Are the great outdoors calling your name? Answer with a trip to Columbia SC. With miles of hiking trails and cool, welcoming waters just minutes from urban amenities, this city is ready for you. And at the end of the day, lay your head at one of these campsites.

Lakeside Relaxation

If your ideal vacation includes kayaking, water skiing and fishing, then pitch your tent at Dreher Island State Park. With over 100 campsites, a playground for the kiddos and boat ramps for easy access to the water, this spot is a campers dream come true. 

Boardwalk Escape 

Spend the night in South Carolina’s only national park. Though this Congaree National Park is only about 30 minutes away from downtown, you’ll easily be able to escape the hustle and bustle. Hike through the largest intact tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the U.S. After a day of exploring the boardwalk and other trails, enjoy the free camping.

Family Fun

Load the car or RV up with the kids and your four-legged best friend and head over to Sesquicentennial State Park (known simply as Sesqui to locals). With easy access to water and bathrooms, this spot is perfect for families. Kids will love cooling off in the splash pad and older folks can enjoy the 6-mile bike trail.