Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lake Hartwell State Park - South Carolina

We attended our first Wally Byam Caravan Club International Rally last year. We were able to join the WBCCI Region Three caravan to the Rally and that helped make that long journey more fun. 

When we decided to attend the WBCCI International Rally this year, our first thoughts were to travel again with the Region Three caravan. One of the big differences this time was that we didn't have to travel 1,500 miles, as we did to get to Farmington, New Mexico. Instead, Lewisburg, West Virginia, was a mere 640 miles. While the Region Three caravan wasn't going to cover as many miles as last year, it had several fun excursions planned along the way, so, once again, we said we wanted to join the group. 

The plan was to take our time in joining with the group. Instead of putting in one long and tiring day, we decided to travel two half days. High on our wish list was to get through Atlanta when it wasn't rush hour. We also wanted to start our second travel day with Atlanta in our rear view mirror. 

Between the directions on our GPS and the tips on avoiding traffic delays from the WAZE iPhone app, we managed to make it through Atlanta without slow downs or incidents. 

There was a Corp of Engineers park that we wanted to camp in for the night. The reviews on All Stays were positive and it appeared that many sites were along a lake. About 45 minutes away, we noticed that this campground was about 20 miles off the Interstate. We were tired and the idea of adding more travel time to our day was rapidly loosing appeal. 

Once again, the All Stays app found a state park just a few miles off I-85 and we were there in a few minutes. 

Lake Hartwell State Park is just over the Georgia border as you travel into South Carolina. We were pleased to see that it was very wooded and most sites had shade. Arriving midweek without reservations, we were fortunate to get a nice site along the lake. 

Rosie's campsite in Lake Hartwell State Park

It doesn't take long to setup when you are simply spending the night. We didn't uncouple Rosie, our 25 foot Airstream Trailer, from the truck.

Suzy, our seven month old Yorkie puppy made it clear that she needed to burn off some energy and convinced us to take her out for a walk around the park. It was easy to see that this is a park that families love to visit. There is a lot to like at this state park.

Suzy seems to be uneasy with the "wolf: display

Family Selfie

The condition of the bathhouse is one of the things that needs improvement in this park. You expect rustic accommodations at state parks, but you expect them to be clean. They weren't. You could tell that the "essentials" we're glossed over on a somewhat regular schedule, but there were dead bugs inches away from the sink moments after the cleaning crew left. Add the growing crop of spider webs where you would not expect to see them to the dead bug collection and you end up concluding that keeping the park clean is a low priority.

Here are a few specifics about this park:
  • The park is located along a beautiful lake.
  • Our site had 30 and 20 amp electrical service. (We had to be careful both connecting and disconnecting electrical power because of an active wasp nest inside the power box.)
  • Our site had water connection, but no sewer connection.
  • There was a dump station in the park.
  • We could only find one TV signal while in the park and this was a PBS station.
  • AT&T placed a strong 4G signal over the park.
  • This is a pet friendly park. 
The lake

Rosie with the lake in the background

Another view of the lake

View of the lake
Our campsite

Original watercolor painting by Becky of our campsite

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