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Places to Camp near Columbia, SC

330 Reviews

Join the fun near Columbia. With tons of outdoor activities and scenic camping, this is an excellent vacation spot for all kinds of travelers. There are tons of hikes and other fun activities to partake in, as well as sights to see and explore. You're sure to find the perfect campground for your Columbia camping trip.

Best Camping Sites Near Columbia, SC (59)

  1. Camper-submitted photo from Sesquicentennial State Park Campground

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    Sesquicentennial State Park Campground

    28 Reviews
    75 Photos
    109 Saves
    State Park, South Carolina

    Camping Information: Each site is packed sand and has individual water and 30 amp electrical hookups. 17 sites accommodate RV's up to 35 feet, others up to 30 feet. 14 sites are pull through. The campground is convenient to restroom facilities with hot showers.

    Nine sites are newly-improved. Amenities include: a large, level parking area, a campfire ring with grill and a lantern hook.

    Four sites are equipped with tent pads. These pads provide a sand surface and can accommodate tents up to 10 x 10 ft.

    Loop 1 is closed seasonally. Loop 2 is open year round.

    Primitive Group Area: A primitive group camping area is ideal for organized groups up to 50 people. (An organized group is defined as a group that holds regular meetings and has a lead officer or elected/appointed officials.) Central water is available. Walking distant to restrooms. Showers not available.

    Reservations are accepted. To make a primitive group camping reservation, contact the park directly. Minimum rate is $11-13.50 which allows up to 10 campers. The rate increases by $5-6.25 increments for each additional five campers up to a total of fifty campers.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  2. Camper-submitted photo from Dreher Island State Park Campground

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    Dreher Island State Park Campground

    43 Reviews
    214 Photos
    272 Saves
    Chapin, South Carolina
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
  3. Camper-submitted photo from Longleaf Campground — Congaree National Park

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    Longleaf Campground — Congaree National Park

    27 Reviews
    93 Photos
    178 Saves
    Gadsden, South Carolina

    Overview

    Longleaf and Bluff campgrounds are located above the floodplain in the upland region of Congaree National Park. Many of the park trails can be accessed from the campgrounds.

    Recreation

    At this time, the park's front & backcountry areas are open, including all hiking trails, Boardwalk Trail, restrooms, picnic shelter, Cedar Creek Canoe Trail & canoe landings. The western leg the Weston Lake Loop Trail remains closed. An outdoor visitor contact station is open from 9:00 to 1:00 daily, and maps and information are available outside of the Visitor Center 24/7. Please check out website for updates, as well as current conditions at the park.

    Congaree National Park offers a wide range of opportunities to explore and experience the great outdoors. Many miles of hiking trails can be found in the park ranging from easy to moderately strenuous. Old growth forests, teeming with wildlife can be accessed by park trails or by exploring the many miles of waterways in a canoe or kayak. Interpretive programs including guided hikes, canoe tours and special ranger-led programs are offered throughout the year.

    Facilities

    At this time, all sites at the Bluff Campground and select individual and group sites are available at the Longleaf Campground. Those wishing to camp at the park and who are prepared for primitive camping in the Congaree Wilderness can learn more about this type of camping and how to obtain a permit on the Backcountry Camping page on our official website.

    The campgrounds accommodate tents only and are primitive with no electrical hookups or access for RVs. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided. Water is not available at either location. Water is available 24 hours a day at filling stations located at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center

    Longleaf Campground has two vault toilets located at the entrance of the campground.

    Bluff Campground is a one mile hike from the registration station and does not have have restroom facilities.

    Natural Features

    The campgrounds are located in a spectacular wooded setting, nestled in the upland pine forests of Congaree National Park.

    Nearby Attractions

    Congaree National Park is located near many attractions including state parks, forests and parks. The city of Columbia is a short drive from the park and offers access to many attractions including museums, city parks and shopping.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents

    $5 - $20 / night

  4. Camper-submitted photo from Poinsett State Park Campground

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    Poinsett State Park Campground

    38 Reviews
    115 Photos
    72 Saves
    Wedgefield, South Carolina

    In the High Hills of Santee, where the South Carolina Sandhills of the Midlands region meet the coastal plain region, you’ll find Poinsett State Park. Called the "mountains of the midlands," this mixed ecosystem yields a high degree of biodiversity and some of the most unique natural sightings in the park system, especially along the Palmetto trail which winds through the Manchester State Forest.

    The High Hills of Santee are dotted with the hiking and biking trails that wind through the park–some of which connect to the Palmetto Trail that leads hikers through the Manchester State Forest. Poinsett’s 10-acre lake makes for a serene setting, and can be used for fishing and johnboat rentals. The park also offers campsites, a fishing pond, a coquina bathhouse built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, pre-revolutionary grist mill ruins and rustic cabins.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  5. Camper-submitted photo from Cypress View Campground — Santee State Park
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  7. Camper-submitted photo from Weston Lake Recreation Area

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    Weston Lake Recreation Area

    6 Reviews
    26 Photos
    20 Saves
    Columbia, South Carolina
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $33 - $35 / night

  8. Camper-submitted photo from Big Rig Friendly RV Resort

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    Big Rig Friendly RV Resort

    3 Reviews
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    6 Saves
    Cayce, South Carolina

    Columbia’s finest and most convenient RV Resort. Located only 3 miles from I-26, I-77 minutes from I-20, Downtown Columbia, the University of South Carolina and Lake Murray. Full hookups, full amenities, and large pull-thru sites. Open all year. Shaded sites with large yards.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  9. Camper-submitted photo from Broad River Campgound

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    Broad River Campgound

    4 Reviews
    21 Photos
    23 Saves
    Chapin, South Carolina

    Broad River Campground and RV Park is conveniently located 20 minutes from downtown Columbia and 15 miles from Interstate 20 & 26. We are Exit #85 off Interstate 26, located next to Lake Monticello and only minutes from Lake Murray. We offer full hookups, 30 & 50 amp, for every size RV. Not to mention open spaces for that magnificent view.

    Broad River Campground and RV Park is located just 6 miles south of Plant V.C. Summer on HWY 215. Our location gives it all to you with a very short drive to and from work. We are conveniently located 6 miles from V.C. Summer and only 20 minutes from Columbia, Irmo and Chapin. If you want the best, come see us at Broad River Campground and RV Park! We are South Carolina’s favorite RV park and campground with a southern charm.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  10. Camper-submitted photo from Santee Lakes KOA

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    Santee Lakes KOA

    26 Reviews
    59 Photos
    114 Saves
    Santee, South Carolina
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

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