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
Get rid of your Christmas tree and help improve the fishing at Chester State Park at the same time! Participate in our Grinding of the Greens now through January 30. Bring a tree and get in free!  

SPECIAL NOTICE:  Chester's campground will be closed for upgrades December 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017. The rest of the park will remain open during this time.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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.