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10 Sweet Spots for Tent Camping

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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Just because you like to rough it doesn't mean you can't enjoy accommodations with a five-star view. Imagine being snuggled up in your sleeping bag and looking out of your tent at a vista worthy of the Ritz.

Such primo campsites are available at a number of South Carolina's state parks, and some of them are reserved exclusively for tent campers. The offerings include sites overlooking creeks and lakes from the Upcountry to the Lowcountry. And you won't pay a premium for the view.

Most of the campsites run between $15 and $30 a night, depending on the season. Walk-in sites can cost as little as $5.

Ready to pack your gear? Here are 10 of the best state park campsites:

1. Calhoun Falls State Park:Campsite 19. Overlooking Lake Russell.

2. Cheraw State Park:Campsite 8. Overlooking Lake Juniper.

3. Devils Fork State Park: Walk-in campsite T13. Overlooking Lake Jocassee.

4. Dreher Island State Park:Campsite 14. Overlooking Lake Murray.

5. Edisto Beach State Park:Campsite 28. Overlooking marshlands and Scott Creek.

6. Hickory Knob State Park:Campsite 10 on Main Loop. Overlooking Lake Thurmond.

7. Keowee-Toxaway State Park:Hike-in or paddle-in campsite TS-3. Overlooking Lake Keowee-Toxaway.

8. Lake Greenwood:Campsite 122. Overlooking Lake Greenwood.

9. Lake Wateree:Campsite 19. Overlooking Lake Wateree.

10. Oconee State Park:Campsite 18. Overlooking Campground Lake.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.