Columbia, South Carolina is a busy hub of metro traffic but just 30 miles outside of the bustling city, you can relax along the shores of Lake Murray at Dreher Island State Park. Whether by RV or other camping option you choose, you can’t beat the secluded park.
Winding roads take you through rural homes amid trees as you get closer to the park. Dreher Island is a series of three small islands that make up the park itself. Ample camping is available at the RV round-a-bout and within walking distance you can head over the bridge to the mid-island where the check-in office, gift shop, and tackle shop are located.
The third island is nestled in the trees and a stroll in the evening around the campsites could bring you face to face with families of deer out for the evening feed. It is all a hidden gem nestled in the heart of South Carolina.
Last year my kids swam in the lake just off our waterfront RV spot. We woke to beautiful mornings with little worries of bugs and pests. The spaces are spread out far enough that you are not on top of one another and that allows some privacy on your pad. There are a total of 97 paved RV pads.
If RV stays is not your cup of tea, the island offers 15 tent specific sites as well five lakeside villas, two of which are two and three bedrooms. There are picnic area’s and playgrounds for the family throughout the 50,000 acre park.
The park offers a plethora of activities. Jog or walk along one of the three hiking trails. There are boat launches if you bring yours, you can rent fishing equipment including rods and reels from the bait/gift shop and fish until your heart is content or the peace has reentered your mind.
The park does not have a swimming area roped off so you will be on your own to find a spot that you can enter the water, safely is preferred.
We loved the park and are planning a return trip. The quiet and solitude is a great escape for couples and families alike. It’s a wonderful outting that is not too far out of reach for mid-Atlantic coast families.
Villa’s will run you around $123.00 a night while a cabin will cost you only $45.00. Campsites can run anywhere between $25.00 and $36.00 depending on the site number.
Dreher Island is one of our favorite places to visit. It won’t “wow” you with out of this world accommadations but it doesn’t need to. This is an island that brings nature to you and gives you the chance to unwind.