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RV Camping and Campgrounds In South Carolina

When it comes to RV camping, South Carolina offers the RVer just about every type of camping opportunity imaginable. US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has several water containment projects great for RV camping. Two national forests feature dispersed camping and rustic RV campsites, private RV parks are located just about everywhere, and state and national parks offer even more camping opportunites. From seashore camping to remote mountain campsites, South Carolina has great RV camping destinations.

South Carolina Private RV Parks and Campgrounds

Private RV Parks - Research tool for finding the best private RV parks and campgrounds in South Carolina.

Federal RV Camping Information

  • National Park Service - NPS information about National Parks and other NPS administered lands in South Carolina. Great RV camping destinations.
  • US Forest Service - USFS information about dispersed camping (boondocking) and developed campgrounds at the USDA National Forests in South Carolina.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers - USACE/COE information about Corps managed lakes and campgrounds in South Carolina.

State RV Camping Information

  • State Parks - RV camping is available throughout South Carolina's beautiful state park system.
  • State Forests - The SC Forestry Commission has camping available in the Sand Hills State Forest and Wildlife Management Area.
  • Official State Tourism Website - Where to go, and what to do in South Carolina. Includes RV camping suggestions.

Campground Reservations

Camping Reservations - Make your campground reservation in advance and your campsite will be waiting for you when you arrive.

South Carolina RV Dump Stations

Public RV Camping and Campgrounds

The following are only a few examples of the great public RV camping locations available in South Carolina.


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The Nantahala National Forest offers numerous recreation opportunities along the Kings Mountain State Park. Reservable RV camping is available. The campground offers 115 water and electric hookup campsites suitable for any size RV .

CALHOUN Calhoun RV Camping 

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RV camping is available at the Richard B Russell Dam and Lake managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Calhoun Falls State Park is part of this USACE water containment project.

CHARLESTON Charleston RV Camping 


RV camping is available at Buck Hall Recreation Area managed by the US Forest Service. Reserved and first come first serve campsites suitable for tents and RVs of all sizes.

GADSDEN Gadsden RV Camping 

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Rustic camping for vehicles with tents is available at Congaree National Park. There is an 8 site primitve campground with chemical toilets, fire rings with grills, and picnic tables. Free camping permit is required and available at visitor center.

PATRICK Patrick RV Camping 

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The Sand Hills State Forest offers family, horse, and RV camping opportunities in a rustic setting. Bird watching, shady seclusion, rustic picnic shelters, a fishing lake and nature trail are just some of the activities.

County Park Campgrounds

Several counties in South Carolina offer RV camping. County resident campers are often charged a lower camping fee than non residents. To find these campgrounds, try and Internet search using the term - county park campground sc. A great example of the RV camping opportunities available is James Island County Park near Charleston. This county park campground has full hookup and primitive sites available for any size RV.

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Federal Public Land
RV Camping Information

USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.

NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.

USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.

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Free RV Parking Ideas

Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in South Carolina. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.

Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.

  • Truck Stops - Asking permission is usually not a requirement Be considerate of the big rigs!
  • Walmart - Not all stores allow overnight RV parking in South Carolina due to city ordinances. Check store for policy.
  • Nightclubs - Had one too many or just pretending?
  • Grain Elevators - Ask where you can park your RV out of the way for the night.
  • Fraternal Organizations - VFW, Elks etc. may allow members free overnight RV camping.
  • Cemetery - Sounds creepy to us, but we've also heard they may have water available.
  • Fairgrounds - State and County facilities may allow RV camping when not otherwise in use.
  • Parks - City, County, State, and Community parks often have free RV camping.
  • Churches - You can almost make "reservations" by calling ahead for permission.
  • Hotel Parking Lots - Assuming a nightclub/bar is inside, had one too many or just pretending?
  • Truck Terminals - Parking areas for large trucks might allow you free RV camping permission.
  • RV Dealers - Pretty brave to us, but you could fit right in.
  • Cracker Barrel - These nationwide restaurants usually allow free overnight RV parking.
  • Movie Theaters - Too tired to drive home after the late show?
  • Highway Rest Areas - All rest areas allow a few hours of free RV parking, but noisy.
  • Drive In Movies - Got a small RV, park in the back row and enjoy the show. Fell asleep by accident right?
  • Vehicle Repair Shops - Need to see the repairman first thing in the morning?
  • Big Box Retailers - Kmart, Best Buy, Sams Club often allow free RV camping.
  • Roadside Parks & Picnic Areas - The early day version of the rest area.

As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in South Carolina. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.