Elijah Clark State Park
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Introduction

Lovely Elijah Clark State Park, 447-acres of mature mixed hardwood and pine forest, is located on the western shore of 71,100 acre Clarks Hill Lake. This lake is one of the largest lakes in the Southeast. Elijah Clark State Park is especially popular with anglers and boaters, due to its boat ramps and accessible fishing pier. The park also appeals to outdoor enthusiasts with its sandy swimming beach. The park offers a welcoming space to cool off during Georgia summers.

Tranquil, family-friendly Elijah Clark State Park offers guests a variety of lodging options with rental cottages along the lake’s edge and the spacious campground nestled in the tranquil forest. The park provides 165 tent, trailer, and RV camp sites and can accommodate RV's up to 50 feet in length. Tent campers can enjoy extra privacy in the walk-in section of the campground which offers ten walk-in sites.

Elijah Clark State Park, named for a frontiersman and Georgia war hero who led pioneers during the Revolutionary War, also acts as an educational opportunity for guests so inclined. The park touts a log cabin replica of the Clark home. The cabin is a display space for furniture, utensils and tools circa 1780. Guests will find the cabin open weekends from April through November. Visitors can also view the graves of Clark and his wife, Hannah.

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Transportation in Elijah Clark State Park

Driving

Guests will easily locate:

ELIJAH CLARK STATE PARK
2959 MCCORMICK HIGHWAY
LINCOLNTON GA 30817

Located six miles N. E. of Lincolnton, GA on US 378.

Guests driving from Athens will take US-78 to US-378. Guests will see Elijah Clark State Park Road on the left shortly after they pass Lincolnton Marine (also on their left). The drive from Athens to Elijah Clark State Park will take approximately one and a half hours using this route.

Guests driving from Charlotte, NC can expect to arrive in just under three hours. They will take I-77 to Exit 65 onto SC-121. From here guests will use US 378 and turn right onto Elijah Clark State Park Rd. shortly after crossing the Savannah River.

Parking

Parking can be found within the park at the campgrounds, near the boat ramps, and near the sandy beach.

Public Transport

There is no public transportation available within the park.

Campgrounds and parking in Elijah Clark State Park

Campsites in Elijah Clark State Park

Reservations camping

Elijah Clark State Park

447-acre Elijah Clark State Park is a tranquil family friendly park which offers guests a variety of lodging options. Resting in a mature mixed hardwood and pine forest, the park rents lakeside cabins and has a 165-site campground accommodating up to 50 foot RV’s, as well as ten walk-in tent only sites. This is a large campground and some of the camping sites on the outer loop are by the water. The campground also offers a middle section of sites with a water-view. The campground has ADA accessible sites, cable TV, a dump station, a dumpster for trash, restrooms, a sewage dump station, hot showers, and waste water disposal.

Guests should note that a ParkPass is required for all vehicles. Price for ParkPasses are not included with the reservation. Overnight guests pay only one ParkPass fee for the duration of their stay. The daily ParkPass is valid at all state parks visited the same day and is not valid at state historic sites.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Elijah Clark State Park

In-Season

Swimming

Lovely, family-friendly Elijah Clark State Park offers guests the opportunity to cool off in the humid Georgia summer beneath a mature hardwood canopy. The sandy beach beckons guests to relax along a stretch of lake and contemplate natural beauty.

The park maintains a picnic area, a barbecue shelter, a playground, and a fishing pier near the sandy swimming beach, making it easy to please a family with varied interests. Guests will also find hiking trails close by the beach area.

Callaway Plantation

Fourteen miles from Elijah Clark State Park in Washington, GA, guests will find Callaway Plantation, a 56-acre restoration project open to the public. The plantation offers guests a glimpse into a bygone era. Callaway Plantation provides guests the opportunity to learn about the historic working plantations in the agricultural South. The plantation offers an intimate retelling of one family's legacy. Guests to Callaway Plantation can see, touch, and hear 200 years of Wilkes County history.

Callaway Plantation began with a log cabin built by Job Callaway in 1785. The plantation grew to a 3,000 acre working plantation complete with a brick mansion by the 1860's. Callaway Plantation was gifted to the city of Washington by the Callaway family. The site is now home to unique historical structures open for public tour. Guests will visit - the Log Cabin (1785), the Grey House (1790), Dally Slave Cabin (1840), a one-room schoolhouse (1891), and the General Store (1930).

Annual Little Roy and Lizzie Music Festival

Home to an annual Bluegrass Music Festival, Elijah Clark State Park, Elijah Clark State Park, offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature while listening to some of the country's best Bluegrass musicians. The feel of this three-day festival is casual and relaxed. It is in perfect harmony with the family friendly park. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, camp for the weekend, and enjoy food and crafts from vendors drawn to the festival.

Off-Season

Geocaching

The state of Georgia hosts the Georgia State Parks Geotour:

Within Elijah Clark State Park, there is a geocache at coordinates: N 33º 51.152 W 082º 24.448

Guests will find the “RednekHillbily” cache placed along the “Hanna Clark Nature Trail.”. Gusts are looking for a hidden ammo can.

To find the cache guests will need to find the trail head that is posted in the additional waypoints. Please, be mindful to follow the marked trail. Guests will find benches to take a break if needed. Please, remember to re-hide the cache like or better than you found it and also remember to “Leave No Trace”.

Elijah Clark & Heroes of the Hornets' Nest Remembrance Day

Revolutionary War Hero Elijah Clark led Georgian Patriots in many battles resulting in the colonies freedom from British rule. Each year, Elijah Clark State Park offers a celebration of these early heroes. Elijah Clark Homestead hosts tours of the cabins with colonial life demonstrations. The celebration includes a luncheon and a wreath laying ceremony. Indoor facilities are available in the event of inclement weather.

Fishing

Elijah Clark State Park resides on the shore of Clark's Hill Lake (known as J. Strom Thurmond in S.C.). This lake is Georgia's largest reservoir, measuring 71,535 acres, and is located 30 miles northeast of Augusta on the Savannah River. With numerous creeks feeding the lake, over 1,200 miles of shoreline, and large areas of open water, Clark Hill Lake provide a wide range of fishing opportunities.

Guests to Elijah Clark State Park will find that Clark Hill Lake is excellent for fishing crappie. The average catch is three fourths of a pound. Large catches can weigh one and a half to two pounds. Guests will also find largemouth bass, redear sunfish, catfish, and hybrid striped bass in the lake. Stripped bass pulled from the lake average seven pounds in weight. Hybrid bass pulled from the lake average three pounds in weight.

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