Anderson / Lake Hartwell KOA

Located among tall southern loblolly pines in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, our campground is a gateway to a host of nearby treats.

Your family might enjoy Stumphouse Tunnel and nearby Issaqueena Falls or whitewater rafting on the river made famous in the movie Deliverance. Take a picnic lunch and go lake swimming at a recreation area or rent a pontoon boat on nearby Hartwell Lake. Explore the Jockey Lot, known as the South's largest flea market, or visit the town of Pendleton - the entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a scenic drive on a highway that follows old Cherokee footpaths, visit beautiful Clemson University just 15 miles away, and stop in to see the South Carolina Botanical Garden. Try your best at one of several challenging golf courses or go for a hole-in-one at the KOA's mini golf course. Maybe you'll find long-lost relatives through your genealogy searches in nearby libraries or history museums.

But perhaps you are just traveling through and don't have time to check out the area this visit.  We are just 1 mile off I-85 and are perfect for your stop over when you have to go through Atlanta (approximately 1 and 1/2 hour away).  Get a good sleep and prepare to face Atlanta or relax after coming through at the end of your driving day!

We have cable TV on RV sites and deluxe cabins and some camping cabins as well as free WiFi.

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Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 65' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (5/22 - 9/11)
  • Propane ($)
  • Mini Golf ($)
  • Firewood ($)
  • Pavilion
  • Dog Park
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Ways to Stay

KOA Holiday

KOA Holiday Campgrounds

Whether you’re exploring the local area or hanging out at the campground, KOA Holidays are an ideal place to relax and play. There’s plenty to do, with amenities and services to make your stay memorable. Plus, you’ll enjoy the outdoor experience with upgraded RV Sites with KOA Patio™ and Deluxe Cabins with full baths for camping in comfort. Bring your family, bring your friends, or bring the whole group – there’s plenty of ways to stay and explore.

KOA Holidays Feature:

  • RV Sites with a KOA Patio™
  • Deluxe Cabins with full baths
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Group meeting facilities

Local Area

Helen, Georgia

Located about 1 hour and 15 minutes from our campground, Helen is one of the most visited towns in Georgia and is made to look like a German Alpine village. Authentic German restaurants, as well as many gift shops, make up the downtown area. The true attraction to Helen is Oktoberfest, a six-week party that runs from mid-September to early November. For more information, visit www.ourupst online.

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Covered Bridges of the Upstate

Take a driving tour in 90 minutes or less and you can visit the early 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries through four bridges (and a restored grist mill) along the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Drive.

First, visit historic POINSETT BRIDGE, the oldest bridge in South Carolina. Built in 1820 of locally quarried stone, it was one of three bridges on the Old State Road, a toll road from Charleston to Asheville, N.C.

At the junction of Scenic Hwy 11 with Highway 101 and State Road H912, take H912 for 1.6 miles; turn right on Callahan Mt. Road; go 1.1 miles (pass by Camp Old Indian on the right). This 19th Century bridge is on the right .2 mile past the Boy Scout camp entrance.

The bridge features stepped parapet sidewalls and a graceful 15-foot Gothic arch over Little Gap Creek, a small tributary of the North Saluda River.

Next up is BALLENGER'S MILL & COVERED BRIDGE, a privately owned wooden bridge with a tin roof. Spanning a south prong of the Middle Tyger River, the late 20th century structure sits near a restored mill originally built in the 1820s by Lewis H. Dickey, the largest landowner in the area. Visitors are welcome to drive through the picturesque property and cross the bridge.

Heading east on Hwy 11, take Glassy Road, located .1 mile east of the Cliffs at Glassy entrance, south for 1.8 miles (NOTE: DO NOT take Glassy Mountain Road which turns from the Byway at Glassy Mountain Baptist Church). Turn right on Old Ballenger Mill Road, go one-half mile.

Farther east on Hwy 11 is the KLICKETY-KLACK BRIDGE, the handiwork of two guys and a tractor named “Old Blue.” In full view of motorists driving along the Cherokee Foothills Byway, the wood structure spans a wide drainage expanse next to the driveway that leads to Look Away Farms.

Owner Don Spann recruited his buddy Troy Coffey to help him build the covered bridge in 2000 as a gift to the Dark Corner area of upper Greenville County. Spann designed the intricate pattern of beams, rafters and vertical supports that ensures the integrity of the structure.

To create a nostalgic feel, he set the floor timbers of the bridge in a scattered pattern resulting in the namesake “klickety-klack” sound you hear when you drive your car over them.

Feel free to walk through the pedestrian pass way or drive your car over the bridge, circling around the asphalt roadway back to the scenic highway.

This 21st Century covered bridge is located on the north side of the Scenic Hwy 11, at the Look Away Farm entrance, 2.3 miles west of the junction of the Hwy 11 and Highway 14 at Gowensville.

Finally, your last stop will be CAMPBELL'S COVERED BRIDGE in the small rural town of Gowensville. Built in 1909, it is the sole-surviving covered bridge in South Carolina.

The pine structure measures 35 feet long and 12 feet wide and features a four-span Howe truss system with diagonal timbers and vertical iron rods. Permanently closed to traffic in 1980, it earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

Continuing east, at the junction of the Hwy 11 and Highway 14 at Gowensville, take Hwy 14 south for 2.2 miles; turn right on Hwy 414 and go one mile; bear left on Pleasant Hill Road and go .1 mile to the entrance to Campbell's Covered Bridge Historic Park on the right.

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Split Creek Farm

Located just 10 minutes from the campground, Split Creek is a goat dairy farm which produces and sells 'all natural' goat milk products including cheeses, milk, fudge and soap as well as antiques and locally produced folk art. The farm is listed as an agricultural tourism stop on the SC Heritage Corridor . In late April they have their annual "Spring Means Babies" event where you can see lots of little goats or kids plus local craft and food vendors. But, visitors are welcome to visit anytime. Additional information is available at the Split Creek Farm website.

3806 Centerville Road

Anderson, SC 29625

864-287-3921

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Pendleton Historic District

The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most visited little towns in America. When visiting Pendleton, be sure to stop at Hunter's Store which features an arts and crafts shop, bookstore and genealogy research library. In the town square is the Farmer's Society Hall. It is the centerpiece of the town, built in 1828.  The town hosts two special events.  The biggest is the Spring Jubilee, usually held the first weekend in April.  The other is the Fall Harvest Festival held the first Saturday of October.  The town of Pendleton is just 10 minutes from our campground.

Lake Hartwell Country

125 E Queen St

Pendleton, SC 29670

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