Since I married my hubby 28 years ago we’ve been avid campers. There’s nothing better than sleeping under the stars, cooking over an open fire, or swimming in a giant lake. I love it all. We used to camp a lot more in years past caregiving getting in the way, but now that our time is once again our own we’ve dusted off that tent, packed up our supplies and headed out to the great beyond…even if it’s only across town.
I’ve been all over the United States with the exception of Hawaii & Alaska and very few places have topped our absolute favorite Dreher Island State Park located about 30 minutes from Columbia, South Carolina. Dreher Island is a small island among many islands on Lake Murray a reservoir of the Saluda River.
The Dreher Island State Park website says:
Two lakefront camping areas have scenic views and easy access to the shoreline of Lake Murray. Ninety-seven paved sites may be used by both RVs and tents, while 15 sites are for tent campers only.
These sites are right on the water where you can swim, fish, or boat. We had the opportunity to visit the park a few weeks ago. We hadn’t visited the park in over 6 years and it was greatly missed. We decided to take our 4 yr old twin grandkids with us and we all had a terrific time.
We went midweek when the park was virtually empty. Building fires, taking long walks, playing with the kids, or relaxing under a shade tree there’s a lot to do on this little island. Camping runs $30 a night and with that, you get water & electric.
This trip we didn’t bring our canoe because of the kids, but we hope to go back very soon and do some serious paddling. As you can see from our pics we made some fabulous memories with our growing grandchildren. They won’t be little for long and we want to enjoy every second we have with them.
There is a full-service marina for all of your boating needs. Don’t want to camp out? They offer small camping cabins and also 5 luxurious villas all right on the water. The nearest town is only a short 20-minute drive and you can find anything you might have forgotten to pack.
This is the first of many camping trips we have planned for the next year until we take the ultimate camping trip on June 1st, 2020. I’ll be telling you all about this 6-week circle that we’ll be taking from SC to Alaska and back! I’ve already started planning it out and I can’t wait to share it all with you!
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