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Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Lake Hartwell State Park

This recreation area is part of Hartwell Lake

Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
No Alcohol
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
RVs and Trailers
Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
Water Hookups
30 amp Hookups
No 50 amp Hookups
Pull-Through Sites
Max Length: 40 ft.
Lake Hartwell State Park is located in Hartwell Lake in South Carolina
34.4942 N
-83.0324 W
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8 Reviews of Lake Hartwell State Park

We really loved the privacy and the access to the lake from our spot! The only thing would be sewer hook up but the restroom and showers were a short walk from our spot! We rented 62 62 A we will be back! #Loveit We brought our 3 dogs and they enjoyed theirselves as well! This was our first trip since getting our travel trailer! #memories the water pressure was just to our liking!

Love the campsites by the lake

So we hooked up the camping gear and headed down to camp the weekend. We are big fans of space between neighbors and noticed right away that these sites are rather close to one another. The views helped make the closeness bearable. The bathhouses are clean and well stocked. Staff is friendly and helpful. The walking trails are well laid out and easy to walk on. The on-site store is well stocked with all your camping needs and there is also a nature center with taxidermy wild animals and history related to fishing gear. There is a free library available and laundry facilities at the store. They have check in and self check in available at the store. Lots of brochures from other state parks and things to do nearby.


We went with friends 10 years ago when they had a pop up camper. It was a lot of fun. Met lots of people and I got hit in the eye ball with a football because I was having a lot of fun. Had a bbq grill to grill burgers steaks whatever you want to grill. You can fish there too. I love the experience I would go back. It’s far from me now.

August 2018 - OK park but Fire Ant infestation

It's a really great park. We stayed in the rustic tent site T8, and was quite surprised it had a water spicket (faucet) for easy water access. (Something we may have overlooked as a site feature, as it was our first visit). Our only complaint was the entire campsite was one large fire ant hill! We had to travel to the local dollar general to get ant spray to help with the infestation. We only camp rustic so we're used to bugs but this was insane. Every step we took or every place we sat would soon be swarmed with ants as that's what fire ants do. Once we sprayed the area we were finally able to safely enjoy our campsite. The view was wonderful! Besides the ants it was a fantastic campsite! (BTW I would not recommend hammock camping here as the ants were also on a lot of trees, ropes we had were covered when we took them down) Will provide photos I took off all the rustic sites: T3 - T8

Scout camp ground

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.

On the lake & shady

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.

Years of Memories

I have been going to this campground for years! Love it!

First to Review
Shoulder Season Sweetness!

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.