Outdoor adventures are back in style! For some of us, the discovery of outdoor activities maybe something new. Whether you are just learning about popular spots to enjoy nature, or you’re a “pro” at the outdoor scene, state parks are sometimes over looked as location destinations.
South Carolina’s State Parks have everything to offer including; beaches, mountains, forest and lakes. Purchase a Park Passport and start collecting your Ultimate Outsider Stamps and being exploring!
1. Table Rock State Park
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Table Rock has numerous hiking trails and campsites that include cabins. You can visit a lake, hike in the mountains, enjoy nature and unwind in this amazing landscape. If you want to “daycation” this is one of the perfect spots to do so or stay for the weekend or longer. Below is a short video the South Carolina Park Service put together. I do not have to say another word, enjoy!
2. SESQUICENTENNIAL STATE PARK
Are you a city dweller who loves walking in the park, but not deep in the woods? Well you are in luck! Sesquicentennial State Park is located in Sandhills area near the city of Columbia South Carolina. Enjoy the six mile bike loop, two nature trails, canoe and kayak rentals, fishing, a retreat complex complete with overnight accommodations, and family gathering and large group picnic rentals.
3. CHARLES TOWNE LANDING STATE HISTORIC SITE
Love history? This historic state park posses the “birthplace of the Carolina Colony”, Dating back to 1670, located along the Ashley River, Charles Towne contains real cannons that fire aboard the replica sailing ship. It also has a habitat for numerous animals, self-guided tours, and an eighty acre garden. Visit Charleston for this destination.
4. CALHOUN FALLS STATE PARK
This park has some of the most scenic views from the camp ground than any other state park in South Carolina. The SC State Park system says the campground is one of a kind. Located on Lake Russell you’ll enjoy numerous water activities, trails and camping.
5. LANDSFORD CANAL STATE PARK
Home to one of the most beautiful flowers you will ever see-rocky shoals spider lily. Landsford, is on the Catawba River with a preserved canal system that was used in the 1800’s. There are a lot of things to see, nature hikes, fishing on the river, and of course canoe and kayaking.
6. PARIS MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
Located in Greenville, SC, Paris Mountain State Park is the one of sixteen SC states park built by the Civilian Conservation Corps . Seasonal swimming during the summer months and bike trails are just a few of the activities that you can enjoy here. There are paved camp sites and picnic shelters for large groups.
7. BATTLE OF MUSGROVE MILL STATE HISTORIC SITE
You’ll find this historic state park in Clinton South Carolina. This is the site of the historic battle that took place on August 17th, 1780. Here, the greatly undersized Patriot militia outlasted the Loyalist in an astonishing victory. Enjoy all the history, twenty-five miles of hiking trails, Horseshoe Falls and the Enoree River.
8. HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK
I would be amiss for not mentioning this beautiful ocean side state park. A bird watchers paradise, Hunting Beach State Park has camping (tent and RV-with water and sewer hookups), wildlife and is located in Murrells Inlet South Carolina, which is apart of the Hammock Coast. If you want to know more about some must see beaches in South Carolina check out 6 Amazing Beaches in South Carolina. Relax and enjoy the beach, go for a swim or do some surf fishing.
9. HAMILTON BRANCH STATE PARK
Love the “Lake Life”? You will love this state park. With twelve miles of hiking and biking trails and two boat ramps that will set you off into Lake Thurmond (Where SC meets GA). They have lake side camping and all the fun that comes with the ambience of lake life.
10. CAESARS HEAD STATE PARK
Well, we started in the mountains and we are ending in the mountains. There is just something about the mountains that can take all your troubles and turn them into distance memories even if its only for a short time. This state park is truly an unforgettable site. Set atop of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, the breathtaking view will mesmerise and amaze you. A dream for any armature or professional photographer. With over sixty miles or hiking, five water falls and a suspension bridge, this state park is a treasure.
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