A short drive from Columbia, the capital city of South Carolina, Lake Murray is a popular summer vacation destination along the Saluda River. The reservoir's roughly 500 miles of shoreline offer everything from boating, fishing, and swimming to hiking and picnicking, and local attractions include Frankie's Fun Park, the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, the Oak Hills Golf Club, and Dreher Island State Park. Lake Murray cabins range from snug to spacious, and you won't have any trouble finding something that fits just right, whether you're traveling as a twosome, solo, or with a big group.

You can find plenty of pet-friendly picks around Lake Murray

Looking for a waterfront getaway that promises loads of fun for all the furry friends in your crew? Don't fretóLake Murray has plenty of vacation home rentals available where your best friend will be right at home. Cabins here come in all shapes and sizes, and perks like enclosed yards and outdoor shower areas make traveling with your pooch a breeze. Lake Murray is home to a wide variety of outdoor activities that range from laid-back to high-energy, and you'll find plenty of opportunities to take Fido out and about while you're in town, too. Dreher Island State Park is one option, where on-leash dogs are welcome to explore the 348 acres of boat ramps, fishing spots, hiking trails, and picnic areas. You can also take your 4-legged friend on a stroll through nearby Irmo, where you and your doggo can check out local shops and eateries, or take in the views from the wooded trails at the charming Irmo Community Park. The Lake Murray Dam North Recreational Area is yet another spot, where you and your pup will find picnic areas with sweeping views over the lake.

Look for cabins to rent right on the water

With about 500 miles of shoreline, Lake Murray cabins located right on the water aren't hard to find. Look for waterfront vacation home rentals in places like Lake Murray of Richland, Yacht Cove, Acapulco, and Lake Murray Shores, where you can find properties with direct lake access, as well as perks like outdoor decks, lake views, fire pits, and hot tubs. Cabins with private docks are available, too, which are a great choice if you're looking to do some boating or fishing from the comfort of your own property. In Wheeland, on the northern side of the lake, vacation rentals will put you within an easy drive of Dreher Island State Park, which boasts 12 miles of protected shoreline on 3 separate islands, and activities ranging from hiking and picnicking to boating, fishing, and more. Lexington is also home to a number of waterfront options, most of which are just a quick trip from the casual shops, eateries, and public parks that line Main Street in the Lexington town center. All throughout Saluda and Newberry Counties, too, you can find great waterfront vacation home rentals that offer easy access to Lake Murray.

Check out these rentals with hot tubs near Lake Murray

Lake Murray is a treasure trove of activities, and you'll find plenty of outdoor adventures here to keep even the most avid nature lover entertained. Head to the boat slips at Jakes Landing or the Lighthouse Marina for a day of boating or fishing, or visit Little Sandy Beach for swimming and sunbathing. At Dreher Island State Park, you'll find hiking trails and picnic areas, or you could stroll across the top of the Saluda Dam and make your way to the picnic areas at Lake Murray Public Park. For the ultimate in relaxation, look for Lake Murray cabin rentals with hot tubs so you can enjoy a soothing soak after a long day of outdooróor indoorórecreation. You can find plenty of hot-tub-equipped vacation home rentals, a number of which also boast amenities like full kitchens, outdoor decks, lake views, and BBQs or fire pits. If you're traveling with a larger group, you can find spacious accommodations where perks might include multiple bedrooms, spacious living rooms with home entertainment systems and fireplaces, and game rooms equipped with pool, foosball, or Ping Pong tables; some also have access to pools.