SC/GA - State parks on the border lakes

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  1. twolarsons

    twolarsons Charleston, SC

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    Has anyone stayed at any of the State Parks along the border lakes between GA and SC.
    IE: Lake Hartwell SP, Sadlers Creek SP, Calhoun Falls SP, Baker Creek, Hamilton Branch SP.
    I was looking at going up there and I've heard that Hickory Knob State Park (SC) campground wasn't nice (steep sloped sites, CG three miles from the rest of the park). What's the nicest State Park on the lake? Hamilton Branch looks pretty cool - all sites out on a penisula in the middle of Thurmond Lake. I don't have a problem crossing the border into GA if there's a nicer place over there but I'd prefer SC so I don't have to buy another fishing license.


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  2. gatorbait

    gatorbait Upstate, SC

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    Have you looked at the COE campgrounds?? I have not stayed at any in SC but they are usually top notch. There are several on Hartwell.

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    Calhoun Falls is top notch, the biggest sites I have ever stayed at. Lots of privacy, more waterside sites than not. I was extremely impressed with this CG and highly recommend.http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/1652.aspx

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    Im interested in Sadlers Creek on Lake Hartwell SC (GA).
    Anyone have any information about which are the desirable sites to get?

    I've got little ones that like to play in the water so prefer shallow entry.

    I noticed there are a few miles of MTB trails... any good?

    -A
     
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    I believe your SC fishing license is good in GA and vice a versa.
     
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    Eric, your SC license is good on any water that borders on both states. The ACOE CGS are really nice, but a lot of them close in the fall. Check out Petersburg COE just across the dam on the GA. side of lake Thurmond. They stay open year round, large wooded sites, mostly pull through, beautiful area.
    Good luck, Mick
     
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    Check out Tugaloo SP in Ga. Right off of I-85 right at the border.
    http://www.gastateparks.org/net/go/parks.aspx?LocationID=23&s=0.0.1.5
     
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    you are right about the Hickory Knob sites although i drove through the campground recently and it looked like they had some sites roped off to work on, and hopefully improve. We love Calhoun Falls and also Springfield, near Anderson on Lake Hartwell. that one is ACOE, and has pictures of each site on the federal reserve site.
     
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    We live in North Augusta SC, about 20 minutes from Strom Thurmond Lake. We camp a lot and have a boat, so we've visited a lot of the campgrounds surrounding the lake. IMHO, the COE campgrounds are the best. Personally, I love Modoc, and they've got some great sites that have good water access. If you decide on that one, let me know and I can help you pick a good site. I think we're going there this weekend :)

    As for Petersburg COE, it's very nice, but almost always booked. If you get lucky and find a spot there, most prefer the first loop (sites 1 -25 I think). There's a nice beach area and bathhouse in that loop. There are some other good sites, but some are pretty close together, so be aware.

    Ridge Road is another good COE campground. Just stay on the side facing SC (GA side has a LOT of red clay/mud--not good for swimming unless you like your legs and feet orange!) Bathhouses aren't as great, but there are some beautiful lake sites. Again, I can help you with this if you choose to go here. We're going with a big group in June, so join us! Oh, and bring some Ajax to put all around your camper--last two time we've camped here we've encountered ants.

    As for Hamilton Branch State Park, I'd say it's ok. Friends of ours love it, but the bathhouses seem to be out of service more than in. But there's plenty of them, so if one's out you can always just drive to the next. On the positive side, the sites are big and private, and the lake access is great. There is a train that's nearby, so be prepared to hear that. And they used to have a problem with loud music/campers, but we visited our friends there last weekend and all was quiet. One worry is that they don't seem to lock the gate at night. We left at midnight and it was wide open--rather scary since you're back in the woods all alone [!]

    If you decide to camp at any of these, let me know and I'll recommend a good shady site! Happy camping [:D]
     
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    We just got home from a nice weekend with friends at Tugaloo SP, GA. The lake was just beautiful - we Do have to figure out how to get the canoe on the pup. (It just won't go on the conversion van's roof, even if we could hoist it up there. . . )

    The cg is pretty, kids loved the playground, and they had a nice Nature Hut, too.

    We'll definitely go back! [KK]
     

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