Three of South Carolina’s most popular Upcountry state parks—Table Rock, Caesars Head and Jones Gap—offer visitors the opportunity to hike and explore a stunning mountain wilderness filled with breathtaking overlooks, trout-filled streams and beautiful waterfalls.
But with only Table Rock State Park offering drive-up campsites and just 14 cabins, you may have to look outside the park for an extended stay in the area.
Here are five great options for accommodations offering easy access to the three Upstate parks.
Table Rock Inn
Located on the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway just two minutes from Table Rock State Park, it doesn’t get any more convenient than this. The simple, but updated motel offers rocking chairs on the front porch with rooms featuring one or two queens or a king-size bed, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, TV and Wi-Fi. Only the two king rooms are pet-friendly.
Laurel Mountain Inn
This is another clean and comfortable motel located on seven private wooded acres with views of nearby Table Rock. Here you can choose from rooms with a king-size bed or two full beds, each with upscale furnishings, a coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, TV and Wi-Fi. Pets are not permitted in the motel.
Table Rock Resort
Set at the base of Pinnacle Mountain, this pet-friendly resort spans more than 500 acres and features The Rock, a recently renovated 18-hole golf course, along with an onsite bar and grill, a natural waterfall and spectacular mountain views. Two-story condos on the property sleep six and feature two bedrooms with a sleeper sofa and two and a half baths. All are fully furnished with well-equipped kitchens, bed linens and towels, Wi-Fi and cable TV. For each day of your stay, you’ll also enjoy one free round of golf for up to four guests.
Solitude Pointe Cabins and RV Park
Tucked in the South Carolina foothills and surrounded by a lush forest, this campground offers both private RV sites and luxury cabins. The 13 campsites include nine back-in sites with full hook-ups and four pull-throughs—three with full hook-ups and one with water and electricity. All of the campsites include a park-style grill and picnic table along with convenient access to bathroom facilities. In addition, there are six cozy cabins, each with a full-service kitchen, private bathroom, satellite TV and DVD player, Wi-Fi, charcoal grill and a hot tub on the porch to relax in after a day of hiking. Pets are not permitted in the cabins.
Palmetto Cove RV Park
Originally founded as a campground for Airstream rallies, this family-friendly RV park only accepts fully-contained campers. Sites are 19 to 20 feet wide so if you have slide-outs or awnings, you’ll need to reserve two sites. Campsites feature full hookups and free Wi-Fi. The campground is located near the intersection of the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway and US 276 and offers private access to the South Saluda River.