A second lakefront camper cabin is ready to open at Chester State Park

July 28, 2022

Chester, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) will host a ribbon cutting event for a second lakefront camper cabin at Chester State Park on Wednesday, August 3. The project was made possible thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Lutz Foundation.

“We are so grateful to the Lutz Foundation for their continued – and transformational – investments in Chester State Park,” said Duane Parrish, SCPRT Director. “It is a favorite weekend getaway for locals and visitors alike, which is why having a second camper cabin available is a tremendous asset to the park. When the first camper cabin opened at the end of last summer, we started receiving booking requests immediately. It’s been a very successful addition to an already popular campground area, and you really can’t beat the lakefront view.”

Camper cabins are a newer lodging option in South Carolina State Parks that are designed to provide a rustic experience with modern conveniences. The new camper cabin features two rooms, heating, air conditioning, a microwave, a refrigerator, and a coffee maker.

The Lutz Foundation is a local organization established in memory of Herbert and Anna Lutz. The foundation helps fund community needs in education, health, welfare, and community programs. The camper cabin is the eighth project at Chester State Park made possible through the support of the Lutz Foundation.

In the coming weeks, visitors will have access to reserve a stay at the second Chester camper cabin online at reserve.southcarolinaparks.com. Simply pack your bedding, cooking gear, lantern, groceries, and cooler, and you’re ready for a tranquil escape. State parks in Colleton, Dreher Island, Lake Hartwell, and Little Pee Dee also offer this lodging option.

Conveniently located between Columbia and Charlotte, Chester State Park opened in the 1930s and is one of the original 16 South Carolina State Parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Fish in the 160-acre park lake; rent a Jon boat, canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or pedal boat; host your next event or meeting in Lakeview Hall; enjoy 27-holes of disc golf; hike the 1.3-mile nature trail; or camp at one of the 25 campsites with 50-amp service for RVs or tents. There’s something for everyone at Chester State Park.


Pictured above: Chester State Park’s first lakefront camper cabin opened in August 2021. Both camper cabins were built thanks to the generous support of the Lutz Foundation.

Need more information?   Sam Queen
Director of Corporate Communications
SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism
1205 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
| 803-734-1779
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