Lake Hartwell State Park
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Introduction

As a fisherman’s delight you can camp with your RV along the water at Lake Hartwell State Park. This tree-filled park features a 115 full RV hookups sites within the campground. Located conveniently near I-85 in Fair Play, South Carolina, the area provides easy access for visitors including any travelers hauling a fully-loaded 40-foot rig. The state park sits near a reservoir bordering the states of Georgia and South Carolina and is created by Hartwell Dam. A freshwater angler’s dream, Lake Hartwell is known as one of the largest recreation lakes in the Southeast. There are miles up miles of shoreline to cast away making it easy to leave the RV and catch your dinner. The Bassmaster Classic is held annually at this location attracting thousands of visitors in the spring. A good fishing habitat for common bream, catfish, smallmouth bass, walleye and largemouth bass including the most popular species - striped bass the options are endless. You will enjoy camping at this state park as you participate in the many different water activities including boating, water skiing, and fishing. Take a break with a picnic overlooking sunset at this breathtaking lake and let the children play on the park’s playground or hit the trails for a hike for a bit of exercise. There is so much to do and many more ways to relax while you’re here. Pack a bag, get on the road and head to Upstate, South Carolina today!

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Transportation in Lake Hartwell State Park

Driving

Travel with your camper to Lake Hartwell with ease as it is located directly on the South Carolina and Georgia border, off of Interstate 85 and the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway. Known as the gateway to South Carolina’s mountain country, this area makes for a great panoramic drive in your RV. There are paved roads within the state park but be cautious when you drive the grounds. The curves are not too tight for a large RV to navigate but be advised that there are areas where the road does become narrow to travel. Due to the state park’s proximity to the large cities of Atlanta, GA (100 miles southeast) and Greenville, SC (47 miles northeast) as well as Clemson University, traffic on the weekends can be busier than during the week. Plan your trip accordingly, especially on a Clemson University home football game day. The park is only a short drive away and a perfect place for a weekend escape or a week-long vacation, get here today!

Parking

Fairly accessible to the Interstate, the state park’s entrance is about a mile from I-85. Many of the RV camping sites provide a level pad that can accommodate a 40-foot trailer and does allow pull-through and back-in parking. However, you may want to bring leveling blocks to make your trip more enjoyable. There is a dump station located onsite near the playground at the exit.

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Campgrounds and parking in Lake Hartwell State Park

Campsites in Lake Hartwell State Park

Reservations camping

Lake Hartwell State Park Campground

Release your stress as you explore Lake Hartwell State Park. With great scenic views from the campsite, you’ll be glad you brought your RV to this tranquil place. Have the unique experience of having a waterfront view at one of the 115 paved sites. There are a variety of waterfront and woodsy locations with some providing either pull-thru or back-in parking. Make sure to double check the campground site that you want before arriving as the concrete pads do vary in size.

Campers are provided with electricity, water, a fire ring, and grill. There is a restroom facility with flush toilets and hot showers that is a short walk away. Visitors boast about a quick check-in process and loved the park store and availability of drinking water. A dump station, boat ramp and laundry facilities are also at the park.

Lake Hartwell State Park boasts spacious sites that provide enough privacy to let you enjoy your nature retreat under the spacious shade of the forest. The campground provides a perfect place to watch a majestic sunset after a fun day out on the water. Perfect for a weekend getaway or a week-long vacation, you’ll love camping with your RV at Lake Hartwell State Park.

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Seasonal activities in Lake Hartwell State Park

In-Season

Bassmaster Elite at Lake Hartwell

Perfect for any fishing fan, the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Hartwell is not an experience to miss. Founded in 2006, this event is considered the highest level of professional bass fishing tournaments, making it popular among freshwater fish fans. Attracting over 140,000 fans to the Lake Hartwell area during the springtime, RV reservations are a must. Bring your camera and a chair as you watch the best pro anglers in the world and meet passionate fans of bass fishing.

Fishing

Catch your breakfast or dinner at Lake Hartwell State Park! If you love to fish or want to try the activity, Lake Hartwell is the place for you. Grab your fishing rod and some tackle from the camp store through the park’s Tackle Loaner Program before you set out for the Lake Hartwell fishing pier. The largest lake around, this is a popular place to catch bream, catfish, smallmouth bass, walleye and largemouth bass including the popular striped bass. Fishing is a perfect activity for all ages to enjoy relaxing to music while taking in the scenic views.

Water Sports

Have fun on the water and get a little workout in at this popular South Carolina Lake. Bring your boat, kayak, canoe, or Jet Ski as the state park has many boat ramps to use by visitors. Go out and explore this recreational lake of nearly 1,000 miles of shorelines. The Lake Hartwell area is the place to be to enjoy a little sun and fresh air. Get outside - you’ll be glad you did!

Off-Season

Hiking the Beech Bluff Trail

Pack your hiking boots and feel yourself relax as you travel the nature trail that surrounds Lake Hartwell. Have a few moments of peace and serenity for you and explore this short, hilly, out and back dirt path trail. Great for viewing the variety of South Carolina’s wildlife including foxes, a variety of birds and an abundance of wildflowers that surround the state park. With the scenic views of the lake, you will want to bring your camera to capture memories that you’ll want to remember for a lifetime.

Bird Watching

Grab your binoculars and experience a pleasant day birding around Lake Hartwell! View some of the unique birds to the South Carolina and Georgia area. The best spot to watch for birds is along state park’s nature trail. Take a camera to capture photos of Common Loons, Horned Grebes, Ring-billed Gulls, and many more other birds of prey. A great way to de-stress, take a moment to identify some amazing species while you visit Lake Hartwell State Park in your camper!

Geocaching

Join the world’s largest, coolest treasure hunt and explore several places you’ve never been to at Lake Hartwell State Park! Perfect ways to get in a little exercise with a challenge as you capture several of the geocaches sites within the park. Get the whole family together as adventures still continue within this Southeastern Park. Enjoy the thrill of victory as you find the different locations - we can’t wait to see what you find!

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