South Carolina mountain state parks?

Discussion in 'Campground / Trip Planning & Suggestions ?' started by clynches, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. clynches

    clynches New Member

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    I was wondering if anyone has stayed at any of the following South Carolina state parks and what you thought of them?
    1.) Oconee
    2.) Devils Fork
    3.) Table Rock
    4.) Keowee-Toxaway - also this park says it is trash free and you have to pack out your trash, is this really the case, no trash cans or dumpsters?
    Thanks for your help.
    Christina
     
  2. sewserious

    sewserious New Member

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    I live within an hour of all four! None of these parks have very large sites, some have larger ones than others, but for my own personal standards they are on the smallish side.

    We drove through Oconee when we first moved here about 3 years ago, and I don't remember much about it. We haven't camped there yet, but I remember I wasn't impressed enough to have taken the time to go back.

    Devils Fork is nice with some pretty decent sites. It is a pretty park and a pretty campground. Don't let the park map fool you though, you may show the campground on the lake, but you can only get a glimpse of it through the trees at a few sites, and the campground is way up on the side of the mountain above the lake. There is no lake access in the campground. The left-hand loop is, IMHO, the prettiest and had NO ONE camping in it at all last Sunday when we drove through there.

    Keowee-Toxaway is average. Clean, a few larger sites; but, again, you are high up on the hill from the lake and can only get a glimpse of it through the trees on a few sites. Yes, the park is trash-free, even in the picnic areas and the restrooms! You have to take every little speck of trash with you, (even if you blow your nose in the restroom, you have to carry it out!). I am not impressed enough to stay there. Forgot to add, the reason for the no-trash rule is to discourage bears, so be prepared to take the proper precautions around your campsite if you camp there. There isn't a bear problem that I know of, but there are bears in the general area.

    I personally don't care much for Table Rock, as far as the campground is concerned, but I LOVE the rest of the park. It has the most to offer by far as far as activities (in season at least) and is very pretty. I prefer the White Oak section of Table Rock, bigger sites, though some of them are pretty steep and the best ones go quickly. The other section is too crowded and cramped for my taste. Lots of people love it, but I hate feeling like a sardine in a can. We camped one night there last year in the White Oak section, but we have no desire to go back to camp again. We just do day-use and either go from home or camp elsewhere.

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    Edited by - sewserious on September 16 2007 19:02:33
     
  3. clynches

    clynches New Member

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    Thanks for your thoughts and opinions, that gives me some things to think about.
    Christina
     
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    Will give you an opinion on Table Rock after this weekend... we're driving over Fri afternoon for a long weekend. We usually like the old CCC parks they have a lot of character. I promise pix!!

    Whoops! Sorry, actually posted my response in the "Let me tell you about my trip" section of the forum. My bad. The link to the pix is there as well.

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    Edited by - Hothand on October 22 2007 10:48:45
     

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