RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Sumter/Parsons Mountain Lake Rec Area

Parson’s Mountain Recreation Area is located in the northern portion of the Long Cane Ranger District. It features a 28-acre man-made lake next to a 23-site campground. The area offers relaxation and solitude as well as easy access to a variety of recreation activities. Highlights include an accessible picnic area. The day use area was designed with an earthen pier, a pedestrian bridge and a boat ramp for non-motorized boats. The Parson’s Mountain Lake Trail and Parson’s Mountain Tower Trail incorporate the upstate’s rich history and diverse wildlife habitat. Click here for a printable guide and vicinity map.

National Forest
Drive In
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Not Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Sumter/Parsons Mountain Lake Rec Area is located in South Carolina
34.1092 N
-82.362 W
Get Directions
From Anderson, travel south on Hwy 28 to the four way stop in Abbeville. Turn right and travel 3.3 miles to the intersection of Hwy 28 and Hwy 72. Continue on Hwy 28 for 2.1 miles.Turn left onto Parson’s Mtn. Road (S 1-251) and travel for 1.5 miles. Entrance is on the right.
2 Reviews of Sumter/Parsons Mountain Lake Rec Area

This is a really great campsite with restrooms and fire rings. There are restrooms and a playground for kids. If you really want to challenge your self, there is a trail that climbs to parson mountain and is recommended to only people who is fit enough because it is strenuous

First to Review
Nice primitive camp ground

Parsons Mountain Recreation Area sits beside a small lake called Parsons Mountain Lake. It is a great fishing spot and it has a roped off swimming area that has no life guard but is six foot deep at the most at the back of it. The brim in the lake will nibble at the hairs on your legs if you have any. The camp sites have gravel and a fire pit for most of them. Nearby to the camp sites there are restrooms and showers though expect spider webs on either as they are used infrequently except at the height of Summer. But the whole area is surrounded by pine trees and most sites are shaded by all of the trees. You will need a South Carolina Fishing licenses to fish. Camp sites are very reasonable. See this site for current fees. http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/scnfs/recarea/?recid=47187

Overall a very nice camp ground. Quiet except for the owls and crickets at night.