South Carolina State Park Service

State parks preserve, protect and share some of the state's best examples of natural and cultural resources.

Stewardship and Service

The Park Service manages and protects more than 90,000 acres of South Carolina's natural and cultural resources, which range from deep mountain wilderness and old-growth forests to plantation homes, battlefields, waterfronts, and wetlands. The state park system includes 48 operational parks and six historic properties. The system also includes more than 1,500 separate buildings, 155 cabins, 80 motel rooms, 3,000 campsites, two 18-hole golf courses, two saltwater fishing piers, 42 ponds, 156 miles of paved roads, and more than 300 miles of hiking and riding trails.


To encourage people to discover South Carolina’s State Parks by providing resourced-based recreational and educational opportunities that emphasize the conservation, protection, and interpretation of the state’s natural and cultural resources.


1. To serve as responsible stewards of the diverse natural and cultural resources entrusted to the SC State Park Service.

2. To provide quality customer service.

3. To provide an aesthetically pleasing physical environment in parks through methods that complement the State Park Service’s mission of stewardship and service.

4. To manage the fiscal resources of the State Park Service in an efficient and responsible manner.

5. To maximize the effectiveness of the State Park Service's human resources.

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