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9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily


11 a.m. - noon, daily

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Free admission

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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.

Goodale State Park  No Wifi

No Wifi Available

Goodale State Park  Has EV Charging Station

EV Charging Station

Goodale State Park


Park Manager

John Wells

Park Manager

Welcome to Goodale! I’m John Wells, park manager. Ever since my first campout in the backyard with my dad, I have loved being outdoors. Camping trips with family and more with scouting, partnered with a healthy dose of Yogi Bear on Saturday mornings, made me realize as a kid that I would love to work in the woods helping people—so that’s what I do!

My favorite thing to do at Goodale is looking for the little things most people miss. Tiny little frogs, snails that eat other snails, gorgeous little wildflowers that are no bigger than a dime can all be found along the bank and spillway area at the park … even carnivorous pitcher plants!

Everyone that is able should paddle the Canoe Trail across the lake, as a first-time visitor. In the big open water area, you can see all sorts of birds like ducks, kingfishers, osprey and occasionally bald eagles. Then you paddle—not hike—into the forest, drifting around ancient cypress trees where otters and alligators try to hide from curious park visitors!

**Our Ultimate Outsider stamp is located on the outside wall of the office building facing the road.

Tall cypress trees that enchant the eye, a Civil War-era mill pond that abounds with wildlife, some of the best kayaking in South Carolina and a one and a half mile, sandy nature trail waiting to be explored can all be found at Goodale State Park.

Goodale is sure to please those who love wilderness canoe trips and kayaking in South Carolina, as paddling is one of the park’s main attractions. A little-known paddling trail winds for three miles through cypress trees and aquatic plants and is perfect for wilderness canoe trips taken not so far from the city.

A longtime community favorite, Goodale additionally offers shoreline fishing and picnicking.

Want more South Carolina parks? Explore a paddler’s paradise at Colleton State Park or enjoy a unique experience at the prime South Carolina golf resort found at Hickory Knob State Resort Park!


1 Civil War-era mill pond

3 mile cypress canoe trail, some say is the best undiscovered canoe trail in the state

140 acre park lake where you can catch bass, bream and catfish

1 great Community Building available for rental and accommodates up to 60 people

2 picnic shelters awaiting your next group picnic

763 acres of parkland near Camden, SC and less than 40 miles from downtown Columbia


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