In 2021, South Carolina State Parks saw camping occupancy rates averaging 62.6%, and campsite rentals were up 6% over the prior year. What does this mean for RVers? That South Carolina is worth checking out! With RVers seeing surges everywhere due to the growing interest in U.S. based tourism, finding great State Parks to visit takes a little more time, but it’s worth the effort!
We’ve got four great State Parks you’ll want to check out if you still have room in your 2022 travel plans for another stop.
- Barnwell State Park is best known for its fishing. With three small lakes, fishing enthusiasts can catch crappie, bream, bass, and catfish. Non-motorized fishing boats are available for rental, plus there are nature trails & picnicking spots available. This State Park has twenty-five campsites available and 307 acres for visitors to enjoy! Plus pets are allowed in most outside areas provided they are under physical restraint or on a leash. See the Barnwell State Park website for more info on campsite reservations.
- Edisto Beach is located only an hour from Charleston and is one of the four ocean front state parks visitors can check out. The beach campground has seventy-five spots for RVers to choose from. While not all of them have ocean views, the beach campground is remarkably close to the water & you can find a perfect spot on the camp map when making your reservation. Live Oak Campground is a bit more inland and is much larger with 130 RV spots. This park also offers fishing and has partnered with a local company for beach boat tours like dolphin, sunset, and island excursions. So if the beach is your happy place, this State Park is work looking into!
- Baker Creek State Park offers lakeside camping next to the 71,000 acres of Lake Thurmond. With only thirty-four sites to choose from, RVers will want to check ahead to see if they can book a spot on-line. This lake also features ten miles of rolling, looping mountain bike trails for mountain biking fans! So if you have someone in your group that loves to mountain bike in the woods, this State Park is one to add to your list!
- Devils Fork State Park is the only public access point to 7,565-acre Lake Jocassee. This mountain spring-fed Lake is encompassed by the Jocassee Gorges, which contribute to one of the highest concentration of waterfalls in the eastern U.S. In addition to the waterfalls, and Lake Jocassee itself, some of the best South Carolina trout fishing is available in this state park. On top of all these experiences, Scuba Diving in this lake is extremely popular with access to instructors nearby. With all this park has to offer, it’s easy to see why it’s a favorite for all types of RVers.
With all that South Carolina has to offer, we’ve barely scratched the surface of places RVers can go! Of course there are other impressive cities & RV resorts that could be mentioned – but that would be for another blog post. In the meantime, we hope you get a chance to make it over to South Carolina this year!