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This is a typical Corp of Engineers campground, well kept with a variety of pull through and back-in sites. Sites are 50/30/20 electric with water, picnic table and fire ring. Many sites have a tent pad, are very level packed gravel/sand and well situated with very few having very close neighbors. Shade is at a premium on some sites due to cutting of pine trees a couple of years ago but almost all are waterfront with an excellent view. Some sites have direct access to the water allowing boats right at the site and swimming. The swimming beach is very nice and well maintained as are the playgrounds. Three bath houses are convenient to all loops, well maintained and clean. Cell service is very good as is over the air TV with numerous channels available. The dump station is easy in/out. Sites 10 through 40 have awesome views of Lake Hartwell.
Although a nice campground several things turned me off about this campground. Mainly the lack of enforcement of dogs running loose, owners not cleaning up after their dogs and enforcement of number of people on a site. The roads into the campground loops are narrow in spots and not well marked at all. Backing our 30' motorhome into our site required asking the neighbor to move his truck off our site and maneuvering around other vehicles parked in the road. The site was fairly level and offered a picnic table and fire ring with quite a bit of grassy area. Unfortunately, the neighbor on that side decided it belonged to them and set up games in it, then near dark other people joined them and set up a third tent in that area. Sites are 30/20 electric and water, but there is a dump station. This has the potential to be a very nice campground, and I'll go back sometime. Perhaps we just had one bad experience so we'll try it again sometime.
This is a well kept campground with all of the sites right on the water. Many are pull through and while there are a few smaller sites most will handle a 40' rig. There are three bathhouses with showers around the campground and one bathroom with flush toilets but no showers. Roads are wide, well kept, and easy to navigate. Sites have 50/30/20 amp electric service and water, pads are level packed gravel, each having a picnic table and fire ring. Many sites offer direct water access right in front of the site and are kept clear so swimming next to site is outstanding. Cell phone service is very good and over the air TV offers about 10-12 channels. Most sites have nice shade, but some are full sun. There is no camp store, however a Dollar General is about five miles away. Accessible from I-85 via SC State Hwy 24, about 10 miles. Excellent campground, our go to place since we live about 30 minutes away. Best campsites are 3, 14, 57, 58, 69 & 70.
We stayed in campsite 71 for three nights in late January. The weather was chilly but calm. We loved the water views and the quiet setting. During the weekdays we were almost alone in our portion of the park, so we enjoyed taking the dog down to the little beach area (as there was no fishing). The weekend resulted in quite a bit of traffic as all the waterfront lots were filled. Decent separation between stalls, but lost the woody feel instantly.
We selected a site fairly close to the bathhouse, but those facilities were closed the entire time we were there. I didn’t observe any signage about why these where closed. This created a longer walk to the showers than desired in the 30-degree nights.
We arrived after hours and tried to check in the next morning. The office staff was very strict about observing their lunch hour. They were walking out as we were walking up and didn’t offer to assist us. There was no answering machine either as we tried to call a couple times once the lunch hour was over. Once we did make contact they were super friendly and helpful.
My wife and I decided to make a last minute trip to Tugaloo State Park this past weekend. The sites were large and spacious. We were in site #8 right on the lake. Water, electric and cable tv connections. No sites with sewer, but dump station has two receptacles so there was no wait to dump tanks on way out.
Really enjoyed the lakefront campsites. We stayed at site 7 which is a pull through. We had camper and extra car with boat and kayak and fit with a little extra room. Able to kayak right from campsite. Campground has over 100 sites. None of the lake front were bad, some were low level, some had fenced railing with a little drop. All had great views some interior lots had lake views. Some interior lots were close together. Bath houses were very clean and spacious. Have a couple of hiking trails. I did the Sassafras’s Loop trail which follows the lake shore most of time and great views the rest. Our dogs loved all the space, no swimming due to temperatures in the 40s. Lots of stars at night. Very clean and well kept park. Camp hosts were helpful. Very nice staff at the Visitor Center, registration area. They also have cabins with docks and yurts as well. Great views from them as well. Will be back in warmer weather.
A lot of the sites are on the waters edge and offers beautiful views. The red clay was horrible though, especially with a white dog and after it rained. We had site 145, beautiful views but difficult to maneuver into the site and access the water, but we made it work. We would return though. Site 144 and 143 had gorgeous views of the sunset…I’ve heard 108 and 77 are prime spots. Be aware of booking a site and how you’re awning will face! Bathhouse is about 1/2 mile away, so too far to walk when you have to go. Not many bathhouses either so there was a line for the shower (only 2 shower stalls and 3 toilets for at least 75 campsites with the tent sites included). Only 2 single access dump stations for the entire park, so there was a line of 8-10 campers at both on a Sunday morning!