South Carolina State Parks: How to Get Your Park Passport

South Carolina State Parks:

With South Carolina State Parks, there are a lot of  admission options. If you can’t afford the $99 Park Passport Plus, don’t panic. There are many cheaper options that can help you save money at South Carolina State Parks all year long.

South Carolina State Parks

Typical state parks passes are too expensive for most low income South Carolina residents. Even without the Passport Plus enhancement, a typical statewide park pass is $75!

All Park Passport

The All Park Passport is $99 and provides unlimited entry to all South Carolina state parks for everyone in the pass holder’s vehicle.  The hangtag pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase and can be transferred from one vehicle to another. Purchase your park passport online or by visiting a South Carolina state park office.

The All Park Passport also comes with the following value-added benefits:

  • Admission to regularly scheduled historic home tours at Redcliffe, Rose Hill and Hampton plantations (maximum four people per visit)
  • Free admission to the historic lighthouse at Hunting Island State Park (maximum four people per visit)
  • Also free admission to the historic Atalaya castle at Huntington Beach State Park (maximum four people per visit)
  • Free weekend admission to the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival held every September at Huntington Beach State Park (maximum four people)

Purchase your ALL Park Passport online.

Please note:  While park passports are good for entry to our parks, they do not guarantee entry to our parks if they are full.

Select Park Passport  

The SELECT Park Passport is $75 and provides unlimited entry for everyone in the vehicle to 35 South Carolina State Parks. No other benefits are included with the SELECT Park Passport.

The hangtag pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase and can be transferred from one vehicle to another. Purchase your park passport online or by visiting a South Carolina state park office.

Parks NOT included with the SELECT Park Passport are:

  • Hunting Island State Park
  • Huntington Beach State Park
  • Myrtle Beach State Park
  • Edisto Beach State Park
  • Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
  • Devils Fork State Park
  • Table Rock State Park
  • Sesquicentennial State Park
  • Paris Mountain State Park
  • Givhans Ferry State Park
  • Jones Gap State Park and
  • Landsford Canal State Park

Purchase your SELECT Park Passport online.

Please note:  While park passports are good for entry to our parks, they do not guarantee entry to our parks if they are full.

Check the website for deals! South Carolina State Parks keep an excellent list of deals and discounts on their website.

About Other State Parks

An Inland Park Passport, at $50 per year, is cheaper… but it only includes the 42 inland state parks. It does not cover admission to Myrtle Beach State Park, Huntington Beach State Park, Charles Towne Landing State Park Historic Site, Edisto Beach State Park or Hunting Island State Park.

Fortunately, Palmetto Passports provide 50% off the regular Carolina State Parks Pass price for senior citizens (age 65+), legally blind and 100% disabled residents of South Carolina.

You can purchase a Palmetto Passport at any one of the South Carolina State Parks,  as long as you can prove your eligibility. These special passes must be renewed every year.

To use a Palmetto Passport, the qualifying individual must be present. However, everyone in the vehicle will receive FREE admission to the park!

If you are eligible for a Palmetto Passport, you can also receive 35% off admission, camping, picnic shelters, golf and fishing pier admission. Unfortunately, there are no discounts available for lodging, building or facility rentals, resale items or equipment rentals.

Out-of-state senior citizens, blind and disabled citizens can also receive those discounts (except the annual Palmetto Passport) at Baker Creek State Park, Calhoun Falls State Park, Hamilton Branch State Park, Hickory Knob State Park, Lake Hartwell State Park and Sadlers Creek State Park.

FAQs

1. Can I drink alcohol in a state park?

It is against park rules to drink or display an alcoholic beverage in a public place at any time. All outdoor areas are public in a state park. Also, we cannot sell alcoholic beverages within a state park.

2. Can I ride my bike in state parks?

Almost all state parks offer road or mountain biking, or both! Many parks have long stretches of road (some winding and hilly). Many of our parks have multiuse trails.

3. Can I fly a drone or other remote control aircraft in a state park?

Two parks offer zones for flying remote controlled aircraft (including drones): San Angelo and Martin Dies, Jr. You can request a filming permit for your craft at any park by contacting that park. Allow several weeks for us to review your request.

Bottom Line

Besides covering your day use fees for a year, your South Carolina State Parks Pass also gets you a few nights of discounted camping, as well as discounts in park gift shops or for equipment rentals in some parks.

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