Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make a reservation at a state park?
Reservations at state parks may be made up to 13 months in advance. There are three convenient ways to make reservations at South Carolina State Parks:
- Call toll free 1-866-345-PARK (7275)
- Online at SouthCarolinaParks.com or click here to reserve
- At the park of your choice, by calling the park directly
Reservations for group camps or primitive camping must still be made through the state parks.
Camping Reservations: Reservations requested less than one (1) day in advance of check-in must be made directly through the park. For example: If today is Friday and you are making a reservation checking in on today, Friday, you must make the reservation by contacting the park directly. Campsite reservations require payment in full at the time the reservation is made.
Cabin Reservations & Day Use Facilities: Reservations requested LESS THAN three (3) days in advance of check-in must be made directly through the park. For example: If today is Wednesday and you are making a reservation for the upcoming Friday, you must make the reservation by contacting the park directly.
How far in advance may I make a reservation?
Reservations may be made up to 13 months in advance. For example: If you would like to check in on July 4, 2019 you can call or go online to make reservations on June 4, 2018.
What are the costs associated with making a reservation and payment requirements when making a reservation?
Camping: There is a $1.94 per night non-refundable reservation cost. Full payment is due at the time of reservation.
Lodging: There is a $1.94 per night non-refundable reservation cost. A 50% deposit is due at the time of reservation. The balance is due upon arrival at the park. The customer may pay in full, if they wish.
Day Use: There is a $1.94 per day non-refundable reservation cost. Full payment is due at the time of reservation for pavilions, picnic shelters, amphitheaters, meeting rooms and community buildings.
What are check-in and check-out times for cabins and villas?
Check-in time for cabins and villas is 4 p.m. and check-out time is 10 a.m. at all parks except for Hickory Knob. Please contact the individual parks for late arrival instructions.
What are check-in and check-out times for camping?
Check-in time for camping is 2 p.m. and check-out time is noon for all parks. Please contact the park for late arrival instructions.
What is the minimum age required to reserve/occupy a campsite?
To reserve and/or occupy a campsite, a member of the party must be least 18 years of age and present at the time of check in. They must also be present on the site with the camping equipment.
How many tents or RVs are allowed per campsite?
Campers are allowed a maximum of one trailer/RV and one tent, OR two tents per site. No more than six (6) persons (or one family) may occupy the same site.
What is the cancellation policy for park reservations?
Penalties assessed to reservation cancellations or changes are based on the amount of notice given in advance of the arrival date. Transaction fees are not refundable. Below is more detailed information:
|Notice given||Penalty||Notice Given||Penalty||Notice Given||Penalty|
|30+ days||$10 handling charge||15+ days||$10 handling charge||15+ days||No charge|
|15-29 days||1 night charge||4-14 days||1 night charge||4-14 days||$10 handling charge|
|0-14 days||Entire deposit||0-3 days||Entire deposit||0-3 days||Entire deposit|
TRANSFER / CHANGE POLICY *:
|Notice given||Penalty||Notice given||Penalty||Notice given||Penalty|
|30+ days||No charge||15+ days||No charge||15+ days||No charge|
|15-29 days||$10 handling charge||4-14 days||$10 handling charge||4-14 days||$10 handling charge|
|0-14 days||Cancellation required||0-3 days||Cancellation required||0-3 days||Cancellation required|
* Changes that result in additional nights reserved will not incur handling charges or penalties, but will be subject to non-refundable transaction fees for the additional nights.
EARLY DEPARTURE POLICY: Cancellation Policy applies in conjunction with Policy for Emergency Waivers.
How can I provide my comments and feedback on my recent visit to a state park?
Comments and feedback can be submitted via our online survey. Click here to access and complete the survey.
What is the discount policy for senior citizens, blind and disabled citizens?
South Carolina residents who are at least 65 years of age, legally blind or 100% disabled, qualify for certain rate reductions. Proof of age or disability is required. These qualifying residents receive 35% off admission, camping, picnic shelters, golf and fishing pier admission. In order to receive the camping discount, qualifying individuals MUST occupy the site reserved. Also these qualifying residents may purchase a Palmetto Passport for $37.50 (50% off) for admission to all state parks, or the Inland Passport for $25, for the period of one year. There are NO rate reductions for lodging, building or meeting facility rentals, leased facilities, resale items or equipment rentals.
For more detailed information, please contact the park you are interested in visiting, directly.
Do out-of-state senior citizens, blind or disabled citizens receive any discounts?
The same rate reductions as listed in the question above are extended to out-of-state U.S. residents only at the following parks: Baker Creek, Calhoun Falls, Hamilton Branch, Hickory Knob, Lake Hartwell and Sadlers Creek, EXCEPT for the Palmetto Passport discount.
Which parks offer free Wi-Fi service?
The following parks offer free wifi in some capacity on the park: Barnwell State Park, Caesars Head State Park, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Devils Fork State Park, Dreher Island State Park, Edisto Beach State Park, Givhans Ferry State Park, H. Cooper Black, Hickory Knob State Resort Park, Hunting Island State Park, Lake Greenwood State Park, Lake Hartwell State Park, Myrtle Beach State Park, Oconee State Park, Paris Mountain State Park, Poinsett State Park, Santee State Park and Table Rock State Park.
Are pets allowed in state parks?
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. Pets are not allowed in or around cabins, cabin areas or other lodging facilities.
Are alcoholic beverages allowed on park property?
It is unlawful for any person to consume or display in public any beverage of alcoholic content, including beer and wine, except where specifically authorized by the Department.
Are golf carts permitted on state parks?
For information regarding the use of a personal golf cart, please contact the individual park that you plan to visit.
May we bring our own firewood into your parks?
Many invasive forest pests like Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Long-horned Beetle, and others can hitch rides on firewood logs. Even if no adult insects are visibly present on the wood, their larvae and pupae may be maturing inside the wood itself. While these beetles don’t tend to move very far from where they are found, they can spread very easily by travelling on firewood logs that campers bring from far away. SC Forest Health authorities advise firewood should be bought and used locally to prevent spreading pests in the state. "locally" typically means wood that is purchased/harvested as close to where you are planning to burn it as possible. Neighboring states (including NC, VA, parts of TN and GA) have areas under quarantine for pests like Emerald Ash Borer, Thousand Cankers Diseas, Europena Gypsy Moth, etc - it is illegal to move any regulated items (i.e. firewood) from quarantined zones out of these states into SC. For more information on this issue, visit www.dontmovefirewood.org
What are your geocaching guidelines for state parks and state park properties?
Click here for a printable version of our guidelines concerning geocaching on state parks and state park properties.
What are your metal detection guidelines for State Parks and State Park properties?
Click here for a printable version of our guidelines concerning metal detector use on state parks and state park properties.
Where can I find a list of state park rules and regulations?
You can find the South Carolina State Park rules and regulations, along with campground rules and regulations at this link.
How can I get printed information on state park camping and lodging?
For detailed information on all state park camping and lodging facilities, you may download our comprehensive information sheet. You can also find a printable park map and brochure for each park on our maps and brochures page.
Does the park service have a comprehensive guide with information on all 47 state parks?
Where can I find information about State Park employment, internships, etc?