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The Best Camping in South Carolina

Looking for the best camping in South Carolina? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around South Carolina. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near South Carolina

  • Greenville County, South Carolina

    Hike to Rainbow Falls and Pretty Place

    5.0
    6.75 mi / 2150 ft gain
    Jones Gap State Park in the Upstate of South Carolina is one of the most beautiful parks in the state offering a good range of moderate and challenging hiking and backpacking trails through the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. Jones Gap also provides superb primitive camping sites along the rocky...
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  • Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

    Camp at the Boneyard Beaches of Hunting Island State Park

    5.0
    3 mi
    There are a few different access trails throughout the park and all are equally impressive with scenery and ease of hike but starting from the Hunting Island Campground take the beach access near the campground store and you have miles of boneyard beaches, dunes and groves of palmetto trees litte...
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  • Pickens, South Carolina

    Summit Sassafras Mountain

    5.0
    17.2 mi / 5041 ft gain
    Pinnacle Trail begins by the Nature Center in Table Rock State Park. Keep left at the first three splits in the trail. You will make some creek crossings, gain elevation through the forest, and pass by Mills Creek Falls (25 ft). At Bald Rock Overlook, you can catch some nice views of Table Rock M...
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  • Walhalla, South Carolina

    Hike to Yellow Branch Falls

    5.0
    3 mi
    Once you have turned into the picnic area off of Highway SC 28, you will see the open and easy parking area. The trail begins at 2 points on the southern end of the parking area. These 2 points form a small loop about 0.2 miles long, with a spur in the middle of the loop onto the main yellow bran...
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  • Awendaw, South Carolina

    Kayak Camp on Capers Island

    4.0
    8 mi
    Enjoy a relaxing adventure by paddling to Capers Island for a day trip or overnight. Located across the Copahee Sound just North of Charleston, South Carolina, Capers Island is located on the Atlantic Ocean next to Dewees Island. If you don't have your own kayak, you can rent one from Nature Ad...
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  • Sunset, South Carolina

    Hike to Virginia Hawkins Falls (Double Falls)

    4.7 mi
    A moderate to advanced 4.7 hike has many stairs and a lot of ascents and descents along the way. The hike may not be the easiest but the pay off is worth it. The trail is easily marked so no need to worry about getting lost. 
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  • Mountain Rest, South Carolina

    Hike to Big Bend Falls

    5.0
    6.5 mi
    The hike to Big Bend Falls begins on the Chattooga River Trail at the Burrell's Ford Campground. To get here you take Burrell's Ford Road off of SC 107. There will be a good sized gravel parking area off to the left about 3 miles down Burrell's Ford Road. When you park the car you can walk down t...
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  • Salem, South Carolina

    Camp on Lake Jocassee

    4.7
    To avoid the regret of cutting your trip too short, go ahead and book a campsite. Come as a walk-in or reserve your site.  Either way, you will have to check in at the Park Office.  Upon check-in, you will receive your map and general information.  Check-in time for camping is 2PM. The only publi...
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  • Pickens, South Carolina

    Backpack the Foothills Trail through the Southeastern Appalachian Mountains

    5.0
    76.2 mi / 11036 ft gain
    Starting at Table Rock State Park (South Carolina) and working your 76.2 miles way towards Oconee State Park (South Carolina) is the most popular route, with a few spur trails that lead to places like Raven Cliff Falls in Cesar's Head State Park. The trail gains ~11,036 feet in elevation with ano...
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  • Jamestown, South Carolina

    Camp at Honey Hill

    If you are looking to get out in the woods for a few days without any distraction, Honey Hill is the place for you. These free primitive campsites are first-come, first-served and are located about an hour northeast of Charleston in the Francis Marion National Forest. You can stay up to 14 days a...
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  • Prosperity, South Carolina

    Camp at Dreher Island

    Camping at Lake Dreher is lovely year round! If you want to swim then I suggest April-September. The summer is hot! I suggest camping in a hammock if you go in the heat. The island is easy to get to and about 45 min from downtown Columbia. Make reservations early for campsites as they go months i...
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  • Edisto Island, South Carolina

    Camping at Edisto Beach State Park

    0.5 mi / 0 ft gain
    Edisto Beach State Park is located on the coast of South Carolina. There are two campgrounds at this state park, one of which fronts the Atlantic Ocean and the other which is more inland. (If you want shade, book a campsite inland under the canopy of live oaks. If you want full sun, book a site a...
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  • Sunset, South Carolina

    Sassafras Mountain to Pinnacle Lake

    9.38 mi / 1073 ft gain
    Sassafras Mountain to Pinnacle Lake is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Sunset, South Carolina.
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  • Long Creek, South Carolina

    Opossum Creek Falls Trail

    4.22 mi / 1040 ft gain
    Opossum Creek Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Long Creek, South Carolina.
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  • Charleston, South Carolina

    James Island County Park Trail

    3.53 mi / 75 ft gain
    James Island County Park Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Charleston, South Carolina.
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  • Tamassee, South Carolina

    Foothills Trail - A9 to A11

    6.64 mi / 653 ft gain
    Foothills Trail - A9 to A11 is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Mountain Rest, South Carolina.
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