis.