South Carolina State Parks in the Upstate


Visit a state park this spring!  We have several state parks in the Upstate.
See our list of fun state parks in the Upstate to visit.

Counties in Upstate South Carolina:

SC State Parks

Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson,Pickens, Cherokee, Oconee, Union, Laurens, Greenwood, and Abbeville

 

Abbeville

Calhoun Falls State Park: 

46 Maintenance Shop RD | Calhoun Falls, SC 29628 | Phone: 864-447-8267 | Fax: 864-447-8638 | calhounfalls@scprt.com
Things to do:
Fishing, Boating, Playground, Geocaching, Bird Watching, Tackle Loaner Program, Swimming, Picnic Shelter, Park Gift Shop, Tennis Court, Basketball Court, Equestrian Facilities, too.
Admission : $2 adults; $1.25 U.S. seniors; age 15 & younger free

Days and Hours of Operation : 6am-6pm, daily (extended to 9pm during Daylight Saving Time)

Office Hours : 9am-5pm, daily

Anderson

Saddlers Creek State Park: 

940 Sadlers Creek RD | Anderson, SC 29626 | Phone: 864-226-8950 | sadlerscreek@scprt.com
Things to do:

 

Fishing, Boating, Playground, Picnic Shelters, Bird Watching

Cherokee

Kings Mountain State Park

Geographic Region: Mountains

1277 Park RD | Blacksburg, SC 29702 | Phone: 803-222-3209 | Fax: 803-222-6948
Things to do:

FISHING, (Fishing Information : Enjoy fishing for bass, bream, crappie and catfish from a rental jon boat in the park’s 65-acre Lake York. Bank fishing is allowed on 13-acre Lake Crawford. A South Carolina fishing license is required.), Boating and Boat Access : Private kayaks and canoes may be launched on Lake York for a $5/day charge for one canoe or two kayaks. Visitors may obtain a permit at the park office. Jon boats are not allowed on the lake.  Fishing Boat Rentals : Non-motorized fishing boats rent for $20/day.

Canoe/Kayak Rentals : Seasonal rental pedal boats and canoes are offered at the 13-acre Lake Crawford. Check with the park for availability.

Playground Equipment 

Park Store/Gift Shop : The park store offers limited grocery items and souvenirs. It is open on weekends from March-Nov.

Picnic Shelters Playground : A playground is located near Shelter 2.

Swimming : Swimming is not permitted in the park lakes.
Geocaching : Geocaching is permitted. Biking

Other Facilities and Activities : The park has a volleyball court, basketball court and ping pong table available for visitor use.
Equestrian Camping : The equestrian camping area includes 15 equestrain campsites which rent for $12/site/night. Central water is available and privy toilets are nearby.

Admission : $2/adult; $1.25 SC Seniors; age 15 & younger free

Days and Hours of Operation : 8am-6pm, daily (extended to 7am-9pm during Daylight Saving Time)

Office Hours : 11am-noon & 4-5pm M-F

Tours : Self-guided tours of the Living History Farm are available from 9am-5pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends in April, May, Sept. and Oct.

Greenville

Caesars Head State Park

Geographic Region: Mountains
8155 Geer HWY | Cleveland, SC 29635 | Phone: 864-836-6115 | Fax: 864-836-3081 | CaesarsHead@scprt.com
Caesars Head connects to Jones Gap State Park in what is known as the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, an 11,000-acre area of pristine southern mountain forest.
Things to do: fishing,( fish in the Middle Saluda River, Matthews and Julian creeks for brook, rainbow and brown trout. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required. Artifical lures/flies only.), Picnic Area, Bird Watching(167 species of birds being viewed at this park )
, Geocaching, FREE Wi-Fi, Park Store/Gift Shop, Hiking Trails, 

Admission : Trail access cost: $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free

Days and Hours of Operation : 9am-9pm, daily during daylight saving time. 9am-6pm, daily, the remainder of the year. Trails close one hour before dark, year round.

Days and Holidays Closed : The Visitor Center and gift shop will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The park will however, remain open on these days.

Office Hours : 9am-5pm, daily, during daylight saving time. 10am-5pm M-Th and 9am-5pm F-Su, the remainder of the year.

Jones Gap State Park

Geographic Region: Mountains
303 Jones Gap RD | Marietta, SC 29661 | Phone: 864-836-3647 | Fax: 864-836-3647 | jonesgap@scprt.com

Admission : Oct.1 – Nov.30 admission prices are: $5 adults; $3.25 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3/ child age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger.

Fishing(Enjoy fishing in the Middle Saluda, Matthews and Julian creeks for brook, rainbow and brown trout. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required. Artifical lures/flies only, please.) Gift Shop/Park Store, 

Bird Watching (Jones Gap is a great park for birdwatching. Resident birds and spring migratory songbirds are plentiful.),  Geocaching, & Hiking Trails
Passport specials will be offered at the park from Oct.1 – Nov.30. Inquire at the park for more details.

Days and Hours of Operation : M-Su 9am-9pm, daily, during daylight savings time and 9am-6pm, daily, the remainder of the year. Trails close one hour before dark, year round.

Days and Holidays Closed : The park office will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, however, the park will remain open to visitors.

Office Hours : 11am-noon, daily

Pets : Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.

Laurens County 

Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

398 State Park RD | Clinton, SC 29325 | Phone: 864-938-0100 | musgrovemill@scprt.com

Things to do: 

Boating, Bird Watching, Picnic Shelter, Geocaching, Other Facilities and Activities : Located at Musgrove Mill is scenic Horseshoe Falls. This small, but beautiful waterfall is easily accessible by an ADA walkway and scenic overlook.

Admission : Free admission

Days and Hours of Operation : Main Gate: 9am-6pm, daily
Horseshoe Falls Road Area: sunrise to sundown, daily

Paris Mountain State Park

Geographic Region: Mountains
2401 State Park RD | Greenville, SC 29609 | Phone: 864-244-5565 | parismountain@scprt.com
Things to do: 

  • Fishing Information : Enjoy fishing in the park’s 8-acre Lake Placid for bass, bream and catfish. Reservoir #3 is a 15-acre lake located on the back side of the park. You must hike in two miles to access this lake. Bass, bream and catfish are stocked in this lake for fishing. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

Boating and Boat Access : Private boats are not allowed in the park lake.
Canoe/Kayak Rentals : Canoe and kayak rentals are available weekends only in the spring and fall, from 11am-5pm, depending on weather and the availability of lifeguards. Canoes and kayaks are available from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tu-F, and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sa-Su through mid-August, weather permitting. Please check with the park before making final plans.

Pedal Boat Rentals : Pedal boats are available for rent on weekends only, in spring and fall from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., depending on weather and the availability of lifeguards. Pedal boats are available for rent from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tu-F, and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sa-Su through mid-August. Please check with the park before making final plans.

Playground Equipment : Yes

Park Store/Gift Shop : A small gift shop is located in the Park Center. Tshirts, hats, stickers, water bottles and trail maps are available for sale.

Picnic Shelters

Swimming Area with Lifeguard : Swimming hours: Weekends only until June 12. From June 12 through August 17: Tu-F 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sa-Su 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Then weekends only until Sept. 1 (Labor Day).
Fees: None. Included with park admission.
Swimming : Swimming is only permitted in the swimming area when the lifeguards are on duty. It is not permitted anywhere else on the park.

Bird Watching : Bird watching is a favorite past time on the park. Birders may see a variety of hawks, woodpeckers and owls in the evening, among others.
Geocaching : Geocaching is permitted.,  Biking 

PLEASE NOTE: Mountain bikes are not allowed in the park or on trails on Saturdays. We appreciate your cooperation.

