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Chester State Park Lake in South Carolina

Trip Overview

Chester State Park is about a mile south of the town of Chester, SC. It's halfway between Columbia, SC & Charlotte, NC.

The Park Ranger was great about telling us how to get about the lake, and things to look for. We saw several blue herons, and think we saw a glimpse of a bald eagle. The Ranger said there had been a pair hanging around every spring for the past 3 years.

The lake is 160 acres and wraps around the parks' campground, picnic shelters, & playgrounds. The Park Ranger said they are building a huge disc golf course in the park soon too. We're coming back to go camping and make a whole weekend trip soon.


160 acre lake, jon-boat rentals, boat ramp, 3 picnic shelters, 3 public bathrooms, playgrounds, campgrounds


$2 per adult admission to the park


Take Exit 65 off I77 towards the town of Chester on hwy 9 about 9 miles. Once you get to town, turn left on the by-pass and go another 5 or so miles. Turn left on hwy 72, and the park is about a mile down on your left. There are signs everywhere you need to turn.


SC State Park Service



  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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