Local Area Recreation Near Anderson / Lake Hartwell KOA Holiday
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. The campground office can provide you with a list of many waterfall hikes ranging from easy to strenuous.
If biking is your thing, there are both paved and mountain bike trails in the Upstate SC area. One of the most popular is the Swamp Rabbit Trail near Travelers Rest. This is a multi-use 22 mile paved trail. The Doodle trail will take you from Easley to Pickens on an 8 mile paved trail and includes two bridges on the old Doodle railroad line. And in the Anderson area is the Fant's Grove mountain bike and hiking trail. The Fant's Grove trail system is part of Clemson Experimental Forest and the trails range from fast singletrack and short, steep climbs, to dirt and gravel roads.
Explore Downtown Anderson
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.
Local Area Activities
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!