Hiking Trails : There are 15 miles of hiking/biking trails on the park. The park does not allow biking on these trails on Saturdays.

Interpretive Trails : The Lake Placid Self-Interpretive Nature Trail is a 1.2-mile loop trail for hiking only.

Biking Trails : There are 15 miles of hiking/biking trails on the park. Biking is not allowed on any of the trails on Saturdays.

Admission :
Memorial Day Saturday through Labor Day: $5 adults; $3.25 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3/ child age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger. This admission includes access to our designated swimming area when it is open.
Remainder of year: $2 age 16+; $1.25 SC Seniors; age 15 and younger free.

Days and Hours of Operation : 8am-9pm, daily, during daylight saving time. Winter hours: 8am-6pm, daily. Extended to 9pm on Tu.

Office Hours : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., F-M and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tu-Th.
Winter office hours: F-M 9am – 5pm, Tu-Th 11am-noon and 4 – 5pm.

Pets : Pets are not allowed in or around cabins, cabin areas or other lodging facilities. Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.

Download a Trail Map here.

Greenwood County

Lake Greenwood State Park

302 State Park RD | Ninety Six, SC 29666 | Phone: 864-543-3535
Wildflowers : A popular attraction of Lake Greenwood State Park from March to early April is the blooming wisteria.
Things to do:  Fishing(fishing in Lake Greenwood for bass, crappie, bream, perch, catfish, stripers. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.),Tackle Loaner Program : This park participates in the Tackle Loaner Program sponsored by the SC Dept. of Natural Resources. Rods and reels are available for loan at the park office.
Boating, Free Wi-fi, Playground(playgrounds are located in the Shelter #1 area. One playground is ideal for children 2-5 years of age and the other is suited for children 5-12 years of age.)

Swimming : Swimming is allowed in Lake Greenwood at your own risk. There is no designated swimming are and no lifeguards. Swimming is not allowed around boat ramps, the courtest dock or the fishing pier.
Walking/Nature Trails

Bird Watching : Birdwatching is available at the park with a multitude of birds to enjoy year round.

Geocaching : Geocaching is permitted.

Admission : $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free

Days and Hours of Operation : 6am-6pm, daily (extended to 10pm during Daylight Saving Time)

Office Hours : 9am-5pm, daily (extended to 8pm F-Sa during Daylight Saving Time)

Pets : Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.

(Latitude: 34.1878547/Longitude: -81.957719)

Oconee County

Devils Fork State Park

Geographic Region: Mountains
161 Holcombe CIR | Salem, SC 29676 | Phone: 864-944-2639 | Toll Free: 866-345-7275 | devilsfork@scprt.com
Features: Lake Jocassee
Picnic Shelters, Playground, lake for swimming, fishing, and gorgeous waterfalls!
 Pets not allowed in villas, but mostly in outdoor areas, provided they are on a leash. Please see South Carolina State Parks for more information.

Lake Hartwell State Park

19138-A HWY 11 S | Fair Play, SC 29643 | Phone: 864-972-3352 | lakehartwell@scprt.com

Things to do:

Fishing, Boating, Playground, Geocaching, Swimming, Picnic Shelters, Bird Watching, Walking/Nature Trails.

Admission : $2 adults; $1.25 U.S. seniors; age 15 & younger free

Days and Hours of Operation : Sun up to sun down, daily

Office Hours : 10am-5pm, daily April-Oct. and 11am-noon & 4-5pm, daily Nov.-March

Oconee State Park
Geographic Region: Mountains
624 State Park RD | Mountain Rest, SC 29664 | Phone: 864-638-5353 | Fax: 888-803-0844 | oconee@scprt.com
Things to do: Fishing(Enjoy fishing in the park’s 20-acre and 12-acre lakes for bass, bream and catfish. (Trout when stocked in winter months). A valid South Carolina fishing license is required. Fishing Pier : A fishing pier is located in the campground at Campground Lake.) This park participates in the Tackle Loaner Program, Boating(Boating and Boat Access : Private boats are not allowed on the park lake.),
**Life jackets must be worn at all times.**

Fishing Boat Rentals : Non-motorized fishing boats available to rent for $20/day or $10/half day year round. Cabin guests may rent fishing boats for $30/weekend or $50/week. Guests may beach the boat at their cabin.

