If you like camping in the woods and not being too far from town, this is a nice state park with a lot of activity opportunities, including kayaking, biking, and horseback riding. However, I couldn’t get past a few things that dampened my enjoyment of the 4 nights we spent here. I’ll start with the good though. There are approximately 7,000 acres with many hiking trails — some for people (and dogs) only, some for bikes, and some for horses. There are 2 campgrounds, a lake, a little store, picnic area, and horse arena and horse stables where you can camp with your horses.
Two unsettling things were constant gun shots nearby and SC Dept. of Corrections workers everywhere all day long. In fact, I was originally in a more secluded lake spot with no phone service and asked to be moved the next morning to a more populated site with better service on the other side of the road. The workers were just making me a little too nervous with their constant staring and I felt like they were following me around. Nobody who’s trying to enjoy a quiet camping trip in nature should have to worry about their safety or being hassled. Fortunately, the person in the office was gracious enough to give me another spot, no questions asked.
Besides no cell service, the lake side campsites are all small and not very level, with the exception of 3 pull thru’s. If you don’t need more than 25-30 feet, you don’t mind leveling, and you can live without cell phone service, the lake side is pretty and peaceful. If you prefer to be level or need more room, or you need 50 amp, you might be better off in Campground 1, still very nice and rustic but not by the lake.
This is a great place to walk your dogs as there are numerous short and long hiking trails. But more than once, I ended up walking 2 miles or more holding full poo bags until I came back to my site. There are no trash cans anywhere, including the day use picnic area and by the office. And, the dumpsters are on the way out. To prevent unwanted trash on the grounds, it might be prudent for the State Park to consider placing trash cans or Dog Waste Stations in at least several of the spots where trailheads or picnic tables are.
- Inexpensive (about $20-$22 a night)
- In the woods; lots of nature trails
- Well stocked store with souvenirs too
- Onsite camping hosts in both campgrounds and at the horse stables
- Seemed like most sites were not level
- Sites in Campground 2 were very small
- No cell service in Campground 2
- No trash cans anywhere and the only dumpsters are on the way out
- Shooting nearby daily
- Dept of Corrections workers blowing leaves around, etc. all day long
- Bathrooms were not clean and I didn’t feel safe using the showers