State officials and community members celebrate new lakefront camper cabin at Chester State Park

August 20, 2021

Chester, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism (SCPRT) hosted a ribbon cutting event for the new lakefront camper cabin at Chester State Park on Friday, August 20. The project was made possible thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Lutz Foundation. 

Camper cabins are a newer lodging option in South Carolina State Parks that are designed to provide a rustic experience with modern conveniences. The camper cabin at Chester State Park is the largest in the South Carolina State Parks system so far. It is ADA accessible with two rooms, heating, air conditioning, a microwave, a refrigerator and a coffee maker. 

“The tagline for South Carolina State Parks is ‘Come out and play,’ and this camper cabin encourages visitors to do just that,” said Duane Parrish, SCPRT Director. “From the covered front porch with the best view of the park lake, to the inviting Adirondack rocker by the firepit, the camper cabin provides a comfortable place for overnight visitors to relax and reconnect to the natural beauty of Chester State Park.” 

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 seventh project at Chester State Park made possible through the support of the Lutz Foundation. 

“The natural beauty of South Carolina is truly highlighted throughout Chester State Park, and SCPRT does an outstanding job making it a valuable asset to Chester and the surrounding region,” said Rep. Ralph Norman. “I’m grateful for the Lutz Foundation’s generous support, which is what made this endeavor possible. The work they’ve done throughout the Chester community is truly remarkable, and I know this cabin will be enjoyed by visitors for decades to come.” 

Visitors can reserve a stay at the 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 paddle board 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.

For more information, contact Sam Queen at sam@scprt.com or 803-767-3568. 

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