Adventure is Waiting at These South Carolina State Parks in the Upstate

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Planning a day out at one of Upstate, South Carolina’s State Parks? There are some beautiful state parks near Greenville, SC, each with their own things to do and unique natural treasure to discover. Parks in this area have great hiking, many offer biking trails, there’s fishing, picnicking and even some putt-putt and equestrian trails. Check out what our Upstate South Carolina State Parks have to offer and plan your next little adventure.

Important: State Parks are currently operating at reduced capacity and with restrictions. We put together information you need to know about those state park restrictions, check them out and plan accordingly.

South Carolina State Park in the Upstate

Choosing a South Carolina State Park to visit? Here are the South Carolina State Parks in the Upstate area and some of the unique things to do and features they offer.

Sesquicentennial State Park

Near downtown Columbia is where you’ll find Sesquicentennial State Park. This 1400 acre park with a 30 acre lake. Highlights of this park include:

  • nature trail
  • 12 miles of hiking trails
  • fishing in the lake
  • splash pad
  • dog park
  • a variety of camp sites
  • picninc shelters and pads

9564 Two Notch Rd, Columbia SC 29223

Sesquicentennial State Park

Sadlers Creek State Park

Sadlers Creek State Park in Anderson, SC offers beautiful scenary and camping at one of South Carolina’s lesser known state parks.

  • Paved walking paths
  • Fishing Pier
  • nature trail
  • bike trails
  • picnic shelters
  • camping, including lake front campsites

940 Sadlers Creek Road, Anderson, SC

Sadlers Creek State Park

Oconee State Park

Oconee State Park has everything from mini-golf to wooden checker tables, great hiking and boating on the lake.

  • swimming
  • boat rentals
  • putt-putt golf
  • nature trails

624 State Park Road, Mountain Rest, SC

Keowee-Toxaway State Park

Keowee-Toxaway State Park is known for it’s fantastic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s ammenities and things to do include:

  • fishing
  • two hiking trails
  • launch for non-motorized boats
  • camping and one cabin
  • picnic shelter

108 Residence Drive, Sunset, SC

Lake Keowee-Toxaway State Park

Jones Gap State Park

Jones Gap State Park is a very popular state park. It’s home to a favorite upstate hike, the hike to Rainbow Falls.

  • 60 miles of hiking
  • waterfalls
  • back country camp sites
  • fish hatchery exhibit
  • trout fishing

303 Jones Gap Road, Marietta, SC

Jones Gap State Park

Paris Mountain State Park

Greenville’s state park is Paris Mountain State Park. It’s just a short drive from downtown Greenville and offers a wide variety of things to do:

  • 15 miles of hiking trails
  • biking trails
  • boat rental (canoes, kayaks, pedal boats)
  • picnic shelters
  • campground
  • trail side camping spots

2401 State Park Road, Greenville

Paris Mountain State Park

Table Rock State Park

Table Rock State Park has a wide variety of hiking trails with beautiful views by mountain creeks, boulders, and waterfalls. Plus there are great places to wade and swim both along the trail and at the park’s swimming hole.

  • hikes for a variety of skill levels
  • swimming hole
  • camping
  • cabin rentals

158 Ellison Lane, Pickens, SC

Table Rock State Park

Caesars Head State Park

Caesars Head State Park offers amazing scenary for both the hiker and those would rather just relax. An overlook adjacent to the parking lot has stunning views. But, Caesars Head offers some stellar hiking, including Raven Cliff Falls Trail.

  • scenic overlook
  • picnic tables
  • hiking trails
  • visitor center with exhibits

8155 Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC

Caesar’s Head State Park

Croft State Park

Croft State Park is Spartanburg’s state park. In addition to a beautiful lake with fishing and boating access, there is also hiking and equestrian trails and facilities.

  • hiking trails, including a nature trail
  • horse trails
  • biking trails
  • lake with dock and fishing access
  • boat rentals
  • camping

450 Croft State Park Road, Spartanburg, SC

Croft State Park

Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

Learn about the Revolutionary War battle that was fought at Musgrove Mill, plus hike in beautiful wooded scenary and explore Horseshoe Falls.

  • Visitor center with educational displays
  • Battlefield Trail with informative signs describing the battle
  • Loyalist Camp Trail along the Enoree River
  • Picnic space

398 State Park Rd, Clinton, SC

Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

Devil’s Fork State Park

Devil’s Fork State Park is an extremely popular state park. It features gorgeous views, a beach, hiking, and is a great place for boating, kayaking, canoeing and other water sports.

  • fishing
  • camping
  • vacation rentals
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • boat tours of Lake Jocassee from nearby tour companies
Devil’s Fork State Park

Which is your favorite South Carolina State Park in the upstate?

About the Author
Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned homeschool mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, who range from 4th grade through 9th grade. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond.

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