Lancaster, SC 29720
Created as a memorial to the seventh president of the United States, the park features an Andrew Jackson Museum that details his boyhood in the South Carolina backcountry in the 18th century and a birthday celebration held each March in his honor. The museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 1–5 pm and by appointment. Other popular features include living history programs, an 18th-century replica schoolhouse, campground and picnic facilities, a fishing lake and nature trails. Hours of operation: 8am-6pm, daily from Nov.1-March 31; 9am-9pm daily April 1-Oct. 31. Museum hours: Sat & Sun, 1pm-5pm, M-F by appointment or when staff is available. Schoolhouse hours: Mid-March to November, Sat: 1pm-5pm and Sun: 2pm-5pm. Office hours: 11am-noon, daily. Self-guided tours of the park museum and schoolhouse are available during the hours when these facilities are open. 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. Park entrance fee charged for ages 16 and older.
Clinton, SC 29325
This is the site where Gen. Sumter defeated the hated Col. Banastre Tarleton. This large battle was important for lifting backcountry morale and for encouraging Gen. Greene to send Continentals into the region, who two months later turned the tide of the Revolutionary War at Cowpens. Situated along the Tyger River in Union County, this beautiful property is home to a 2.5-mile segment of the Palmetto Trail that provides tremendous recreation potential along the river. Open daily from dawn until dusk.
Winnsboro, SC 29180
Situated on 2,600 wooded acres of land, this unique family ATV, UTV and dirt bike riding park is the largest in the southeast. There is over 100 miles of ATV and single track trails of varying degrees of difficulty from “Green” nature trails to “Blue” trails for more experienced riders to “Black Diamond” trails to stand even the most seasoned rider’s hair on end! Also features a Motocross Area designed by Dirt Wurx U.S.A. that features a Championship Motocross course, a Vintage course for ATV competitors that love the “air time” and the thrills and chills of competition, plus an Enduro Course that challenges the skills and stamina of even the best of the best. The Welcome Center features wide verandas, swings, and rocking chairs, fans to keep cool, fireplaces for warmth, and Internet access. Horseback riding, log cabin rentals, a shower house, and more. (I-77, exit 46).
McBee, SC 29101
Established in 1939 as a federal refuge for indigenous wildlife and game management demonstration project, the 45,348-acre refuge now serves as a demonstration site for land management practices, which preserve and enhance the longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem. It supports approximately 190 species of birds, 42 species of mammals, 41 species of reptiles, 25 species of amphibians, and innumerable species of plants, including several species of fauna and flora that are listed as threatened or endangered. These include the Swainson’s warbler, red-cockaded woodpecker, pine barrens treefrog, white wicky, Well’s pixie moss, and the sweet pitcher plant. It supports an estimated 125 clusters of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, the largest population in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Offers 30 man-made lakes & ponds, walking trails, an auto tour route, picnic areas, hunting and fishing. Click here to join the FaceBook group, Friends of Carolina Sandhills NWR.
Cheraw, SC 29520
South Carolina’s first state park is located in the Sand Hills region. Cabins, campsites, hiking trails dot these 7,000 acres of forest. The 309-acre lake offers fishing and other recreational opportunities in a beautiful setting. An 18-hole championship golf course with full service pro shop is a popular attraction. Hours: Nov.-Feb. 7am-6pm, daily; March, Sept. and Oct. 7am-8pm, daily; Apr.-Aug. 7am-9pm, daily. Free park admission.
Rock Hill, SC 29730
With its 68 acres, the park includes a 1.5 mile lighted walking, jogging, bicycle trail, picnic and playground areas, five softball and five multi-purpose fields which attract state and national tournaments. I-77, exit 82-B.
Chester, SC 29706
Includes the Joe Collins Stadium, the home of POP Warner Football and Dixie Girls Softball; Wylie Park's 18-hole putt-putt course, Olympic sized pool, 12; mile fitness trail, nature trail, tennis courts, and playground; and the S.L. Finley Community Center which has a full gymnasium, aerobic classes, basketball court, weight room, and rental space.