Canoe/Kayak Rentals : Canoes are available to rent for $20/day , $10/half day, year round. Kayaks are available to rent for $5/hour, seasonally. Must be at least 16 years old to rent.

Pedal Boat Rentals : Pedal boat rentals are available to rent year-round at $5/hr. A person of at least 13 years of age must be present in the pedal boats at all times.

Playground Equipment : Yes

Park Store/Gift Shop : The park store includes limited grocery items, souvenirs, camping supplies, firewood, ice, bait and tackle, drinks, first-aid supplies and toys. It is open year-round M-F 9am-5pm; Sa-Su 11am-noon and 4-5pm.

Picnic Shelters : Yes

Playground : Three playgrounds are located on the park. One is located beside mini golf, one behind the mini golf and one by the swimming area at the park lake.

Swimming Area with Lifeguard : Seasonal lake swimming is offered upon availability of lifeguards. The swimming area will open Memorial Day weekend Sat., May 23, 2015 and Sun., May 24. We will open on Memorial Day, Mon., May 25 depending upon school schedules. The swimming area will close during the week until school ends and reopen on the weekends of May 30- 31 and June 6-7. Starting Tues., June 9, 2015, regular swimming hours will be: Tu – F 11am–5:30am, Sa 11am–6:30pm and Su 11am–5:30pm. The swimming are will be closed on Mondays. After August 16, 2015, the swimming area will be open on weekends only through Labor Day. Hours are subject to change. Please check with the park before making final plans.

Swimming : Swimming is permitted at this park in a designated swimming area.

Geocaching : Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. For more information visit the official geocaching website.

Mini Golf : An 18-hole mini golf course is located near the campground entrance. The course is open year round and all park guests may play for $2/game. Please see the park office for clubs and golf balls.

Biking , Hiking Trails  

Oconee State Station Historic Site

Geographic Region: Mountains
500 Oconee Station RD | Walhalla, SC 29691 | Phone: 864-638-0079 | oconeestation@scprt.com
Hours of Operation:  Admission : Free admissionDays and Hours of Operation : Mar.1-Nov. 30,9am-6pm, daily. Seasonal hours of operation Dec. 1 – Feb. 28, closed Mon.-Thur. Open F-Su,9am-6pm. Historic structures are open from 1pm – 5pm Sa-Su with guided tours available.: 11am- noon, dailyTours : The Station House and Richards House are open for tours on Sa-Su from 1-5pm and by appointment.
Things to do:Office Hours

Fishing Information : Fishing for blue-gill and largemouth bass may be enjoyed in the four-acre pond located on the park. Fishing with minnows is not permitted. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.
Bird Watching : The park is an ideal area for bird watching.

Geocaching : Geocaching is permitted. , Biking : YesHiking Trails : The Oconee Connector Trail connects Oconee Station to Oconee State Park. This trail is approximately four miles long and gains or loses 800 feet in elevation.

Pickens County 

Keowee Toxaway State Park

108 Residence DR | Sunset, SC 29685 | Phone: 864-868-2605 | keoweetoxaway@scprt.com
Things to do: Fishing(bass, bream, crappie and catfish. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.), Boating, Picnic Shelters, Swimming is permitted in Lake Keowee, Gift Shop/Park Store(Jocassee Gorges Visitor Center), Biking, Bird Watching(Over 75 species of songbirds have been reported on the park.), Geocaching, Nature Trails, Hiking/Walking Trails, and Biking Trails.

