Go Camping! Here Are Places to Sleep Under The Stars In and Around Spartanburg, SC

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Ready to enjoy some camping in Spartanburg? With all of the natural beauty surrounding us in the Upstate, the best way to enjoy it is by immersing yourself. We have a guide to all the places you’ll want to check out when looking for a place to camp near Spartanburg.

Whether the scenery you’re looking for includes mountains, rivers, or lakes – we have it all right here.

*During the pandemic, visitors centers at these parks require the use of face masks and other saftey precautions

Places To Camp In the Spartanburg Area

Croft State Park

450 Croft State Park Road, Spartanburg
Located in Spartanburg County, this 7,000+ acre state park will make you forget the city. Once an Army base, this park is now peaceful and quiet. This park has lots of activities to choose from. You can rent a fishing boat at the wardens’ office for a leisurely paddle or fishing. The park has an incredible 20 miles of hiking and biking trails. The park is known for its great equestrian facilities, plus more than 20 miles of equestrian trails.

This park has tent campsites with electricity and water, RV sites, and primitive campsites.

Read a mom’s review of Croft State Park

Kings Mountain State Park

1277 Park Road, Blacksburg
Located just north of Spartanburg on I-85, this nearly 7,000-acre state park can be seen from the interstate. The park is part of something called the Ridgeline Trail, which connects three parks and two states. The adjacent Kings Mountain National Military Park and Crowders Mountain State Park are all connected by this 16-mile hiking trail loop. In the fall, visitors can enjoy living history demonstrations on the park’s replica 1800’s farm.

This park has tent campsites with electricity and water, trailside campsites with water, and primitive campsites.

Read a mom’s review of King’s Mountain State Park

Andrew Jackson State Park

196 Andrew Jackson State Park Road, Lancaster
This 360-acre park is located just south of Charlotte. A living history program, museum, and regularly scheduled community events make this one of South Carolina’s  popular state parks.

This park has tent campsites with electricity and water, RV sites, and primitive campsites.

Spartanburg NE/Gaffney KOA

160 Sarratt School Road, Gaffney
This location offers tent sites with water and electricity, RV sites, cabins, and Lodge accommodations.

Chester State Park

759 State Park Drive, Chester
At just about an hour and a half from Spartanburg, this park is a hidden gem. Aside from all of the activities one would expect from a state park, this location also offers a nine-hole disc golf course.

This park has tent sites with water and electricity, RV sites, and primitive campsites for groups.

For details about more campsites in and around Greenville, check out our sister site’s Guide to Camping Near Greenville.

Places To Camp Just Over The State Line In North Carolina

South Mountains State Park

3001 South Mountain Park Avenue, Connelly Springs NC
The park has a waterfall, trout fishing, 40 miles of hiking trails, and more. It also includes a visitor center with museum-quality exhibits.

This park offers 18 drive-up camping sites and two dozen backpacking sites.

Hickory Nut Falls Family Campsite

639 Main Street, Chimney Rock NC
This locally-owned campsite offers tent camping with utilities, RV sites, and a single cabin unit.

Crowders Mountain State Park

522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain NC
Located just over the state line and adjacent to Kings Mountain State Park, this land has seen a lot of history. Originally grazing land for elk and buffalo, the mountain was spared being turned into a mine by conservationists in 1973. In addition to hikes along the Ridgeline Trail, the park offers paddling, fishing, rock climbing, and bouldering.

This park has tent campsites with electricity and water, family size (2 pad) sites, and primitive campsites.

Places To Camp in The Piedmont Region of South Carolina

Sesquicentennial State Park

9564 Two Notch Road, Columbia
Just outside of  Columbia, this 1,400-acre park boasts the only splash pad in the state park system. The park has a 30-acre lake and a six-mile biking trail loop.

This park has tent sites with water and electricity and primitive campsites for groups.

Read a mom’s review of Sesquicentennial State Park

Congaree National Park

100 National Park Road, Hopkins
Host to an impressive light show in May, this park is home to the synchronous firefly. These insects draw huge crowds during those few weeks. During the other 11 months of the year, there is still much to be seen by foot, canoe, or kayak in this 20,000-acre national park. Keep in mind this park is part of a flood plain that includes the Congaree River, so keeping an eye on the weather while planning to visit is important.

This park has primitive backcountry camping and campsites without running water or electricity.

Read a mom’s review of Congaree National Park

Where is your family’s favorite place to camp near the Upstate?

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom to two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures! She enjoys sharing her finds with friends and loves even more that she can share them with Kidding Around readers! She can be found on Instagram @figuringthisoutdotcom
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