Becoming South Carolina’s Ultimate Outsider

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Jason Barnette
Posted on
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 Ultimate Outsider to see who visits all 47 state parks.

This is my story about becoming South Carolina’s Ultimate Outsider.


What is the Ultimate Outsider?

The 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 Park book. In other words it is someone who really loves exploring history, recreation, and scenic beauty in the state parks.

The stamps are usually located at the Visitor Center, but some of the smaller parks and historic sites don’t have one. At those parks the stamp is usually located at a kiosk near the main parking area.

Each park in the state has one or two pages in the guide book filled with information about location, things to see and do, accommodations and facilities, and a small square box for the Ultimate Outsider stamp.

After visiting all 47 state parks and collecting a stamp in the book for each the visitor finds a ranger at the last park to verify the book. People who become South Carolina’s Ultimate Outsider receive a special commemorative t-shirt and the thrill of knowing they accomplished something wonderful

List of South Carolina State Parks

Here is a list of the 47 sites in the South Carolina State Park system.

  • 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 Site
  • 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 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

Did you know there is a castle to explore at Huntington Beach State Park? Or a lighthouse to climb at Hunting Island State Park? A stunning scenic overlook at Caesars Head State Park? Wondering about the best place to camp?

Whenever I visit a state park and collect my Ultimate Outsider stamp I will write about my experiences at that park. Here you will find the posts, in order from most recent, packed with information to help you figure out what to in South Carolina’s state parks.

You can follow the adventure on Facebook or use the #BecomingUltimateOutsider hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.