South Carolina: Made for Vacation.
Who We Are... Where You Fit In...

The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) is a cabinet agency assigned to operate and manage South Carolina’s 47 state parks, to market the state as a preferred vacation destination and to provide assistance to communities for parks, recreation and tourism development and promotion. The agency is perhaps most widely recognized for its leadership role in promoting and supporting South Carolina’s number one industry – tourism.


SCPRT’s vision to enhance the economic well-being and improve the quality of life of all South Carolinians guides its operations, and provides a benchmark for hundreds of employees to measure their day-to-day contributions. It also is the basis for South Carolina's new Tourism Action Plan, a statement that projects a bright future if proper investments are made in tourism.  Details about the agency’s activities can be found throughout this website.


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SC Department of Parks,
Recreation & Tourism

1205 Pendleton St
Columbia, SC 29201

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What's New

Hunger Takes No Vacation
Food Drive in State Parks invites people to help feed the hungry.

State Park Photo Contest Spring Season Winners Announced
Three South Carolinians win in the People, Wildlife and Landscape categories, auto-qualify for grand prize contest.

May 2015 News & Economic Indicators of Tourism in South Carolina
Celebrate Independence by visiting places where real fireworks helped shape the nation.

High Schoolers Win Film Competition
Contest sponsored by Film Office and Trident Tech recognizes nine students for exceptional films.

April 2015 News & Economic Indicators of Tourism in South Carolina
As Memorial Day & the official start of summer are near, we remember hospitality in its most perfect state.

March 2015 News & Economic Indicators of Tourism in South Carolina
The State Parks edition shows how SCPRT markets state parks for more visitation and tourism.

February 2015 News & Economic Indicators of Tourism in SC
All indicators show improvement year-to-date; plus welcome center re-opens & other news about SC tourism.

January 2015 News and Economic Indicators of Tourism in South Carolina
This month's e-newsletter shows rising economic indicators, outlines SCPRT's vision for tourism in 2015 and offers news.

$13.8 Million Invested in new Myrtle Beach Sports Center
Will be a tournament facility for basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, wrestling and other youth sports.

December 2014 News & Economic Indicators of Tourism in South Carolina
Banner year sets stage for a bright future; economic indicators are up; parks offering First Day Hikes.