Get Outside

Room to Roam, Space to Breathe,
Parks to Explore

Reconnect with nature and live life outside in Camden and Kershaw County which is home to 35 parks, 2 state parks, Lake Wateree and The Wateree River. Downtown Camden offers a plethora of green spaces and outdoor experiences and just outside the city, miles of serene natural beauty await you in Goodale and Wateree State Parks. Looking to escape? We’ll see you out there.

Blueways, Greenways, Parks and More

Looking to get outside or get away from it all?  Here are some of our favorite outdoor options for Camden and Kershaw County explorers.

N.R. Goodale State Park 

Lined with cypress trees, the park’s spring-fed lake offers boating, fishing, and hiking opportunities. Bring your canoe, and paddle through the natural habitat of aquatic birds, wildlife, and plants. Picnic shelters, tables, playground equipment, and meeting facilities provide the perfect setting for family, school, and other group gatherings. Goodale is located at 350 Park Road in Camden.

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Margaret H. Lloyd Preserve

Walking, hiking, biking – now you can enjoy 800 acres of open trails and varying habitats along the Wateree River at the Margaret H. Lloyd Preserve. Here outdoor education experiences are provided for all ages by the facilitation and support of nature focused programs and practices. To learn more about our project, schedule programming or get involved on the preserve contact Nature as Teacher’s Education Specialist Leoncia Cruz at or 610-715-2788 / 247 Chesnut Ferry Road, Camden.

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Camden Riverfront Environmental Park 

This new park at the historic Port of Camden features an interior half-mile meandering waterway which hosts fish and wildlife, a canoe/kayak launch, observation areas, bridges and walking trail. 175 Bramblewood Plantation Rd.

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Wateree River Veterans Park

This 35-acre riverfront park in Lugoff with a 2,112-foot long, eight-feet wide walking trail and floating kayak launch. Hours are 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. 550 Highway 1 South in Lugoff.

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Austin Sheheen Sr. Natural Resources Area

This is an 8,000 acre area with 14 miles of Lake Wateree shoreline open for public hiking, hunting, bird watching and fishing.

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Camden Battlefield and Longleaf Pine Preserve

Miles of walking trails in the peaceful forest that was the location of the bloody Battle of Camden in 1780. Free and open to the public during daylight hours.

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Historic Camden Nature Trail

Walk by 18th century powder magazine and earthwork remains on this half-mile loop trail, complete with a fishing pond and views of Big Pine Tree Creek. 222 Broad St.

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Explore Camden City Parks

Camden’s outdoor lifestyle can be experienced through the many state, county and local parks that dot our landscape. Check out our 18+ city parks here.

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Explore Kershaw County Parks

Kershaw county’s full list of publicly accessible parks to help you “keep it green” while visiting our region. Breath deep and enjoy!

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Kershaw County Guide to Outdoor Life

Looking for “all things outdoors”? Download the Kershaw County Guide to Outdoor Life and get started planning your next getaway.

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Experience Camden Like a Local

Discover Your Wild Side at Goodale State Park

Drift Amongst Ancient Cypress Trees and Hunt for Wildlife in one of SC’s Hidden Gems

One of South Carolina’s hidden gems. Goodale State Park features tall cypress trees that enchant the eye and a bevy of wildlife both on land and in the water. Goodale’s Water Trail is some of best kayaking in South Carolina and was recognized by Canoe Magazine as a “Top 25 Scenic Canoe Route”. Get ready for egrets, hawks, alligators and more as you paddle – not hike – into the forest. A truly magical experience. Start your trip in downtown Camden for supplies and provisions.

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Walk Through History at Camden’s Revolutionary War Park

Experience The Southern Campaign of the American Revolution Like Never Before

Camden is dripping with trails (and stories). Experience the Southern Campaign of the American Revolutionary War like never before by planning a weekend of history, hospitality and incredible experiences at Camden’s Revolutionary War Park. Explore the Colonial Village at Historic Camden. Meander through the pines on the 3+ mile nature trail with interpretive signage. Learn about South Carolina’s leading role in turning the tide of war. And don’t forget to stop off in downtown Camden for a bit to eat after all that history!

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The Guys’ Get Away

Ready to round up your guys for an exciting weekend in Camden, SC? Hunting, Fishing and Golfing, Oh My!

Ok, so you’ve been tapped to plan a Guys’ Weekend. Come to Camden and you come to the right place. Our area is chock-full of not-your-average-guy things to do – everyday. And most of our sporting attractions include on-site event venues to host a full-on private party.

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