Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and on the shores of Lake Hartwell, our area has lots of natural and man-made activities. You'll need more than one day to see and do it all!
Lake Hartwell covers 56,000 acres with 962 miles of shoreline and is one of the largest lakes in the Southeast United States. It is known for its championship bass fishing but hybrid bass stripers weighing 10-15 pounds are not uncommon. Bring your own boat, enlist the services of a fishing guide or rent a boat and try your luck!
If hiking is your thing or just looking at Mother Natures beauty, head to the mountains, just 30-45 minutes from the campground. The Palmetto trail has 350 completed miles of trail. Some of it is good for biking as well (Swamp Rabbit Trail near Travelers Rest SC). There are 26 jumping off points ranging from 1.3 to 47 miles which connect state and county parks, national forests, nature preserves, wildlife management areas, Revolutionary War battlefields, Native American paths, urban to rural areas, swamps to mountains, maritime to sand hills to the piedmont areas of South Carolina.There are easy to moderate and strenuous levels of difficulty which are accessible for day trips, weekend hikes or longer treks.
The three upstate counties of South Carolina have hundreds of waterfalls, some short and wide, others long and narrow. Where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Cherokee Foothills, streams and rivers come tumbling off the Blue Ridge Escarpment, through Jocasee Gorges around Lake Jocasee and into a landscape of rolling hills dotted with lakes to form these waterfalls. For waterfall nirvana, head to Oconee County in the northwest corner of the Palmetto State. Known as the Mountain Lakes region, Oconee County contains the Upstate's highest concentration of waterfalls. Falls in the county worth seeking out are Bee Cove Falls on Bee Cove Creek, Long Creek Falls where Long Creek runs into the Chattooga River, and Yellow Branch Falls in the Yellow Branch Recreation Area. Pickens County doesn't have the number of waterfalls that Oconee County does, but a couple worth checking out are Laurel Fork Falls and Twin Falls. A rare urban waterfall can be found in Greenville County in the heart of downtown Greenville. The Reedy River flows under the Main Street bridge before cascading over Reedy Falls in the middle of a city park with walkways on both sides and a pedestrian bridge crossing over the river downstream of the falls. In the north part of the county, Caesars Head State Park is the place to go to take in the 420-foot Raven Cliff Falls from overlooks accessed via a two-mile long trail.
Explore the downtown Anderson area by walking. There are three routes that will get you out and moving. Take the "Healthy" Route (3 miles), the "Civic" Route (1 mile) or the "Cultural" Route (2 miles) .
The three mile Healthy Route is the longest route and links to several health and fitness facilities.
The Civic Route is named such for the many governmental agencies that are along this one mile route.
The Cultural Route is two miles; here you will find many art, museum and theatre destinations.
No matter which route you choose there is much to see and admire along the way; our beautiful historic buildings, courtyards, fountains and many public art installations. Have fun on your way; count how many fish or wrens you see. You can also gain wisdom by reading our Wise Walks that are etched in our sidewalks.
Our local area is known for great bass fishing and other lake activities. Enjoy your time at our campground and spend a day at nearby Hartwell Lake boating (rental pontoons available at a nearby marina) or swimming or jet skiing. Note: we do not have access to the lake but Portman Marina is just six blocks from the campground where you can launch your boat for a nominal fee.
One of the largest flea markets in the Southeast is just 20 minutes from the campground and is open all year on Saturdays and Sundays. Even if it rains a large portion of the market is indoors!
Hiking and waterfalls are just 45 minutes from the campground in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is always interesting to visit the fish hatchery or tour the South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University. The kids will enjoy the Bob Campbell Geology Museum with its glowing rocks and moon rocks.
Ask for our "Points of Interest" map or the driving tour of some local covered bridges!