Fishing fanatics will feel right at home at Lake Greenwood State Park, located in South Carolina's scenic Upstate. The park's namesake lake offers more than 11,000 acres of freshwater for anglers and boaters to enjoy, and it's one of the state's premier spots for bass fishing.
Visitors at Lake Greenwood State Park who aren't so keen on angling can also enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, boating, wildlife watching, and learning about the area's history. Whether you want to take in the colorful array of wildflowers which burst to life in the spring or just enjoy a picnic by the gentle waters of the lake, RV campers at Lake Greenwood State Park will find an adventure to suit their tastes.
Campers and day-use visitors are taken care of here with two campgrounds, two boat launch areas, picnic shelters, a playground, and more than 900 acres of South Carolina parkland to explore. Planning an RV camping trip to Lake Greenwood State Park? You'll want to bring some bug spray along for yourself and some flea and tick medication for any four-legged friends traveling with you. Mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting critters are a real nuisance in the summer. As you're exploring the park, also keep an eye out for poison oak and ivy.
The internal roads at Lake Greenwood State Park are paved and wide, so vehicles and RV campers shouldn't have any trouble navigating the park. All the park's campsites are paved and level, making it easy to park the rig and head out to the lake. A nominal park entry fee applies in addition to the camping fees.
Multiple paved parking areas are available at Lake Greenwood State Park, many of which are shaded, which is a welcome relief for drivers visiting Lake Greenwood during South Carolina's scorching summers. The main parking area is located in front of the recreation building. Vehicles towing boats will want to park in the lot by the boat launch.
Lake Greenwood State Park offers two campgrounds with a total of 125 sites for tent and RV campers, all of which are located on or near Lake Greenwood's scenic shore. All sites come with picnic tables and water and 50-amp electrical hookups. Some sites offer sewer hookups as well. In addition to the standard sites, eight primitive tent sites are available for those looking for a more rugged camping experience.
Campers must reserve a standard site at least one day in advance using the South Carolina state parks reservation website or by calling a toll-free number. If, for some reason, you can't book your site in advance, contact the park directly to make a same-day reservation.
The state park also features a group camp area which can accommodate up to 50 campers and comes with picnic tables and a fire ring. Groups and organizations looking to use the group site will need to contact the park directly to reserve it.
Hot showers and flush toilets are available at Lake Greenwood State Park, but there isn't a camp store on-site. For supplies and provisions, campers can drive a short distance into the city of Greenwood, where they'll find a variety of big-box stores and dining options. Several convenience stores around Lake Greenwood sell bait and fishing licenses.
The park's nature trails offer several miles for hikers and bikers to get an up-close view of local wildlife. The Scenic Shoreline Trail is the park's longest path at just over four miles, while the park's other two trails are much shorter and make the perfect place for a quick walk. Each summer, Lake Greenwood State Park hosts the Festival of Flowers Triathlon as part of the city-wide Festival of Flowers. Cyclists from all over the state travel to Greenwood to take part. If your athletic prowess isn't exactly triathlon-level, you're still welcome to enjoy a bike ride down the park's trails and along the paved roads.
Boating is one of the most popular activities at Lake Greenwood, second only to fishing. Motorized boating is allowed on Lake Greenwood, so whether you're towing a canoe, a jet ski, or a pontoon, you'll have plenty of water acreage to explore here. Watch out for the no-wake zones around the lake, and keep your eyes peeled for quirky local restaurants where you can park your boat and grab a bite!
Lake Greenwood is one of the most popular swimming holes in town, so you can expect to see plenty of other RV campers cooling off from the South Carolina humidity in the summer. Certain zones of the lake prohibit swimming, but most areas permit swimming at your own risk. Always keep your eyes peeled for dangerous wildlife while in the lake. Leeches and even the occasional alligator call these murky waters home!
History buffs visiting Lake Greenwood State Park in their rig during the temperate off-season can check out the park's museum and conference center, which is open year-round. The John and Holly Self Drummond Conservation Education and Conference Center houses an informative exhibit which details the park's origins as a Civilian Conservation Corps project created by the New Deal. The conference center is also a popular venue for weddings, meetings, and corporate functions.
During the rare times of year when it's too cold to fish, boat, or swim at Lake Greenwood, RV visitors to the park can try their luck at hunting down the geocache at the park. Lake Greenwood State Park is one of 47 state park geocaching destinations and part of the SC State Park Geocache Challenge. Cell phone coverage is typically strong throughout Lake Greenwood State Park, but you can always stop by the conference center or park office to connect to Wi-Fi and download the geocache map before setting off.
Since South Carolina typically enjoys mild temperatures all year long, birdwatching enthusiasts can break out the binoculars even in the wintertime to see what they can spot. Ducks and geese are common, while rarer sightings include eagles and great blue herons. Warblers also migrate to Lake Greenwood during the fall and winter months.