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We stayed in one of the tent-only, walk-in sites. This was our first (and so far, only) walk-in tent camping experience as a family. I gotta say - there were challenges. They weren't unexpected, but still… It should go without saying but nothing here is flat. And after heavy rains some of the trails are not in the best of shape, quite rutted and muddy. So lugging a ton of gear up into the woods was a challenge. It was only 50ish yards, but it was not an easy 50ish yards. So setup and tear down was not the most fun part of the trip. Next time we'll pack lighter for this sort of camping.
However, with that out of the way, we had zero other complaints about our time here. Once we got to our site, it was awesome. The pad was in great shape, flat, clean and plenty large enough for our 9-person tent and all our gear. Other campsites could barely be seen through the woods so it felt very private and secluded. The bathhouse was good, clean and in good shape. And the setting was amazing.
While here we also hiked a few trails. The Tennessee Rock trail seems to be the most popular, but let me warn you -- it was NOT as easy as we expected. My youngest kid and my wife turned around and went back. I and my older kids, along with the dog, completed the hike, but it was challenging. Its narrow and very slippery in spots, with more elevation changes than you expect. I mean its not the sort of hike you need to prepare for and pack for the day, but at least have proper footwear and some water with you. And to be honest, if you're going for the mountain views, skip it. The best views in the whole park, by far, are accessible from the roadside, especially at the visitor's center.
Overall though, we thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful park and will definitely camp here again!
We stayed at the campground over the 2020 Labor day week. It was a nice site. Bath houses were decent. Water was located through out the campgrounds. We stayed in the back loop which is more level. Note you do not need to pay the day use fee if you are camping. The camp host actually retrieved our money we put in the envelope when i mentioned it during check in. The trails in the area have been impacted by several storms in the last few years and many of them are blocked by fallen trees.
This is a nice campground, but seems to be in need of some TLC, The layout tends to give some sites a very good view and lots of room while others are very close, all have picnic tables and fire rings. The sites tend to be on the small side also, but there are some suitable for larger rigs and plenty of overflow parking. Bathrooms, though older, were clean and well maintained. The dump station has only a single drain, so last minute checkout leads to long lines. Cell service was good as was over the air TV. We stayed in a 30' motorhome and would not have had room for another vehicle on site. Some sites have room for a tent, some don't. We found it to be kind of noisy from traffic over the dam and on the road alongside the campground.
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 campground sets on a peninsula into Lake Keowee and offers gorgeous views of the lake and mountains in the distance. While possible for big rigs, it can be a challenge in some areas. The sites are mostly in the 30-35 foot range and most are back in, fairly level and offer 30/20 electric and water. Picnic tables and fire rings are on the sites, but unfortunately most of the sites do not offer a lot of usable area around the site. A few sites near the boat ramp are unparalleled in their view of the lake and mountains and reservation planning is a must if these are wanted. Being far out in the country the cell service isn't so good and according to where you are even over the air TV is spotty. A nice boat ramp and swimming beach are available, as are bath houses centrally located. The camp store was closed due to Covid when we stayed, but there are kayak and canoe rentals. The dump station was easily accessed and very clean. There are cabins, but we did not look at them. All in all, this is a very nice campground for families or couples wanting a getaway.
This campground is located just off of I-85 exit 1 in South Carolina, making it a good place for an overnight stop if traveling. Being an older park, the roads can be quite bumpy and the sites could use some work. One loop is open year round, but the sites aren't what I would call waterfront although you can see the lake. A variety of site sizes are available and most are back in, but a few pull throughs are available. Not a lot of "living" area around the campsites as most of the campground can be rather brushy.
This is a very nice campground with a variety of sites, many are waterfront and some have direct access to the water. I rated it with only 4 stars because the interior sites and some of the waterfront can get hot with no breeze. The bath houses are well kept but many of the sites are far away. The roads are wide and easily navigable for the most part, but in a couple areas very tight turns are necessary (sites 39-52). Level pads with picnic tables and fire rings. Some sites are well dispersed and others are very close. Cell phone coverage is very good and several channels available over the air for TV. Best sites are 47, 59, and 60.
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.