SC Must See State Parks, And The Vacation Towns They Are Close To

South Carolina is a state that is rich in history and many different areas of raw, natural beauty. Thanks to natural state and federal parks, states across this country have a great range of parks – South Carolina has more variety than many states, stretching from the Mountains of the Blue Ridge Parkway, across the low country and swamps, and finally to the sandy shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

English: Francis Marion National Forest in Cha...

English: Francis Marion National Forest in Charleston, South Carolina, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many of these parks are just a short drive away from popular vacation areas, and make a great afternoon or evening adventure, whether you are a family with the cookout in tow or a couple who wants a romantic picnic for two! No matter what city you are spending time in, chances are there is a great private, state or national park close to you.

The parks stretch across South Carolina from the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Greenville, all the way across the state to the coast. Each of them has a strong historical component. South Carolina has played a role in every major part of the United States’ history, beginning as one of the 13 colonies.

In the mountains, you have to visit the Jones Gap State Park and the Oconee State Park and Oconee Station State Historic site are great places for a summer camping trip, and the Blue Ridge Mountains are a favorite of any mountain lover.

Sadlers Creek State Park sits on an almost 400 acre peninsula on Lake Hartwell, and is just minutes off I-85. It also has facilities for large gatherings like family reunions, church dinners and company picnics.

Also in the center of the state, and a great example of the low country is the Congaree National Forest. It is the largest old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the Southeast, and two rivers, the Congaree and Wateree Rivers bring rejuvenation to the floodplain. It is just a short drive from Columbia, and expands the appeal of that central SC city.

A bit further south lays the Francis Marion National Forest and the Sumter National Forest. This area was essential in the American war for Independence, and has a lot of history. Both the Francis Marion National Forest and the Sumter National Forest are just a short drive from Columbia, and are a great way to spend an afternoon if you are staying in Charleston.

Charleston itself does not have great beaches, but Kiawah Island has excellent beaches, and there are nature areas in the same area, only a half hours drive from Charleston.

A bit further north, in the mecca of beach entertainment, Myrtle Beach, are two great state parks with beaches and camping, Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park. There are many other parks and nature areas though – one of the best places the whole family can enjoy is Brookgreen Gardens and zoo, this is a must see for anyone in the Myrtle Beach Area!

Brookgreen Gardens also features many different workshops and festivals, and has a zoo, gardens, a museum and more.

No matter where you spend your vacation, from Columbia to Charleston, Greenville to Myrtle Beach, there are great parks, nature preserves and private gardens somewhere close by – and all worth spending a bit of time at!

The Author has visited the state parks in the Southeast for decades, but likes North Myrtle Beach hotels more than tents now!

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