FAQs

Search Entire FAQ

Camping & Lodging FAQ


Back to the FAQ Main Page

If you have a problem or question not answered in our FAQs, please contact us.

Camping & Lodging

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 disabled, qualify for certain rate reductions. Proof of age or disability is required.  These qualifying residents receive 35% off admission fees, camping, picnic shelters, golf greens fees 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 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.

How far in advance may I make a reservation?

Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance. For example: If you would like to check in on November 1, 2012 you can call or go online to make reservations on December 1, 2011.

What is the cancellation policy for park reservations?

Fees 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:

CANCELLATION POLICY:
 
LODGING
CAMPING
DAY-USE
Notice Given
Fee / Penalty
Notice Given
Fee / Penalty
Notice Given
Fee / Penalty
30+ Days
$10 Handling Fee
15+ Days
$10 Handling Fee
15+ Days
No Charge
15-29 Days
1 night charge
4-14 Days
1 night charge
4-14 Days
$10 Handling Fee
0-14 Days
Entire deposit
0-3 Days
Entire deposit
0-3 Days
Entire deposit
 
TRANSFER / CHANGE POLICY *:
 
LODGING
CAMPING
DAY-USE
Notice Given
Fee / Penalty
Notice Given
Fee / Penalty
Notice Given
Fee / Penalty
30+ Days
No Charge
15+ Days
No Charge
15+ Days
No Charge
15-29 Days
$10 Handling Fee
4-14 Days
$10 Handling Fee
4-14 Days
$10 Handling Fee
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 fees or penalties, but will be subject to non-refundable transaction fees for the additional nights.
 
EARLY DEPARTURE POLICY: Cancellation Policy applies in conjunction with Fee Policy for Emergency Waivers.

Which parks offer free wi-fi internet service?

The following parks offer free wifi in some capacity on the park: Caesars Head State Park, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Devils Fork State Park, Dreher Island State Park, Edisto Beach State Park, Hickory Knob State Resort Park, Hunting Island State Park,  Lake Greenwood State Park, Myrtle Beach State Park, Oconee State Park, Paris Mountain State Park, Poinsett State Park, Santee State Park, Table Rock State Park and Lake Hartwell State Park.  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.

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.

Does the park service have a comprehensive guide with information on all 47 state parks?

You may purchase our official guide in our online park store, or at any South Carolina State Park.  To access the online, interactive version, please click this link.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What are the reservation fees and payment requirements when making a reservation?

Camping: There is a $1.60 per night non-refundable reservation fee. Full payment is due at the time of reservation.

Lodging: There is a $3.80 per night non-refundable reservation fee. 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 $3.80 per day non-refundable reservation fee. Full payment is due at the time of reservation for pavilions, picnic shelters, amphitheaters, meeting rooms and community buildings.

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.

How do I make a reservation at a state park?

Reservations at state parks may be made up to 11 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.

What are check in and check out times for cabins and villas?

Check in time for cabins and villas is 4pm and check out time is 10am 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 2pm and check out time is 12pm for all parks.  Please contact the park for late arrival instructions.

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.