Best Campgrounds in South Carolina

This list represents the most popular campgrounds in South Carolina. Use this list to plan your next South Carolina campgrounds trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Burrells Ford Campground


Before the Chattooga was declared a wild and scenic river, campers could drive all the way to Burrells Ford Campground. But since its inclusion as a wild and scenic river, a protective corridor has be…
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#2. Huntington Beach State Park


Campers come to Huntington Beach for a variety of reasons. Many enjoy the beach and other natural aspects of this 2,500-acre preserve in a fast-developing coast. Others relax in the campground after s…
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#3. Devils Fork State Park


Have you ever seen Lake Jocassee? Others may disagree, but I believe this impoundment to be South Carolina’s most beautiful lake. A richly forested shoreline overlooks emerald water against a backdrop…
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#4. Hunting Island State Park


Beachfront property is expensive and in high demand these days, making ocean camping a difficult proposition in some places.…
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#5. Kings Mountain State Park


Did you know that more Revolutionary War battles took place in South Carolina than in any other state? Take the Battle of Kings Mountain, which took place on October 7, 1780, and is considered the tur…
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#6. Burrells Ford Campground


Before the Chattooga was declared a Wild and Scenic River, campers could drive all the way to Burrells Ford Campground. Since then, a protective corridor has been established, effectively cutting off…
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Walhalla, SC - Campgrounds - 0
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#7. Little Pee Dee State Park


Little Pee Dee State Park is one of those destinations that time seems to have passed by. The park exudes an atmosphere as slow moving as the Little Pee Dee River, for which it is named. I drove in du…
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Dillon, SC - Campgrounds
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#8. Brick House Campground


Talk about transition—one minute I was zipping along I-26, and the next I was at Brick House Campground. The place was so quiet that I could hear myself breathe. Rushing down the interstate was exactl…
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Kinards, SC - Campgrounds
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#9. Lick Fork Lake Campground


Campgrounds and recreation areas with lakes come in all sizes. Lick Fork Lake is a mere 12 acres, small compared with most impoundments, especially compared with nearby Lake Thurmond. Lick Fork Lake C…
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#10. Oconee State Park


Located in Oc onee County, also known as South Carolina’s Golden Corner, Oconee State Park is perched at 1,800 feet in the Blue Ridge Mountains, offering a cool place to camp during the long, hot summ…
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#11. Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area


Don’t look for some big waterfall when you come to this lakeside recreation area. Before the damming of Richard B. Russell Lake, the Savannah River once flowed free. At high water, a rapid on the Sava…
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#12. Keowee-Toxaway State Park Campground


This area of South Carolina is known as the Cherokee Foothills. And rightly so, for the Cherokee thrived here long before the white man ever laid eyes on this land. South Carolina recognized this, and…
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Sunset, SC - Campgrounds
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#13. Sand Hills State Forest


A prehistoric sea once covered what is now South Carolina, depositing sand over a wide area. Later, these seas retreated, leaving a region of deep, infertile hills of sand. Over time, many plants and…
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Patrick, SC - Campgrounds
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#14. Parsons Mountain Campground


Parson’s Mountain Recreation Area, in Sumter National Forest, offers boating, swimming, fishing, and hiking, along with an excellent campground in a rustic and well-kept setting. One goal of the U.S.…
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#15. Cherry Hill Campground


Cherry Hill Campground is the focal point for the Cherry Hill Recreation Area. And as one of the best national forest campgrounds in the Southern Appalachians, it is a fine place to be. The campgrou…
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Mountain Rest, SC - Campgrounds
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#16. Poinsett State Park


Poinsett State Park has an interesting location. Set on an outlier of the Carolina Sand Hills, Poinsett is where the vegetation of the low country meets the vegetation of the upcountry, resulting in t…
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Wateree River, SC - Campgrounds
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#17. Leroy’s Ferry Campground


The shores of Lake Thurmond abound with campgrounds. While scouring them for this book, I found that most were just too big and overly developed. But on arriving at Leroy’s Ferry, I knew it was a winn…
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Mount Carmel, SC - Campgrounds
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#18. Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area


This area of South Carolina is aptly named the Cherokee Foothills. The Cherokee thrived here long before white settlers ever laid eyes on the land. South Carolina recognizes this, and Keowee- Toxaway…
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Lake Jocassee, SC - Campgrounds
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#19. Poinsett State Park


Poinsett State Park has an interesting location. Set on an outlier of the Carolina Sand Hills, Poinsett is where the vegetation of the low country meets the vegetation of the up-country, resulting in…
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Wedgefield, SC - Campgrounds
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#20. Baker Creek State Park Campground


It was a gorgeous spring afternoon when I arrived at Baker Creek State Park. The yellow sun was glinting through the spring-green trees. Lake Strom Thurmond was rippling as I rolled through the hills…
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McCormick, SC - Campgrounds
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