Chester State Park will offer new camping experience thanks to Lutz Foundation grant

March 15, 2021

Chester, S.C. – With the help of $50,000 grant from the Lutz Foundation, a new camper cabin will soon be available to reserve at Chester State Park.

The Chester State Park camper cabin will sleep four and feature two rooms with beds, a front porch, a grill, a covered picnic table, heating and air conditioning, and electrical outlets. Reservations for the camper cabin are expected to be available on the South Carolina State Parks website in late summer 2021.

Camper cabins have become a popular option for campers seeking an adventure with modern conveniences and rustic flare. Simply pack your bed linens, cooking gear, lantern, groceries and cooler, and you’re ready for a weekend escape.

“Support from the Lutz Foundation over the years has allowed us to transform visitor experience at Chester State Park,” said Park Manager Travis Sellers. “This new camper cabin will attract visitors looking for an outdoor getaway without the hassle of setting up a tent.” 

The new camper cabin is the seventh project at Chester State Park supported by the Lutz Foundation. The other park enhancements made possible through grants from the Lutz Foundation include:

  • Lakeview Hall renovations – a community building perfect for weddings, meetings or family reunions
  • The outdoor living waterfront patio and pier near the campground
  • New playground equipment
  • 27 holes of disc golf
  • Upgrades to the campground
  • An expansive 472-foot boardwalk and pier that provides access to 170 acres of previously unused park property across the lake
  • A canoe and kayak launch

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). It was voted “Most Improved” in the 2020 “Best of SC State Parks” social media campaign. In addition to the list above, other features of the 523-acre park include:

  • A boathouse that sits over the lake where you can fish and rent boats
  • 160-acre lake for boating and fishing
  • Three picnic shelters that are available for rent and located near the lake
  • The 1.3-mile Caney Fork Creek Nature Trail that follows along the shore of the lake
  • 25 campsites with 50 amp service for RVs or tent camping

Find a cozy spot in the outdoor living area to watch the sun set over the lake, fish off the bridge, rent a jon boat, or hike to the CCC spillway in this serene setting. There is something for everyone in this park conveniently located midway between Columbia and Charlotte.


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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