South Carolina Recreation Areas

Looking for awesome outdoor recreation areas in South Carolina? View South Carolina parks and recreation areas below, listed in alphabetical order. Each listing has images, full description, map, directions, activities, phone number, and links to campgrounds and hiking trails within the recreation area.

ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions Headquartered 45 minutes south of Charleston, S.C., the reserve encompasses parts of Colleton, Charleston, Beaufort and Hampton counties. Phone 843-953-9001 Activities INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PHOTOGRAPHY, PADDLING, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas National Estuarine Research Reserve System — ACE Basin, SC ACE Basin is one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the East Coast. It’s named for the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto rivers, which meander past cypress swamps, historic plantation homes, old rice fields and abundant tidal marshes to meet at South Carolina’s biologically rich St. Helena Sound. The ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve protects the natural beauty, abundant wildlife and unique cultural heritage of the area. In addition, the

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The Refuge headquarters and Sewee Center are located about 20 miles north of Charleston, South Carolina on U.S. Highway 17. Garris Landing is about 17 miles north of Charleston just off U.S. Highway 17: From U.S. 17, turn right onto Sewee Rd. Follow Sewee Rd. for 3 miles and turn right onto Bull Island Rd. for 1.5 miles. Phone 843-928-3264 Activities BOATING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1932 to provide wintering habitat for migratory birds. Cape Romain’s 64,000 acres encompass a 20-mile segment of the Atlantic coast and include barrier islands, salt

Cape Romain Wilderness, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The south boundary is located 14 miles northeast of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The north boundary is 5 miles east of McClellanville, South Carolina. The wilderness lies east of the Intracoastal Waterway. The Refuge is bordered by Capers Island to the south and Murphy Island to the north, both S.C. Department of Natural Resources protected lands. To the west of the Intracoastal Waterway lies the Francis Marion National Forest. The Cape Romaine Refuge headquarters is located at 5801 Highway 17 North Awendaw, SC 29429. The Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center is located at 5821 U.S. 17, Awendaw, SC 29429. Phone (843) 928-3264 Activities WILDERNESS Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas Cape Romain Wilderness Cape

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions From Columbia, SC take I-20 east, exiting at Exit 98 and turning left onto Highway 521. Follow Highway 521 into Camden, SC to the intersection of US Highway 1 and 521. Turn right, going north on Highway 1. Follow Highway 1 for approximately 35 miles, going through Camden, Bethune, and McBee. The entrance to the refuge is 3-1/2 miles north of McBee. From Florence, SC, take Highway 52 west to SC Highway 151 west in Darlington. Follow Highway 151 approximately 20 miles to the intersection of Highway 151 and US Highway 1 in McBee. Turn right, following Highway 1 north for 3-1/2 miles to the refuge entrance. Phone (843) 335-8350 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, OBSERVATION SITE, PHOTOGRAPHY, PADDLING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike?

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The park is located on the south side of Long Point Road .7 miles from US Highway 17, or 3 miles if coming from I-526. Phone (843) 881-5516 Activities BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas Charles Pinckney National Historic Site Official Website Charles Pinckney National Historic Site Map Charles Pinckney was a principal author and signer of the United States Constitution. This remnant of his coastal plantation is preserved to tell the story of a “founding father,” his life of public service, the lives of enslaved African Americans on South Carolina Lowcountry plantations and their influences on Charles Pinckney.

Congaree National Park, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions From Interstate 77, Exit 5 At Exit 5 turn onto SC Hwy 48 East/Bluff Road. Following the brown and white “Congaree National Park” directional signs, travel approximately 8 miles on and then take a slight right onto Old Bluff Road. Follow Old Bluff Road for 4.5 miles to the park entrance sign, which will be on the right. Proceed one mile to the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Parking lots will be on the right. Phone (803) 776-4396 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK CAMPING Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas Congaree National Park Official Website Congaree National Park Map Astonishing biodiversity exists in Congaree National Park,

Cowpens National Battlefield, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions From I-85 N, take exit 83. Turn left on Hwy 110, approx. 8 miles. Turn right on Hwy 11. The park is about a half mile on the right. From I-85 S, take exit 92, turn right toward Chesnee on Hwy 11, approx.10 miles on the left. From I-26 E, take exit 5, turn left toward Chesnee on Hwy 11, approx. 20 miles on the right. From I-26 W, take I-85 North, take exit 83. Turn left on Hwy 110, approx. 8 miles. Turn right on Hwy 11. The park is about a half mile on the right. Phone (864) 461-2828 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas Cowpens National Battlefield

Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions Fort Sumter is accessible only by ferry boat. Boats depart at scheduled times from two locations. The primary departure point is the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, 340 Concord Street, Charleston. Boats also depart from Patriots Point, 40 Patriots Point Boulevard, Mount Pleasant. There is a fee for riding the concession-operated ferry. Fort Moultrie and park headquarters is accessible by car. The address is 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island. A park entrance fee is charged for the park. Phone (843) 883-3123 Activities BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, FISHING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park Official Website Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park Map

Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Activities BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, HUNTING, OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE, PICNICKING, RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, HORSE CAMPING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds CHERRY HILL CAMPGROUND BUCK HALL RECREATION AREA WHETSTONE HORSE CAMP Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Francis Marion National Forest Andrew Pickens Ranger District Fall Creek Falls Long Cane Ranger District Enoree Ranger District Poulous Loop Seasonal Camp Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests Recreation on the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests is as varied as the South Carolina landscape from the mountains to the coast. Click a link to activity of your choice in the left column of this page to explore two forests full of opportunities! 2019 Recreation Fee Increases News Release Q & A’s Sustainable Recreation

Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The corridor encompasses a cultural and linguistic area along the southeastern coast of the United States from the northern border of Pender County, North Carolina to the southern border of St. Johns County, Florida and 30 miles inland. The Commission operates a small business office on Johns Island, SC., but there are many sites to explore within the Corridor. Phone (843) 818-4587 Activities BIKING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, FISHING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Official Website Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Map Designated by Congress in 2006, the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends from Wilmington, North Carolina in the north to Jacksonville, Florida in the

J. Strom Thurmond Lake, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions Located on the Georgia/South Carolina state border just north of Augusta, GA. From I-20 take Exit 199 at Washington Rd. Drive north on Washington Rd. Turn right onto Highway 28 and drive approximately 20 miles to Clarks Hill, SC. Turn left onto Highway 22 Phone (800) 533-3478 Activities BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds AMITY RECREATION AREA BIG HART CAMPGROUND CLARKS HILL GILL POINT HAWE CREEK LAKE SPRINGS MODOC PARKSVILLE PETERSBURG RIDGE ROAD WEST DAM WINFIELD BIG HART (DAY-USE SHELTER) BELOW DAM SOUTH CAROLINA Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas Soap Creek Marina J. Strom

Kings Mountain National Military Park, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions Kings Mountain National Military Park is located on South Carolina Highway 216. From Greenville, SC travel on I-85 North to NC Exit #2. Turn right onto Hwy 216. From Charlotte, NC travel on I- 85 South to NC Exit #2. Turn left onto Hwy 216. Phone (864) 936-7921 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas Kings Mountain National Military Park Official Website Kings Mountain National Military Park Map Thomas Jefferson called it “The turn of the tide of success.” The battle of Kings Mountain, fought October 7th, 1780, was an important American victory during the Revolutionary War. The battle was the first major patriot victory to occur after the British invasion

Ninety Six National Historic Site, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions 2 miles south of Ninety Six, SC on Hwy 248. For more detailed information, click on “Directions Details” below. Phone (864) 543-4068 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas Ninety Six National Historic Site Official Website Ninety Six National Historic Site Map Settlers struggled against the harsh backcountry to survive. Cherokee Indians hunted and fought to keep their land. Two towns and a trading post were formed then abandoned to the elements. And two Revolutionary War battles claimed over 100 lives. Come discover the 18th century history of South Carolina.

North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The reserve is located in Georgetown County, S.C., 30 miles south of Myrtle Beach and 50 miles north of Charleston. Phone 843-546-3623 Activities INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PHOTOGRAPHY, PADDLING, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Facebook page North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve protects more than 12,327 acres of habitats ranging from tidal and transitional marshes to oyster reefs, beaches, and inter-tidal flats and from coastal island forests to open waterways. With more than 90 percent of North Inlet estuary’s watershed in its natural forested state, its relatively pristine salt marshes and ocean-dominated tidal creeks have

Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The trail travels over 330 miles through four states. Phone (864) 461-2828 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, HIKING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Official Website Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Map Stretching 330 miles through four states (Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina) the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail traces the route used by patriot militia during the pivotal Kings Mountain campaign of 1780. Follow the campaign by utilizing a Commemorative Motor Route which uses existing state highways marked with the distinctive trail logo, or 87 miles of walkable pathways.

Santee National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The office/visitor center is located just off of U. S. Highway 301/15, seven miles south of Summerton, S. C. Visitors may take Exit 102 on Interstate 95 and follow the signs. Phone 803-478-2217 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas Santee National Wildlife Refuge was established on May 5, 1941 to alleviate the loss of natural waterfowl and wildlife habitat caused by the construction of hydro-electric projects on the Santee and Cooper Rivers. Stretching for eighteen miles along the northern shore of Lake Marion, the refuge protects 15,095 acres within the upper coastal plain region of Clarendon County, South Carolina. From

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions Savannah NWR is located on SC 170, six miles south of Hardeeville, South Carolina via US 17 (exit 5 off I-95) or one mile north of Port Wentworth, Georgia on GA 25/SC 170 (take I-95 Exit 109 to GA 21 South, then east on GA 30 to GA 25 North). Phone 912-652-4415 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas Savannah NWR, which lies on both the South Carolina and Georgia sides of the Savannah River just upriver from the city of Savannah, Georgia, was established April 6, 1927. The refuge 28,168 acres include bottomland hardwoods and tidal freshwater marsh. A 3,000 acre fringe area of upland hardwoods

South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions The heritage area is located throughout the state of South Carolina. Phone (803) 824-9000 Activities BIKING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Official Website South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Map Designated in 1996, the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor is committed to promoting and preserving the cultural, natural and historic resources of the state. The corridor stretches across 17 counties from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.

Tybee National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina Camping & Hiking

Directions Tybee NWR is located in Jasper County, South Carolina, at the mouth of the Savannah River, directly opposite Fort Pulaski National Monument which is 12 miles from Savannah on U.S. 80. It also lies across the river from the small Georgia town of Tybee Island. The refuge is unstaffed and is administered from the Savannah Coastal Refuges complex headquarters office in Savannah, Georgia. The entire refuge is considered sanctuary for migratory birds and closed to all public use. Phone 912-652-4415 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: South Carolina Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: South Carolina Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More South Carolina Recreation Areas Tybee NWR was established on May 9, 1938, by an executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as a breeding area for migratory birds and other wildlife. Located in