Most South Carolinians know how good we have it when it comes to our state parks. In fact, most of us would be hard-pressed to pick just one as a favorite. On the coast, there’s the state’s most visited state park, Hunting Island, with its gorgeous sandy beaches, campground, and historic lighthouse. In the midlands, Dreher Island is found on a finger extending well into beautiful Lake Murray. And in the mountains, well… we absolutely love Table Rock, Devils Fork, and Jones Gap State Parks. See?? Impossible to narrow it down to one, right?

Travel & Leisure didn’t give many details as to why it chose Jones Gap State Park as the best in South Carolina, but with so much natural beauty found here, we’re totally on board with the spotlight on this wonderful park. It deserves to be in the top-ranked parks in the state – even in the South!

Another thing that makes Jones Gap so in demand is the fact that park admission is limited daily. Whether the park is requiring advance reservations for admission or accepting drive-up visitors, there is a limit to the number of people who can visit each day and that limit directly correlates to the number of cars that will fit into the tiny parking lot. Once the lot is full, state park employees will turn you away and direct you to another nearby state park. (Luckily there are MANY wonderful state parks that are nearby!)

Presently, the park is allowing admission only to those who make a reservation at least 48 hours in advance. Reservations are accepted up to 13 months ahead of your travel date. You can make a reservation for park admission at Jones Gap right here. Learn more about the park here, including updated park hours and admission rates. And by all means, make this the year you go check out all of the hoopla surrounding this hidden gem in South Carolina!

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