Dreher Island State Park, Prosperity

#29 of 74 in Nature in South Carolina
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Dreher Island State Park is in central South Carolina roughly 30 miles (48 km) from the state's capital of Columbia. It occupies all of the largest island in 50000acre Lake Murray, a reservoir of the Saluda River.
The park offers boating, hiking, camping, fishing for largemouth bass and other fish, picnic areas and spaces for large group meetings. The park also contains several lodging options, including villas and cabins
It was first leased from SCE&G (now SCANA) in 1970, who built the Dreher Shoals Dam, creating Lake Murray. Today it is a largely heavily-wooded island with the only access being a bridge on its Northern side.
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  • We stayed in a camper cabin for 3 nights and loved it! It was a huge step up from tent camping like we normally do. The camper cabins have lights, heat and a/c, multiple electrical outlets (though...  more »
  • We loved this park! The island aspect makes for many camping spots and other areas on or very close to the water. The lake is huge and is quite pretty. The large number of trees make each spot...  more »
  • Great spot on Lake Murray for fishermen. We didn't fish, but everyone else was. Views are incredible. Campsites are *very* tight. Florida tight. You'll get to know your neighbors whether you want to or not. Leave your giant campsite rug at home. Bathhouses were reasonably clean and air conditioned. About average for a SC park. Didn't have much staff interaction myself, but they seemed friendly. This is a very busy campground. Considering how many people they run through there, they do a decent job.
  • This is a nice park for a variety of activities. There is obviously a lot of water around, so we saw people using kayaks,jetski, fishing, etc. The website says swimming is allowed but at your own risk. It was too chilly to swim the day we went anyway. The cabins available for camping also looked nice, and there were quite a few picnic shelters. We only saw one of the playgrounds and it was older, but the kids had fun. We came here with 3 smaller children, ages 4, 5, and 8, and did the Little Gap Trail. They are somewhat experienced hikers so the 2.1 mile hike was a good distance for them. The trail was well marked, clear, and we found lots of fun places and things to stop and explore along the way. My only complaint was that all of the bathrooms were locked, except for the one at the visitor center. This visit happened on a Sunday in October, so perhaps they are open for a busier season or day, or if someone is staying at the cabins near them. But it was a slight inconvenience for us. Altogether a beautiful park.

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