We have camped here once so I have not seen the whole park. Be the group Primitive area is great on the left side of the area. The right side has been over used and the ground has washed and the only place to Pitch a tent is on camping pads that are on the small size for a large groups. But all in all the park is well Kept and Bathhouse well Maintain. The park is Very beautiful. Great for large groups.
We had a shady spot with a lake view that was peaceful. You can put in your kayaks right from your campsite. The bathrooms were nearby, but not very clean. We went on a holiday weekend and there were some partiers that were loud all day, but respected the noise guidelines at night. There was a big camp store. We went to the marina restaurant for lunch one day that wasn’t too far away. You can rent boats there which is also a nice option.
I have been going to this campground for years! Love it!
Camping and hiking in the fall when everyone else is either working or choosing to hunker down inside…is premeire!
Happening upon Lake Hartwell State Park, was a find! We were traveling light, heading to the Hendersonville, NC area for bagging waterfalls and cascades and some ridge hikes. So we opted to rent one of their camper cabins. Spartan to be sure..its dry, solid and has a door. Oh, and it had a window AC unit…but it was plenty cool enough. Nearby were the showers and restroom facilities. For all practical purposes…we had the entire campground to ourselves. The park is clean, well-maintained and well staffed. The rangers were helpful in pointing us in the correct direction for dayhikes and local points of interest.
The Stumphouse Tunnel was of particular interest and made for a great hike centered around pre Civil War era. Station Cove Falls were beautiful and the Oconee Station State Historic Site were delightful and well preserved. A military Outpost and Indian Trading Post from the late 1700's were awesome!
Back to the campground. Our cabin rental was located on a pennisula and because the water levels of Lake Hartwell were down, we had plenty of beach area to comb. Lots of downfall was present for scavenging…so our campfires were splendid. The weather was fairly decent…and we enjoyed unseasonably warm days while we were there.
I'd definitely like to revisit, under the same circumstances…but would bring a tent…and my canoe.