Days and Hours of Operation : Sa-Th 9am-6pm; Fri 9am-8pm (extended to 9pm M-Su during Daylight Saving Time)

Office Hours : 11am-noon & 4-5pm, daily

Visitor Center : The Jocassee Gorges Visitor Center houses exhibits about the region’s extraordinary natural diversity, the region’s importance as a scientific research destination, the history of the people who lived here in the past and features a three-dimensional topographic map of the region.

Hours of operation: Daily from 11am-Noon and 4pm-5pm.

Pets not allowed in cabin area

Table Rock State Park 

Geographic Region: Mountains
158 Ellison Ln | Pickens, SC 29671 | Phone: 864-878-9813 | tablerock@scprt.com

Admission :
Memorial Day Saturday through Labor Day: $5 adults; $3.25 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3/ child age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger. This admission includes access to our designated swimming area when it is open.
Remainder of year: $2 age 16+; $1.25 SC Seniors; age 15 and younger free.
Days and Hours of Operation : Hours are Su-Th 7 am-7 pm (extended to 9pm F and Sa).

Su-Th 7am-9pm (extended to 10pm F and Sa), during Daylight Saving Time.

Office Hours : M-Su 8am-6pm. Seasonal winter hours M-Su 9am-5pm.

Check their website for the 2015 swimming schedule.

Fishing Information : Anglers enjoy fishing in Pinnacle Lake (36 acres) and Lake Oolenoy (67 acres) for bass, bream and catfish. A South Carolina fishing license is required.

Fishing Pier : A fishing pier accessible to the physically impaired is located on Lake Oolenoy.

Boating and Boat Access : Private boats are not allowed on 36-acre Lake Pinnacle, however, rental fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats are available for rent at the park. A boat ramp provides private boat access to 67-acre Lake Oolenoy. No gas motors are allowed. Only private boats with electric trolling motors permitted. The Lake Oolenoy access is open from 7am to 7pm during eastern standard time (extended to 7am to 9pm daylight savings time). Private boats must be put in at the boat ramp, launching from the shoreline is not permitted, and must be removed before the park closes. Boaters are required to pay the daily park admission in order to launch their craft.

Fishing Boat Rentals : Non-motorized fishing boats are available to rent on Lake Pinnacle for $15/day year round. Fishing boats with electric trolling motors are available to rent for $25/day year round. Boats may be rented from the park headquarters year round and seasonally at the Lake Pinnacle boathouse. Life jackets must be worn at all times.

Canoe/Kayak Rentals : Rental canoes and kayaks are available to use on Lake Pinnacle. Rental rates for canoes/kayaks are seasonal based on demand. From March 1 to Thanksgiving weekend the canoes/kayaks rent for $5/ half hour. During the off season the canoes/kayaks rent for $20/day. Canoes and kayaks may be rented from the park headquarters year round and seasonally from the Lake Pinnacle boathouse. Life jackets must be worn at all times.
Pedal Boat Rentals : Pedal boats are available to rent on Lake Pinnacle for $7/per half hour, year round. Boats may be rented from the park headquarters year round and seasonally at the Lake Pinnacle boathouse.Life jackets must be worn at all times.
Boats may be rented daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during Eastern Standard Time (extended to 5:30 p.m. during daylight saving time). For all rentals, a person of at least 16 years of age must be present in the boat at all times. The park supplies life vests that must be worn at all times. Day-use visitors who are renting boats are required to pay the daily admission. Swimming is not permitted from boats. All rentals are weather dependent and subject to availability. Please contact the park before you make final plans.
Free Wi-fi , Playground Equipment : Yes

Park Store/Gift Shop : The country store located at the campground entrance offers limited grocery items, drinks, snacks, firewood and souvenirs. The park visitor center located on SC Hwy 11 also has an assortment of souvenir items, snacks, drink and books.Picnic Shelters, Playground : Playgrounds are located in the day-use area of the park near the trailhead and swimming area.Swimming Area with Lifeguard : Seasonal lake swimming is offered contingent on lifeguard availability in Pinnacle Lake. The swimming area includes a high dive board, low dive board and sandy beach.

