Ultimate Outsider program at SC State Parks

Table Rock State Park | Photo by @vanzeppelinaerial

Hey GVL, Ana here. Anyone else feeling a little bummed their summer travel plans have been put on hold? Lately, I’ve been trying to come up with creative, safe ways to explore this summer, since I won’t be planning any big trips for a while.

If you’re like me and want to get out, but also want to stay mindful of current health guidelines, check this out. 👉 The Ultimate Outsider program, hosted by South Carolina State Parks, encourages you to get out and explore our state (and all of its natural beauty) + even includes a little incentive.

Jones Gap State Park | Photo via @macstonephoto + @naturalandtrust

○ The goal: Visit all 47 state parks.

○ The incentive: A free “Ultimate Outsider” t-shirt (because you can never have too many t-shirts).

○ How it works: Grab an Official Guide to SC State Parks – which you can order online or pick up at any state park – and collect a stamp at each park you visit. At the final park, have your guide verified by a park ranger, and you’ll receive the t-shirt in the mail. 

○ The bonus: Ultimate Outsiders get invited to participate in special events that aren’t open to the public.

If this sounds like your type of adventure, take a peek at this park finder to plan your next state park trip + where to start your Ultimate Outsider journey. I think my next visit will be to Hunting Island State Park to do a little beach camping.

Already achieved Ultimate Outsider status? We hear there’s an exclusive scavenger hunt going on that’ll lead you to “secrets” within the state parks.   

Disclaimer: While all state parks are now open, group facilities remain closed, number of visitors are limited + some parks have reduced hours. We encourage you to check the parks’ website before making the trip.