South Carolina may be best known for subtropical beaches and sea islands, but there are lots of incredible natural sites to explore further inland, from expansive rivers and lakes to organic farms and pine forests – all of which offer opportunities for world-class camping. If you’re planning a trip to explore some of the lesser-known sites in the Palmetto State, here’s our pick of the top places to camp, and our recommendation on where to pitch your tent.
Lancaster, known as the Red Rose City, was established in the mid-1700s by settlers from the House of Lancaster in England, whose symbol is the red rose. Today, it’s a thriving city with plenty of historic sites to explore. The Lancaster Reservoir is a popular fishing destination, offering largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and catfish; while the Lindsay Pettus Greenway offers a 2mi (3km) trail for walking, running and biking, as well as regular events such as yoga in the park and nature crafts. Nearby, you’ll find the Big Pine Peninsula and Dockside Bluff campsites, which are set on an idyllic property with a pretty duck pond at its heart.