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Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, SOUTH CAROLINA
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Practically boondocking!

The only amenity is pit toilets. No water, no electric. Only 23 sites, spaced a good distance apart. Each site has a fire pit and picnicking area. Trails nearby. Horses and other pets allowed.

Stayed two nights with three other campers and never heard a sound except for nature. Would return again.


Very nice park. Spots are a little tight but enough room. Campground is very large.

Can’t beat it for the price

$10 bucks a night, sites spaced far enough apart to be comfortable, waterfront, not over crowded. I think it is worth the drive over some of the more crowded places. Each site has a pick nick table and fire ring, a few had charcoal grills on stands but not all. First come first serve, bring exact money because it’s just a drop box. It’s primitive camping so bring your own water, no electricity. No trash dumpster either so be prepared to pack if out . Cell service was spotty on Verizon but I was able to get and receive calls and a few txts although they seemed very delayed .

Wonderful Park For RTT

Took my son for two days with out RTT and it was perfect well laid out sites for campers, Rooftop Tents and Tents.

Great camp ground

This park has a great group camp sites. We have taken are cub scouts and Boy Scout troop here many times. The RV camp ground has too side a larger side which is newer and an older side. The older of the RV camp site is a little Tight but can 1 get a 40ft trailer in with no problem. The new side has Plenty of room for large RV. Bath houses are clean and well Maintain. Staff is great to work with. Bring your fishing rod Plenty of fishing. There is also a great swimming area and playgrounds.

Great place to take scouts and RV camp

I have been here two times. First time with scout troop and then RV camping. The group camping area is Huge and has its own picnic shelters and bath rooms . The Rv sites were clean and well Maintain. The park is beautiful and very large. You feel like you are in A secluded area not like some parks right up on top of each other. Staff is Amazing and very helpful. I definitely will be back.

Laid back

It's nice and lake veiw

Quiet spot and a simple campsite

Bussey Point is primarily for equestrians. The campsites have pre-installed horse hitches and plenty of room to move a horse trailer. The sites have a picnic table and a fire pit. The campground has a well for water and an open pit latrine. There's no power which is perfect for camping off grid away from all the trailers.

The campsites are right on the water and the view is beautiful. Over the weekend I was the only one here and the only person I spoke to was the volunteer Camp Ranger from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

There is a 12-mile horse trail that goes out on the peninsula and some pack-in or canoe-in campsites out on the peninsula.

Fee per night is on an honor system at $10. I have no complaints about this campsite only about the other campers that leave their trash behind.

I recommend this campground if you're looking to get away from all the people especially the crowds at the more popular campsites at the state parks, and if you're fine with more primitive camping that doesn't involve daily showers.

Great location with various things to do in the campground

We were on our way from Charleston to Greenville and this was a great place to stop. We used it as a home base for visiting Congaree National Park and couldn't be happier with our choice! We were in Site 32 and it was a great one. We had a view off the back of our site and it felt private. There was a splash pad, a lake and many trails to explore. I also enjoyed reading the different signs around the park about the history. I was shocked to find that as many as 10,000 people would visit this park on weekends in the 50's and 60's. The staff was really helpful and the facilities were all clean. We would definitely go back to this campground!

The campground is off a really busy road, but you sure wouldn't know it! It was very quiet. However - super convenient having any place you might need to go right by. Our Verizon hotspot worked great, but the Sprint hotspot was spotty through the park. If you are ever passing through or want a good home base for exploring Congaree - this is it!

Great for equestrians

Spent many weeks here over the past few years. Its a clean and well maintained park with beautiful trails and lake. Perfect for equestrian as most of the trails are horse friendly and there is a large arena free to use. The barn is clean as well and provides stall shavings for a small fee.

A Bit of The Country, Just Down the Street

Our Cub Scout Pack frequently uses this park, and it's great for both day visits and those 'introductory' camping trips to get the new kids comfortable in the woods!

