As you are heading to South Carolina for a motorhome camping trip, consider visiting the Lake Greenwood State Park for an amazing camping experience in the wild. Located in the town of Ninety Six, this upstate park is spread over 900-acres and is known for hosting the annual South Carolina Festival of Flowers Triathlon held every June. For those without their own rig, book an RV rental in Greenwood County to make it easy to explore the park and its surrounding areas, including the cities of Laurens, Honea Path and Calhoun Falls, all within a 25-45 mile radius of the park.
An interesting nugget of information about the park lies at the very entrance to the park-a half-completed rock wall. The Civilian Conservation Corps was responsible for building the structures inside the park, and while they were building the wall to the park, Pearl Harbor was bombed by the Japanese, and the boys left what they were doing to go fight the war. The wall still stands as it was left that day, in 1941, more as a reminder of the sacrifices of soldiers during the war. During your state park RV camping trip to Lake Greenwood, you’ll see many fine structures still standing and in use, a testimony to the great architecture and building techniques of the young soldiers.
While summer is the best time to camp out in your rental motorhome at Lake Greenwood State Park, the colors of the park come to life during fall as autumn leaves start making an appearance. But irrespective of what season you choose to visit, you’ll be in for a treat when it comes to outdoor recreation. The Scenic Shoreline Trail is a four and a half-mile long, moderately trafficked loop trail that is perfect for all skill levels of hiking. If you’re taking your dog along with you on the hike, remember to keep a leash on. For a shorter and easier hike, try the Greenwood Lake Nature Trail, covering less than a mile, and passing through pine and hardwood forest. Keep a lookout for ducks and water birds along the shore.
Anglers get to enjoy fishing for crappie, bass, bream, perch, catfish, and stripers. There’s a small fishing pier that allows easy access for fishing. Make sure you have a valid South Carolina fishing license to fish in the lake. Don't have your fishing rod or reel into your rental RV, no problem, you can borrow one from the park office.
There are two boat ramps that provide access to Lake Greenwood for boating. Feel free to bring your canoes and kayaks too, as the water is perfect for any kind of water-based activities. The lake is good for swimming too, but remember, there are no lifeguards on duty and there is no designated swimming area. Just be careful to steer clear of swimming near the boat ramps, dock and the fishing piers.
Camping at Lake Greenwood State Park
Park your RV rental at Lake Greenwood State Park since the campground is pretty well equipped to suit your camping needs. With over 120 paved sites, the facilities include pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, water, 30 and 50 amp electric service, a dump station, picnic tables, and fire grills. Restrooms and hot showers are available too. Keep in mind that a camping reservation can only be made for a minimum of two nights, and all reservations must be made through the park. Pets are welcome in most areas of the park, though it’s advisable to keep your pets on a leash.
Whether you plan to rough it out in a tent or rent a camper near Lake Greenwood State Park, you could always opt to camp at the Moon Landing RV Park and Marina, with over 70 sites offered with plenty of camping amenities. There are pull-thru sites, full hookups, 30 and 50 amp electric service, water, sewers, dump station, big rig access, WiFi and cell phone coverage. Restrooms and showers are available too. This is a pet-friendly site so bring your pets along.
Exploring the Area
A Greenwood County camper rental will do you well on your adventures through the area. The next stop on your trip after the Lake Greenwood State Park should be the neighboring city of Greenwood, a little over fifteen miles from the park. An interesting mix of attractions and events make Greenwood a one-of-a-kind place to visit. If you time your visit to the month of June, you’ll be in time for the South Carolina Festival of Flowers, with the Signature Safari Topiary Display being the prime attraction. And its much more than just flowers, as there are concerts, photography competitions and fairs for arts and crafts.
If you’re a ‘Blues’ fan, then don’t miss the Festival of Discovery held every July. It’s a weekend packed with Blues music, concerts, food, and performances highlighting the history and traditions of the region. Don’t miss the great Barbecue cook-offs!
On a historical note, consider a visit to the Ninety Six National Historic Site, the location of the first land battles of the Revolutionary War. Try and catch reenactments of the war held every April, while the month of October has a candlelight tour of the park, showcasing the park’s stunning autumn foliage.
How about spending the day on a farm? Your kids will love it! Head to Emerald Farm on the edge of the city of Greenwood and make the most of hands-on experience of working on a dairy farm. Take an educational tour around the herb garden and don’t forget to stop by at the Soap Factory and Gift Shop.
When it comes to food, Greenwood gives you lots of options. It’s always a great idea to try out some famous southern comfort food! With many family-run eateries, getting a good meal anywhere in the city is pretty easy. Once you’ve explored the city, top up your RV rental at one of the gas stations before driving back to the campsite.