South Carolina
Camping Guide

Camping in South Carolina
Camper in Maroon Creek Valley Description - South Carolina provides a number of state and federally administered recreation facilities to entice recreationists of all types. The state can be split into four distinct regions: Upland country, central South Carolina, the Grand Strand and the southern coast. The Upland region encompasses the land in the northwest corner of the state. The Savannah River forms the western border of this region, separating Georgia from South Carolina. Lakes formed by damming the Savannah, Richard B.Russell Lake and J. Strom Thurmond Lake, are popular recreation sites. Calhoun Falls State Park is located on Lake Russell, one of the state's most popular fishing lakes. With its 26,650 acres of water recreation, Lake Russell is also ideal for sailing, water skiing and power boating.The Sumter NF occupies 360,000 acres of land in this region.

The central portion of the state contains portions of several major rivers in the state: the Savannah, Congaree, Catawba and Pee Dee. This area is characterized by slow wide waterways and tobacco and cotton fields. Many of the large plantations that are so intricate in southern history, are located in this region. Natural areas include Carolina National Wildlife Refuge, Manchester Forest, a great place to camp,Congaree Swamp Monument. Aiken State Park is located in the west-central portion of the state. Four spring-fed lakes and the South Edisto River make Aiken State Park popular with both fishermen and campers. The park also offers canoeing, boating, hiking and picnicking.

The Grand Strand includes 60 miles of wide, white sand beaches from Myrtle Beach to Charleston. This area attracts more tourists than any other region of the state. Beaches, state parks and the Francis Marion NF has developed campgrounds and dispersed or primitive camping that is available. The Francis Marion's rivers, ponds, streams, and the Intracoastal Waterway offer good fishing. The Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee Rivers join and flow into the Intracoastal waterway immediately south of Myrtle Beach, and make for some great fishing.

The Savannah Wildlife Refuge and Hunting Island State Park provide excellent opportunities for visitors to enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of the coastal plain.

Recreation - Recreation in the natural areas of the state include backpacking, hiking and mountain biking. Because this state has 200 miles of shoreline most visitors and locals enjoy water-oriented sports. The Lakes & Reservoirs are extremely popular with the natives.

Climate - South Carolina has a mild climate that remains warm throughout the year, one can usually escape to a State Park to escape the heat though. Humidity is a major factor in the summer months as the temperatures rise to 95 degrees F. July is the hottest time of the year, during which Columbia has an average temperature of 92 degrees. The coastal and mountain towns average slightly lower temperatures. During the winter months temperatures dip into the 40s, but rarely remain there for long. Average January temperatures throughout the state range from 50 to 60 degrees F. Snow rarely falls, and if it does it doesn't remain for long. Most of the precipitation comes to the region during July in summer thundershowers.

Lakes and Reservoirs Wildlife Refuges National Forests and Parks
Dreher Island
J. Strom Thurmond
ACE Basin
Cape Romain
Pinckney Island
Charles Pinckney Historic Site
Congaree Swamp Monument
Cowpens Battlefield
Fort Sumter Monument
Francis Marion NF
Ninety Six Historic Site
Sumter NF

State Parks
Andrew Jackson
Baker Creek
Caesars Head
Calhoun Falls
Charles Towne Landing
Devils Fork
Dreher Island
Edisto Beach
Givhans Ferry
Hamilton Branch
Hampton Plantation Historic Site
Harbison State Forest
Hickory Knob Resort Park
Hunting Island
Huntington Beach
Jones Gap
Kings Mountain
Lake Greenwood
Lake Hartwell
Lake Warren
Lake Wateree
Landsford Canal
Little Pee Dee
Lynches River
Manchester Forest
Myrtle Beach
Oconee Station Historic Site
Old Dorchester Historic Site
Paris Mountain
Redcliffe Historic Site
Rivers Bridge
Rose Hill Plantation Historic Site
Sadlers Creek
Sand Hills Forest
Sergeant Jasper
Table Rock
Woods Bay

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