Get Outside to South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast

South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast was made for outdoor lovers. With over 100,000 acres of water, over 2,000 miles of shoreline, six state parks all situated on water, and more than 150 hiking and biking trails, we are the home base for the vacation of your dreams. Plan your next outdoor adventure to South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast and experience the great outdoors along with authentic Southern hospitality.

Begin your vacation at the National Wild Turkey Federation Visitor Center and Winchester Museum in Edgefield, South Carolina. This museum, the only one of its kind in the world, features dioramas and animatronics explaining hunting techniques and conservation efforts for the North American wild turkey. Learn more about this fascinating animal, and bring your kids! The museum is an exciting learning experience and fun for all ages.


Plan your day around the many outdoor opportunities that abound in McCormick County, which is 90% contained in Sumter National Forest. The Long Cane Ranger District, the area of Freshwater Coast contained within Sumter National Forest, is home to the Forks Area Trail System, a nationally known mountain biking trail network designated as an “Epic Trail” by the International Mountain Biking Association. You’ll also find numerous hiking, boating, hunting and equestrian opportunities within Sumter National Forest.

With six state parks to choose from on South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast, it might be difficult to decide which one to visit first. Hickory Knob features a resort and golf course, Lake Greenwood State Park has everything you need for a camping and fishing adventure. Head for Musgrove Mill and you’ll walk where war heroes walked, and then camp for the night in Baker Creek State Park on the shores of Lake Thurmond. Experience the serenity of Lake Russell at Calhoun Falls State Park, and the quiet, family friendly secluded campsites of Hamilton Branch State Park.

If the outdoors is calling you, it’s time to plan your trip to South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast.