Warmer temps mean one thing to the outdoor adventurer: perfect camping weather. Of South Carolina’s 47 state parks, the Old 96 District has 6—you’ve got LOTS of options when it comes to pitching that tent. Plus, over 100,000 acres of water = lakeside views aplenty. So read on, because we’ve rounded up the top 5 sites to help you narrow down this tough decision (but really, you can’t go wrong!):
Baker Creek State Park – Campsite 66
Tip: Baker Creek operates seasonally from March 30-Sept 1, so now’s the time visit. It’s replete with lakeside camping sites and peaceful woods for hiking and biking. Head to campsite 66 for a spacious site ideal for shoreline fishing.
Calhoun Falls State Park – Campsite 61
The Calhoun Falls campground is considered one of the best in the state parks system, with scenic sites that extend out into Lake Russell. We recommend campsite 61, which offers a great spot to reflect on the water.
Hamilton Branch State Park – Campsite 108
Hamilton Branch occupies a peninsula on 70,000-acre Lake Thurmond. Off the water, venture onto the short bike trail that connects to the 12-mile Stevens Creek Bike Trail. Site 108 is a camper’s paradise–a hidden gem beloved by regulars. This site provides ideal access to the water to launch a kayak or view a sunset. The breathtaking views of the lake are as beautiful on a blue-skied day as they are on a night filled with stars.
Hickory Knob State Resort Park – Campsite 24
Hickory Knob is unique because it is only one of two state parks with a golf course, and the only park to have hotel lodging. But the best spot for camping at Hickory Knob is campsite 24. It has a large picnic pad and plenty of room for a camper or a tent sitting with a great up-front-and-center view of Lake Thurmond.
Lake Greenwood State Park – Campsite 21
Lake Greenwood provides year-round opportunities for fishing and has a historic aspect, being one of 16 parks built by the CCC. Campsite 21 is another waterfront site that includes 50/30/20 Amp power, water, as well as full sewer hook-up. It is a pull-through site that is suitable for either a camper or a tent.
Plan your getaway to the Old 96 District and discover unexpected wonders. We’ll see you soon!