Roughin' it at Dreher Island State Park

Dreher Island is located off South Carolina Highway 231 in Prosperity.

There are more than 40 state parks in South Carolina.

One of those is very close by, just 30 miles Northwest of Columbia.

The park offers everything from fishing, swimming, camping and much more.

You'll find Dreher Island State Park just off Highway 231 in Prosperity.

A quiet, secluded park where the deer roam freely and the birds chirp loudly.

The sounds of nature at Dreher Island State Park are just one of many things that keep Doug Keel coming back year after year.

"Dreher has a special lure about it and a special appeal with the many things that it offers," said Keel.

Keel and his wife have come to the park since the mid-80s and didn't always have the luxury of sleeping in a motor home.

"My wife and I decided we wanted a second home and decided to have it on wheels," said Keel.

There are other campers at Dreher Island who like to experience nature without any comforts of home, just good 'ole tents and sleeping bags.

"Sleeping in a tent is much better than a camper or sleeping in a cabin. There's something about being in touch with nature," said Thompson.

Patrick Thompson and his family are first time visitors to the park, but say being outdoors is much better than punching a time clock.

"It doesn't matter if you catch anything or not because you're still not working," said Thompson.

"It's fun to get away because you don't have to worry about cutting the grass, you don't have to worry about painting the house," said Keel.

Keel is from Sunset, South Carolina, a fitting town for the many views you'll experience at the island.

Or you might have an up-close encounter with an animal.

Park ranger Seth Caughman has been at Dreher Island for five years he says it's nice to see regular faces year after year.

"We try to make it a great experience for everybody who comes out. Visitors fall in love with the scenery and you get to see deer everywhere and raccoons at night. Just being on the lake is fun, too," said Caughman.

Whether a first time visitor or long time loafer, Dreher Island will continue to make lasting memories as long as there's folks like Thompson and Keel.