Swimming : Wading is also allowed at your own risk in Carrick Creek near the observation deck. Swimming is not permitted from boats.Bird Watching : Great places for bird watching at the park include the area near the park visitor center and near the White Oak Shelter.

Geocaching : Geocaching is permitted.

Hiking Trails : The extensive trail system carries hikers past streams and waterfalls to the top of Table Rock and Pinnacle mountains. Table Rock is an access point to the foothills trail.

Hiking trails close ½-hour before dark. Overnight camping is not permitted on park trails. Hikers must complete a trail registration form at the kiosk before hiking the trails. Please keep all dogs on 6ft leash at all times.

The trails on the park are as follows: Carrick Creek (1.9 miles), Mill Creek Pass (.7 mile), Pinnacle Mountain (4.1 miles), Ridge Trail (1.9 miles) and Table Rock NRT (3.6 miles).

Spartanburg County

Croft State Park

450 Croft State Park RD | Spartanburg, SC 29302 | Phone: 864-585-1283 | croft@scprt.com

Admission : $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free

Days and Hours of Operation : Standard Time Hours : 7am- 6pm, daily; extended to 8pm on Fri; Daylight Savings Time Hours: 7am -9pm, daily

Office Hours : 11am -noon & 4-5pm, daily

Things to do:

Fishing, Bird Watching, Swimming, Boating, Canoe and Kayak Rentals, Playground, Picnic Shelters, Skeet Shooting, Geocaching, Biking, and Equestrian Facilities.

Fishing Information : Enjoy fishing for bass, bream, catfish and crappie in the park lake. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

Boating and Boat Access : A boat ramp provides private boat access to Lake Tom Moore Craig, a 165-acre watershed. Private boats are permitted on the lake, but are restricted to electric trolling motors.
Fishing Boat Rentals : Non-motorized, 14 ft. fishing boats rent for $10/four hours or $20/day between the office hours of 11 a.m. and noon and 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. To rent outside of these hours please see park staff on duty or stop by campground host sites 22 or 45. Canoe/Kayak Rentals : Canoe rentals are available for $10 for four hours or $20/day. Kayaks are available for $5/hour or $20/day. Rentals are available year round, weather permitting.

Equestrian Show Ring & Equestrian Trails

Hiking and Biking Trails

Union County

Rose Hill State Park: 

2677 Sardis RD | Union, SC 29379 | Phone: 864-427-5966 | rosehill@scprt.com

Things to do: 

Picnic Shelter, and Walking Trails

Once home to South Carolina Gov. William Henry Gist, this is a beautiful southern plantation, complete with a rose garden.
Admission: 

Grounds are free.

House tours: $5 age 16+, $3 SC Senior, $4 age 6-15, children under 5 are free. Groups of 15 or more, please contact park to make reservation for house tour.

Days and Hours of Operation : Park grounds are open daily from 9am-6pm. House museum tours are held: Mar-Oct, daily at 1, 2 and 3pm and Nov-Feb Thursday through Monday at 1, 2 and 3pm. The house is only accessible by guided tour.

Office Hours : Daily, 11am-noon

Want more information about Geocaching, or the Fishing Tackle Loaner Program?
Kid’s can learn and explore through the Discover Carolina program.  It transforms our state parks into a living classroom.
Our South Carolina State Parks also offer kid friendly events. Check here for their upcoming activities and events.  You can also have your a birthday party at your favorite state park!!
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Looking for more parks in and around the Upstate? Check out my Upstate Park Guide.
Greenville Parks and Playgrounds
Have a wonderful spring and summer, and remember to stay safe in the Upstate!! Always wear your life jacket!!  Be mindful of park rules, regulations, hours of operation, and stay within a safe distance from wildlife.

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