List of South Carolina state parks

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South Carolina
State Park Service
SC parks logo.jpg
Agency overview
Formed 1933
Headquarters 1205 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Annual budget $120 million (2008)[1]
Agency executive
  • Phil Gaines, State Park Director
Parent agency S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Website http://www.southcarolinaparks.com

The State of South Carolina has a group of protected areas managed by the South Carolina State Park Service (often abbreviated to Park Service). Formed in 1933 in conjunction with the formalization of the federal Civilian Conservation Corps program, the State Park Service is administered by the state's Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT). There are a total of 47 facilities that the State Park Service administers, protecting nearly 80,000 acres of sensitive, attractive, and/or historically significant lands in South Carolina.[2] The facilities fall under four types of classifications:

  • 30 State Parks
  • 15 State Historic Sites
  • one (1) State Resort Park
  • one (1) State Recreational Area

Cheraw State Park was the first park to be proposed within the system in 1934 with Myrtle Beach State Park becoming the first park to open in 1936.[3] Within six years, the State of South Carolina and the CCC opened 17 state parks.[4] Originally under the jurisdiction of the South Carolina Forestry Commission, the Park Service has been a unit within the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism since its formation in 1967. Hunting Island State Park in Beaufort County is the most popular state park in South Carolina and among the most popular in the United States, attracting 1.2 million visitors per year.

Park Name County or Counties Size Year Established
Aiken State Park Aiken 1,067 acres 1934
Andrew Jackson State Park Lancaster 360 acres 1952
Baker Creek State Park McCormick 1,305 acres 1967
Barnwell State Park Barnwell 307 acres 1937
Caesars Head State Park Greenville 7,467 acres  1986
Calhoun Falls State Park Abbeville 318 acres
Charles Towne Landing Charleston 184 acres (74 ha) 1969
Cheraw State Park Chesterfield 7,362 acres 1934
Chester State Park Chester 523 acres 1935
Colleton State Park Colleton 35 acres 1944
Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site Dorchester 325 acres 1960
Croft State Park Spartanburg 7,054 acres 1945
Devils Fork State Park Oconee 622 acres 1990
Dreher Island State Park Newberry 348 acres 1990
Edisto Beach State Park Colleton 1,255 acres 1935
Givhans Ferry State Park Dorchester 988 acres 1934
Goodale State Park Kershaw 963 acres 1973
H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreation Area Chesterfield 7,000 acres 1994
Hamilton Branch State Park McCormick 731 acres 1972
Hampton Plantation Charleston 300 acres 1970
Hickory Knob State Resort Park McCormick 1,091 acres
Hunting Island State Park Beaufort 5,000 acres 1935
Huntington Beach State Park Georgetown 2,500 acres
Jones Gap State Park Greenville 3,964 acres
Keowee-Toxaway State Park Pickens 1,000 acres 1970
Kings Mountain State Park Cherokee 6,885 acres 1934
Lake Greenwood State Park Greenwood 914 acres 1938
Lake Hartwell State Park Ocoree 680 acres 1976
Lake Warren State Park Hampton 440 acres
Lake Wateree State Park Ridgeway 238 acres 1982
Landsford Canal State Park Chester 448 acres
Lee State Park Lee 2,839 acres 1935
Little Pee Dee State Park Dillon 835 acres
Musgrove Mill State Historic Site Spartanburg 380 acres 1975
Myrtle Beach State Park Horry 312 acres 1935
Oconee State Park Oconee 1,165 acres 1935
Oconee Station State Historic Site Oconee 210 acres
Paris Mountain State Park Greenville 1,540 acres 1935
Poinsett State Park Sumter 1,010 acres 1934
Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site Aiken 350 acres 1973
Rivers Bridge State Historic Site Bamberg 390 acres 1972
Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site Union 44 acres 1970
Sadlers Creek State Park Anderson 395 acres
Santee State Park Orangeburg 2,500 acres 1942
Sesquicentennial State Park Richland 1,419 acres 1937
Table Rock State Park Pickens 3,083 acres 1935
Woods Bay State Park Florence 1,590 acres 1973

List of facilities[edit]

The following is a list of all State Park Service facilities:

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