Pick your paradise — beachfront, lakeside, near the mountains or in the woods. Whatever setting you choose, you’ll find cozy quarters with all the essentials for a comfortable stay — heat and air conditioning, well-stocked kitchens and, most importantly, indoor plumbing.
Some go beyond the basics, offering the kinds of modern amenities you’d expect in a hotel, including microwave, coffeemaker, high-definition flat-screen TV and even wireless service.
Here are 14 state parks for tent-averse outdoor enthusiasts:
Located in Blackville, Barnwell State Park offers two-bedroom cabins located just a short walk from the park’s fishing lakes. Nightly rate is $50-$65.
Visitors booking a one-bedroom cabin in peak season receive vouchers to play the park’s 18-hole championship golf course. Nightly rate is $65-$133.
Located in Salem, Devils Fork State Park offers two- and three-bedroom contemporary villas overlooking the Upcountry’s beautiful Lake Jocassee. Nightly rate is $100-$200 and includes access to a boat ramp reserved exclusively for villa guests.
Newly renovated one- and three-bedroom cabins at Edisto Beach State Park overlook Scott Creek and the marsh. Guests have access to a dock for crabbing and fishing. Nightly rate is $80-$166.
Located in Ridgeville, Givhans Ferry State Park offers two-bedroom cabins located on a bluff overlooking the Edisto River. Nightly rate is $60-$75.
Pick from one-bedroom duplex cabins just steps from Lake Thurmond ($70-$105 per night), the two-bedroom restored historic French Huguenot Guillebeau House built circa 1770 ($87-$135) or a motel room next to the lake or lodge ($50-$82).
Book early to rent the park’s only cabin. Nightly rate for the two-bedroom oceanfront unit is $210.
Keowee-Toxaway State Park in Sunset offers a three-bedroom cabin overlooking Lake Keowee and a private boat dock. Nightly rate is $93-$201.
Two-, three- and four-bedroom cabins are just 200 yards from the beach. Nightly rate is $65-$210.
Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression, the park’s rustic cabins have been updated with all the modern conveniences you’ll need. Most of the cabins overlook mountain lakes. Nightly rate is $61-$125.
Enjoy the “mountains in the Midlands” in one- or two-bedroom historic cabins built on a hilltop by the CCC. Nightly rate is $70-$120.
Accommodations at Santee State Park include 30 two-bedroom cabins: 10 “rodette” cabins built on a pier overlooking Lake Marion and 20 on the lakeshore. Nightly rate is $80-$120.
14. Table Rock State Park
The historic CCC built one-, two- and three-bedroom cabins featuring classic “parkitecture” design with hand-hewn beams, heart of pine floors and chinking between the logs. Nightly rate is $80-$181.