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Chester State Park

Chester State Park

Chester State Park has been a haven for hiking, picnicking, boating and fishing for the surrounding communities in the South Carolina Piedmont ever since it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

Centrally located between Columbia and Charlotte, the park centers on a 160-acre lake, itself surrounded by a two-mile nature trail through the pine forest.

A community building, camping, archery range and johnboat rentals and an unusually serene, placid setting close to town are among this traditional state park’s attractions.


  • Admission: $2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free
  • Days and Hours of Operation: 9am-6pm, daily (extended to 9pm during Daylight Saving Time)
  • Office Hours: 11am-noon, daily


  • Driving Directions:
    From I-77: Take Hwy 97 or Hwy 9 to the town of Chester. The park is located on Hwy 72. 2 mi W. of town.
  • Lake Location: Yes
  • Counties: Chester
  • Acreage: 523
  • Miles to Nearest Hospital: 5
  • Miles to Nearest Town: 3
  • Miles to Nearest Grocery Store: 1


  • Charleston, SC: 165
  • Columbia, SC: 55
  • Florence, SC: 105
  • Greenville, SC: 79
  • Charlotte, NC: 50
  • Raleigh, NC: 188
  • Atlanta, GA: 218
  • Augusta, GA: 111


  • Are there Cabins or Villas at this Park?: There are no cabins or villas at this Park.
  • What kind of camping is available at this Park?: There are 25 sites with electric and water and a primitive camping area for group camping. Please click on the Camping menu item above to see detail information. To check availability and/or make a reservation, click the Park Reservations banner on the right of this page.
  • What are your overnight rates at this Park?: Rates vary depending on campsite amenities. General information is available on the Camping pages of this site. Please click on these menu items above for more information
  • Are there any Overnight sites available?: Please click on the Park Reservations banner on the right of this page to check availability and make your reservation.
  • What kind of activites are available at this Park?: Fishing, boating, picnicking, and trails are available. Please click on the Things To Do menu item above for more details.
  • If you cannot find it on this website: We try to provide you with as much information as possible on this website to assist you in selecting your favorite State Park and book your reservation on-line. However, if you can't locate the information you are looking for on this site, please feel free to email the park at We will respond to your email as soon as possible.

Contact Information

759 State Park DR
Chester,SC 29706
Phone: (803) 385-2680
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