The park has two lakes, one 20 acres, one 12, good for bass, bream and catfish. And, every winter the lakes are stocked with trout.

The park also has six trails and is the western end of the Foothills Trail, a 77-mile trail flirting with the North Carolina/South Carolina border. A great hike is the first six miles east of the park on the Foothills Trail. You’ll gain elevation and pass through some lovely forest with the occasional long view. If you’re up for more, continue east on the Foothills Trail and descend down to the Chattooga River for another 10 miles.

More info: 864.638.5353, South Carolina Parks

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Photo: Hike the Foothills Trail from your campsite to the Chattooga River.
Address: 624 State Park Road
City: Mountain Rest
State: SC
Zip: 29664
Latitude: 34.8686
Longitude: 83.1055
No. of campsites: 155
No. with hookups: 140
No. without hookups: 15
Primitive sites: none
Reservations? 866.345.7275, or here
Cost: $16-$20 for hookups, $11-$15 without
Year-round? yes
Gate hours: opens at 7 a.m. daily, closes at 9 p.m., except on Sun.-Thurs. during Standard Time, when the park closes at 7 p.m.
Quiet hours: yes.
Stuff to do nearby: fishing, paddling, hiking