Chester State Park
759 State Park DR | Chester, SC 29706 | Phone: 803-385-2680 |
  • The boathouse at Chester State Park
  • Fun on the playground at Chester State Park.
  • The 160-acre lake at Chester State Park
SPECIAL NOTICE:  Chester State Park received a $50,000 grant from the Lutz Foundation for the upgrade of our 25 site campground. The work began on Dec. 1 and is expected to continue until Spring 2017 -- when the campground will reopen. The upgrade will include 50amp service, freezeless water hydrants, fire rings, lantern holders picnic tables and picnic pads on all 25 sites. We are also remodeling the interior of the comfort station. For more info, please contact the park office at 803-385-2680 or  The rest of the park will remain open during this time.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Come out for Twilight Paddling in 2017! Get more information here.

Join us on April 15 as we work with 4H to help save the Monarch butterfly and plant seeds for their habitat.  The program is free, but please reserve your spot by April 13, by calling the park.  Click here for details.

Check out our disc golf course! Get more information here

Our Ultimate Outsider stamp can be found at the park kiosk near the Ranger Station.
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South Carolina State Parks

Since opening in the 1930s, Chester State Park near Chester, South Carolina has been a haven for hiking, picnicking, boating and fishing for the surrounding communities in the Piedmont Region of South Carolina.

Located midway between Columbia and Charlotte, in Chester, South Carolina, the park centers on a 160-acre lake surrounded by a two-mile nature trail through the pine forest.

A community building, camping, jon boat rentals and an unusually serene, placid setting in the Piedmont Region of South Carolina are among this traditional state park’s attractions.

All of our state parks offer something unique! Have a picnic or try geocaching at Barnwell State Park or explore the South Carolina mountain bike trails at Baker Creek State Park.


  • Admission : $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free
  • Days and Hours of Operation : 9am-6pm, daily (extended to 9pm during Daylight Saving Time)
  • 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.