Chester, SC 29706
This quiet 523-acre park provides a tranquil setting which is enjoyed by campers, day-users and nature lovers. The park’s 160 acre lake offers excellent fishing opportunities by land, boat, or fishing piers. Public boat ramp, boat rentals, picnic shelters, playgrounds, nature trails, and the Lakeview Hall meeting facility are available daily. Also available are a 27-hole Disc Golf course and 25 campsites with water & electricity. The campsite has a bathhouse with hot showers, a sewage disposal station, picnic area, playground, fishing lake, fishing boats and canoes for rent, tournament-level disc golf course, nature trails. Park hours: 9 am–sunset daily. Admission charged. Located 2 miles west of Chester on SC 72. 759 State Park Dr., Chester. (803) 385-2680.
Whitmire, SC 29178
Offers seasonal campgrounds that are open during big-game deer and turkey hunting seasons. The campground has designated campsites in open areas surrounded by woods. Amenities include drinking water, hot shower and restrooms. No reservations taken. The surrounding forest environment sustains abundant wildlife populations, making it one of the most desirable hunting areas in the upstate. Get out and enjoy your national forest!
Fort Mill, SC 29715
This newly opened outdoor amphitheater, near the (Anne Spings Close) greenway’s Dairy Barn offers another opportunity for the site’s 200,000 visitors. Featuring state-of-the-art technology, the venue welcomes higher-level groups and a variety of talent to the area. Situated in surroundings that will provide a quiet atmosphere during events, it features open-lawn seating and dark stonework that is perfect for listening to music and enjoying picnics.
Rock Hill, SC 29732
This is a county-maintained park located on the shores of Lake Wylie. Offers camping, picnic areas, swimming fishing and boating. 69 fully equipped campsites (advanced reservations accepted). Reservations are also recommended for the five picnic shelters. Open from daylight to dusk, Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day with lifeguard on duty, 11 am-6 pm, A daily parking pass is required. I-77, exit 82-C.
Rock Hill, SC 29730
This 250m world-class velodrome is part of the Rock Hill Outdoor Center at Riverwalk, owned and operated by the City of Rock Hill. The facility, endorsed by USA Cycling, hosts national and UCI caliber events while introducing the local community to the Olympic sport of track cycling through a variety of rider development and outreach programs. At the Velodrome, cyclists can find their home base for training and development. This year-round facility offers programs for cyclists of all stages and ages, providing equipment, instruction, and track races, through partnerships with the Rock Hill Bicycle Club and other cycling advocacy groups. A certification process is required of all cyclists, regardless of cycling ability, before riding on the track. Be sure to check out the variety of track races at the Velodrome. Track races provide great entertainment for spectators of all ages. The velodrome's schedule of events can be found on its website: http://www.Giordanavelodrome.com
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Eleven acres of fountains, lily ponds and paths wind through azaleas, dogwoods, wisteria, and many other beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees. This four season garden is the focal point for Rock Hill’s Annual Come-See-Me Festival, and other annual events. Other features at Glencairn include the Veterans Garden and Memorial, the Victory Garden and the Children's Garden. Open during daylight hours. I-77, exit 79. Turn west towards downtown & follow signs.
Camden, SC 29020
Cypress trees line the spring-fed lake which offers boating and fishing. The park features a nature trail and canoe trail, which gives the visitor an excellent opportunity to view the native flora and fauna. Picnic shelters, tables, playground equipment and a meeting facility available. 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. 9am–6pm daily. Winter hours of operation: Fri-Sun: 9am--6pm, December 1--March 14. Office hours : 11am--noon, daily. Free park admission.
Chreraw, SC 29520
27 full service campsites, primitive campsites, 2 comfort stations, a 24 stall barn, 68 panel corrals, clubhouse, arena, 3 ponds and fields for retriever field trials, 20 miles of horse trails, recreation equine, fishing, and hunting. No permit is needed to ride the trails in the park. Open daily, 24 hours. Closed : Christmas Day. Free park admission.