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Hipcamp Offers Out-of-the-Ordinary Camping Experiences

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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Camping on your next South Carolina vacation? Along with the diversity of offerings in state parks and private campgrounds, there’s now Hipcamp, an online marketplace for campsites located on privately owned land.

The Airbnb of the camping community, Hipcamp offers campers, glampers and RV travelers a unique outdoor stay in a wide range of settings. The selection includes everything from simple plots of land to well-equipped cabins.

In South Carolina, you’ll find Hipcamp sites by quiet rivers, on farms, tucked in the woods and near popular vacation destinations. Don’t have your own tent or travel trailer? Go glamping in one of the available tiny homes, yurts, RVs or cabins.

Here are some of the cool Hipcamp sites you’ll find across the state:

Upstate
Table Rock Tea Company – Located minutes from Table Rock State Park on the grounds of a beautiful tea farm, this rustic, 12-foot-by-12-foot cabin is equipped with bunks accommodating four guests (you’ll need to bring your own mattress and linens), an outdoor cold water shower, charcoal grill and fire pit. The hosts offer free tours of the farm Thursday-Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Oolenoy Valley RV Site – Enjoy a beautiful view of Table Rock from this flat, gravel RV campsite offering 30/50 amp power, water and full sewer hookup.

Fishing in the Dark – Fish and camp on a privately owned, spring-fed pond stocked with catfish, yellow carp, bass and bream. The pond is lighted so you can fish in the quiet of the night.

 

Midlands
Go Gold Panning on Working Farm – Set up your tent next to a creek where you can pan for gold. The hosts of this working fiber farm in McCormick will be happy to show you what they do with the mohair sheered from their Angora goats.

Camp on our organic farm! – Tents, vans and trailers are welcome at Woodland Valley Farms, home to hundreds of chickens, two goats, 250 heritage pigs, 20 cows, 40 sheep, 15 geese, 50 ducks and eight working dogs.

Yurt Island – Go glamping on your own secluded island at the 120-acre Southeast Outdoor Adventure Center in Bowman. The yurt features indoor lighting and a queen bed (bring your own linens and towels), with bathrooms and showers located a short walk away.

 

Coast
Low Country Vacation Camping – Minutes from downtown Beaufort and just a short drive from Hunting Island State Park, this RV campsite is on a large property shaded by live oaks. It features 30 amp electric and water hookup. Sewer disposal is available, too.

River Island Wooded Campsites – Owned by River Island Adventures, this North Myrtle Beach-area outfitter offers tent campsites and glamping accommodations at the only outpost on the Waccamaw River.

Friendly Fowl Farm – Stay at Morning Glory Homestead, a small, sustainable farm on St. Helena Island, and learn about the Gullah culture from its owners, who returned to their family property to farm and raise turkeys, ducks and chickens.

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.