South Carolina offers a diverse range of camping experiences, from the mountains to the coast. Whether you’re looking for an adventurous backpacking trip or a relaxing weekend by the lake, you can find it all in South Carolina.
The state parks system offers more than 80 different camping locations, ranging from primitive sites deep in the woods to full-service RV parks with all the amenities. Many state parks also offer cabins and yurts for those who prefer not to camp in a tent.
If you’re planning to camp in one of South Carolina’s state parks, be sure to make your reservations well in advance. The most popular parks, such as Caesars Head and Table Rock, often fill up months ahead of time during peak season (May-September). You can make your reservations online or by calling 1-866-345-PARK (7275).
In addition to state parks, there are many private campgrounds throughout South Carolina. Some of these are affiliated with national brands such as KOA, while others are local businesses. Private campgrounds tend to have more amenities than state parks, such as swimming pools, playgrounds, and on-site convenience stores.
If you’re looking for an even more rustic camping experience, there are several places in South Carolina where you can camp for free on public land. The Francis Marion National Forest is a good option for those who want to get away from it all. There are no developed campgrounds in the forest, but dispersed camping is allowed anywhere that isn’t posted “No Trespassing” or “No Camping.”
Whether you’re a seasoned camper or just getting started, South Carolina has something to offer everyone who loves spending time outdoors.