Interview with the Director of South Carolina State Parks

Mary Gormandy White
Phil Gaines, SC State Park Service Director, looking over Table Rock Mountain

If you're looking for a beautiful place to enjoy a camping adventure, one of the South Carolina State Parks just might be the ideal destination for you to choose. Phil Gaines, director of the South Carolina State Park Service shares details about what campers can expect to find at many of the parks in the state's extensive system. Whether you prefer the scenic beauty of the 3,330 foot peak of Table Rock Mountain (pictured to the right) or if you want to enjoy the rich history of Charles Towne landing, or even if you are a water enthusiast, you're sure to find the ideal vacation getaway in the South Carolina State Park System.

About South Carolina State Parks

What makes the SC State Parks a great choice for camping enthusiasts looking for a getaway?

State parks are affordable, and most importantly a great place to create and make memories that last a lifetime. Often these new memories remind us of memories of our childhood.

What types of accommodations are available in the state parks located in South Carolina?

There are accommodations no matter what you are looking for, from a backcountry campsite that you hike into, to campsites with full hookups, and cabins and villas with all the comforts of home.

What do campers need to know about making reservations to stay in an SC State Park?

Visit our Web site at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com to learn more and make plans ahead of time, especially for busy weekends. Reservations are made on an 11 month rolling window. In other words, we are taking reservations 11 months in advance, year round.

Choosing Among SC Parks

What suggestions do you have for people who enjoy camping and who are trying to decide if a visit to a SC State Park is one they will enjoy?

Pick your favorite characteristic of our state. We are blessed with great diversity, the mountains, the lakes and the coast. Visit our web site and do some window shopping.

What are the best options for campers who also enjoy water activities?

Try one of our parks on one of South Carolina's major reservoirs. Visit our Web site to learn more. We also have four oceanfront parks.

Are there opportunities for golfing enthusiasts to engage in their favorite hobby while camping in a park in SC?

Two championship courses await you at Hickory Knob and Cheraw, both with campgrounds and cabins that let you start early and play late.

What SC parks are the best choices for campers who want to enjoy traditional outdoor activities?

While all our parks are great, try some of our more traditional parks, Table Rock, Oconee, Paris Mountain, Croft and Kings Mountain, to name a few in the Upstate, while Edisto Beach, Huntington Beach, Myrtle Beach and Hunting Island are great choices along the coast. Don't forget some of the smaller, less-used parks that have great opportunities like Givhans Ferry, Chester, and Little Pee Dee. Oh, and in the Midlands there's Sesqui.... Well you get the idea; there's a state park ready for your next camping trip, all across the state.


LoveToKnow Camping would like to thank Phil Gaines for taking time out of his busy schedule to share his expertise about the numerous state park options in South Carolina with readers and wishes him continued success in his future endeavors.

Interview with the Director of South Carolina State Parks