No matter what time of year it is, camping in South Carolina is a true treat. What’s not to love? You can spend the entire day enjoying the great outdoors and then light up a campfire and watch the sun go down. It’s an activity that lends itself to all levels of camping, from glamping in a six-figure RV to a rustic cabin and even to backcountry camping in sites accessible only by way of a little hike. Following are five fantastic places to find back country, very primitive campsites (and, surprise… not all of them require a hike). Check ’em out… would you ever go to this extreme for some primitive camping?

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Bear in mind that while the occasional primitive camping area has vault or pit toilets, most offer nothing of the sort. Rustic, primitive camping is quite different than visiting a campground filled with amenities. Be sure to check out all of the information for these and other primitive campsites before embarking on your own rustic camping adventure.

Prefer a more traditional camping experience? Check out these places in South Carolina where you can camp on the beach. Also, take a peek at the most beautiful campground in South Carolina!

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  1. Where can I go primitive camping in South Carolina? 

Most campgrounds in South Carolina are going to have some primitive – or non-electric – sites available. Some are first-come/first-serve, while others require a reservation. Some of the best places for primitive camping in South Carolina are ones like:  

  • Fell Hunt Campground – This one is perfect for those who prefer a smaller, more intimate experience. With just 52 campsites on 14 acres, this is great for peace and quiet.  
  • Halfway Creek Campground – Hit the Palmetto Trail and access this primitive site with no drinking water or facilities – so be sure to bring your own.  
  • Top of Brasstown Falls – Seriously! There is one primitive campsite located at the top of Brasstown Falls. It is every bit as awesome as it sounds.  

Learn more about each of these awesome places for primitive camping in South Carolina.    

  1. Where is dispersed camping in South Carolina permitted? 

Here in beautiful South Carolina, dispersed camping is free and legal in many places. Many of its state parks are open to dispersed camping and/or boondocking (car camping). Some of the most notable places for dispersed camping in South Carolina include:  

  • Capers Island – This spot near Whitehall Terrace is beautiful AND relaxing. Perfect.  
  • County Parks – South Cove County Park, Chau Ram County Park, High Falls County Park, and many others permit dispersed camping.  
  • Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area – Again, this one is almost too cool to be true!  

Learn more about camping at Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area.  

  1. What are some awesome places to go camping in South Carolina?

Naturally, the above-mentioned places are nowhere near exclusive; there are so many great places to go camping in SC that we can’t even TRY to mention them all. Other noteworthy camping spots in South Carolina include (but are obviously not limited to):  

  • Lake Jocassee – With stunning lake views and even some waterfalls, what’s not to love?  
  • Ocean Lakes Campground – Camp right alongside the ocean at this amazing private campground.  
  • Willow Tree RV Resort and Campground – Another privately-owned but definitely-worth-it place to rest your head.  

Learn more about camping at Willow Tree RV Resort and Campground

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