By Alli Hill
With the Palmetto State’s geography of magnificent lakes, mountains, beaches, and forests, there are plenty of scenic campgrounds to experience. The family-oriented campgrounds across the state offer a variety of campsites, and activities ranging from swimming, to fishing, to mini golf. The kids won’t be bored for a moment at these five awesome campgrounds in South Carolina!
Settled on 43 acres of beautiful nature, you can expect to see some familiar faces at River Bottom Farms. This site pays homage to cartoon characters Yogi Bear and Boo Boo in a Jellystone Park-style setting. They accommodate tents and RVs, and rent furnished cabins for the “non campers.” Rest assured there will never be a boring day of camping here: the grounds are teeming with activities for all ages, like stocked fishing ponds, swimming pool, nature trails, horseshoes, playground, arcade, and jumping pillow, to name a few.
It’s resort-style camping at its finest. This sprawling campground can house even the largest RVs with ease. The campground offers several beachfront campsites, and all campsites are within walking distance to the ocean. Aside from the fun of sand and surf, visitors can enjoy on-site amenities like mini golf, pools, an impressive splash zone, and the Nature Center Discover Lab for kids of all ages. There’s also a cafe and snack bar within the campground, which means you can avoid the Myrtle Beach traffic and spend more time on family time.
You probably won’t find South Cove unless you’re looking for it. This campground is well off the beaten path, tucked away past a quiet neighborhood on the shores of Lake Keowee. Here you can hook up to a lakeview campsite on the island and enjoy beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the water. The facilities here are clean and well maintained, a much-appreciated bonus for families with young children. You’ve also got your pick of family-friendly activities, including mini golf, swimming, a playground, or trails for biking and walking.
This low-key family campground features plenty of “in-between” options for families of all sizes. It’s secluded from city noise, but no further than a few minutes’ drive to food, entertainment, and shopping. It’s woodsy, but still features modern conveniences. You can find a fishing pond on-site (free for guests), along with activities like horseshoes, basketball, volleyball, and a playground. Friendly for RVs or tent campers, Woodsmoke makes a prime location to get away from it all.
This beachside resort-style campground creates a whole new outlook on what camping can be. If you get tired of the beach, they have a slew of family-friendly activities, such as the pirate ship waterpark, lazy river, indoor pool, mini golf, paddle boat and kayak rentals, playgrounds, and picnic areas. They also keep a full group activities calendar for guests to enjoy during their stay.