Becoming a South Carolina Ultimate Outsider

Visit all 47 state parks and you become a South Carolina Ultimate Outsider. This is my story to visit all these parks.

Written by

Jason Barnette


January 20, 2019

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South Carolina loves the outdoors. From the Blue Ridge Escarpment at the Appalachian Mountains to the Grand Strand along the coast, the Palmetto State has a lot to offer outdoor enthusiasts. Want to know how I know? They have a program called the South Carolina Ultimate Outsider to see who visits all 47 state parks.

This is my story about becoming a South Carolina Ultimate Outsider and everything I found along the way.

South Carolina State Parks

South Carolina ultimate outsider

The South Carolina Ultimate Outsider is any person who visits all 47 state parks in the state and collects a stamp in The Official Guide to South Carolina State Parks book. The stamps are usually located at the visitor center, but in smaller parks they could be found at a kiosk. Once you have collected all the stamps you simply find a park ranger and reap the reward!

For me the reward is the entire experience. Hiking trails, scenic overlooks, waterfalls, cabins, there is just so much to love about South Carolina state parks. But I never allow myself to collect a stamp unless I achieve two goals: 1) spend at least an hour in the park and 2) finish at least one activity.

Once you become a South Carolina Ultimate Outsider you get a commemorative t-shirt, a swag bag full of goodies, and a shout out on social media with the park ranger who verified the completion of your book. What a wonderful way to celebrate visiting every state park in South Carolina!

South carolina state parks

There are 47 state parks and historic sites across South Carolina. This is the complete list of all sites. If enough interest is expressed (leave me a comment below) I will create a free downloadable PDF version of this checklist for your own use!

  • Aiken State Park
  • Andrew Jackson State Park
  • Baker Creek State Park
  • Barnwell State Park
  • Caesars Head State Park
  • Calhoun Falls State Park
  • Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
  • Cheraw State Park
  • Chester State Park
  • Colleton State Park
  • Colonial Dorchester State Historic State
  • Croft State Park
  • Devils Fork State Park
  • Dreher Island State Park
  • Edisto Beach State Park
  • Givhans Ferry State Park
  • Goodale State Park
  • H. Cooper Black Memorial Field
  • Hamilton Branch State Park
  • Hampton Plantation State Historic Site
  • Hickory Knob State Resort Park
  • Hunting Island State Park
  • Huntington Beach State Park
  • Jones Gap State Park
  • Keowee-Toxaway State Park
  • Kings Mountain State Park
  • Lake Greenwood State Park
  • Lake Hartwell State Park
  • Lake Warren State Park
  • Lake Wateree State Park
  • Landsford Canal State Park
  • Lee State Park
  • Little Pee Dee State Park
  • Musgrove Mill State Historic Site
  • Myrtle Beach State Park
  • Oconee State Park
  • Oconee State Historic Site
  • Paris Mountain State Park
  • Poinsett State Park
  • Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site
  • Rivers Bridge State Historic Site
  • Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site
  • Sadlers Creek State Park
  • Santee State Park
  • Sesquicentennial State Park
  • Table Rock State Park
  • Woods Bay State Park

state parks I’ve visited

Parks So Far

Before I collect a stamp at a state park I have two goals I must achieve: 1) spend at least an hour in the park and 2) finish at least one activity. After achieving those two goals I will check the park off the list, collect my stamp in the book, and eventually write about my time in the park.

Here are the state parks I have visited so far listed in the order I visited them. I will add a link to a blog post after I have written about my adventure at that park. I still have a ways to go to become a South Carolina Ultimate Outsider? How far have you gotten?

SC State Park No. 21

Explore the museum to learn about President Andrew Jackson. Go hiking around the lake to enjoy the peacefulness of nature.

SC State Park No. 14

Learn when to visit Landsford Canal State Park to enjoy the spectacular rocky shoals spider lilies, go for a hike, or enjoy some kayaking.

SC State Park No. 13

Here are a few things to do with a day trip to this South Carolina state historic site in Summerville.

SC State Park No. 7

Charles Towne Landing State Park is located at the site of the original colony in the Carolinas and today features hiking/walking trails, a replica 17th-century sailing vessel, and a natural habitat zoo.

SC State Park No. 3

Did you know George Washington spent a night here after becoming the first president and saved an oak tree? This is what you’ll learn with a tour at this South Carolina state historic site.

SC State Park No. 1

Here are a few things to do at one of the most popular, beautiful, and exciting state parks in South Carolina.

adventures in south carolina state parks