There's plenty of stuff to do, from boats to fishing to both primitive sites and sites with more amenities.

And what's really nice, if you forgot something, you can just drive down the street and pick it up.

Great time

camp sites are nice with lots of room between other sites. can be reserved 11 months out. good fishing and swiming. prepare your site for ants they will get into everything if not.

Love it. We go every 1st full week in April. Met some great friends there.

Spots are a little tight but never had a problem with anything. Looking forward to April. Good fishing and boating.

Great place for families!

This campground has great ways to keep the kids busy! Includes a Splash Pad, nature walk around the lake and playground! Little store on site. Clean facilities and comfortable camp sites…

Great place to stay and visit

Great place to stay and visit. Be sure to check out the nearby town of Ninety Six and the Ninety Six National Historic Site.

Weekends are made for camping.

Upon enterIng the park there is the check in/ Convenience store wIth helpful frIendly staff. The store has park related gIfts, toys, snacks, drInks and campIng related supplies.There are plenty of quiet lake front camping spots available with bath and shower houses nearby. The mostly level roads and trails are great for bicycling. A playground for the kiddos is also here and fun per the kids.


Dogs aren’t allowed on beach area but we found our own great spot within the park that allowed them to swim and cool off with us!

Awesome Time

Great owners and nice facilities. Highly recommend

Very Quiet

If your looking for a place to completely relax this is the place. It sits on the Saluda River, great fishing. We stayed here for 7 nights.

The bath house is in need of an update. PHU only. They resort charges $5 for use of the pool.

Tight Campsites, Beautiful Views

Lakefront sites are well worth the extra cost. Campsites are a bit tight, but the lakefront sites have great views. Drivig through can be tricky due to the multitude of cars, trucks, boat trailers parked everywhere. Drive-in movie nearby is really fun.


Clark’s Hill is a Great Lake! HK is an OK park. It does have a nIce golf course and skeet shooting, kayak rentals, cabins, a restaurant and a pool. The campsites are nice enough. but. The entire park sits on a mound of ants. ants everywhere. ants of all varieties. And most of the lake access is solid Georgia red clay mud…

Hawe Creek

The campground is situated on Strom Thurmond Lake. The campground is run by the Army Corp of Engineers. There is a boat launh and fishing pier near by Dorn Fishing Facility. Every site is on the water. You are minutes fom Georgia, The Strhom Thurmond Dam. The campground has bathrooms ans showers, there are pull thru sites, fire rings. The campground is only open from April til October.

Nice camp ground.

Good camp for rv or tent camping. Plenty of trails, splash park for kids and a lake for boating and fishing


very nice clean wooded campground

Unplug unwind

I took a group of 8 wild middle schoolers here and we had a blast hiking the trails, boating, and unplugging for a while!

Great get away

Stayed here over the Fourth of July and I was the only camper there while all the other sites were packed. Sites are only a hundred feet or so from the lake, so I threw up a hammock and watched the sunset over the water and spent time during the day swimming.

Only complaint is that it seems to attract people inclined to leave a lot of garbage. I filled a bag before I even set up camp. Still, for that kind of isolation right on the water for only $10/night, I'm not complaining much about the site, just the people there before me.

Facilities included a pump for well water and open-pit latrines.

Great lakefront site

We had a true adventure when we stayed there.The place was beautiful we camped overlooking the lake.The bathrooms were spotless.We do advise if your in a tent maybe not taking a direct lakefront spot because we literally had to tie down our tent to anything including our car because it got so windy from the winds across the lake.Otherwise it was a great spot to stay.You can go swimming in the summer too we went when it was still cold so no swimming for us.

First to Review
Beautifully scenic. Small Camping ground in State Park.

It's a small comfortable campground in a beautiful State Park. The lake is breathtaking. There are tournaments through out the year, as well as boating, kayaking, & fishing.

Love this place!

We enjoy coming here! Great sites! A lot of wildlife.