Parks & Campgrounds

Guide To The Lake

All parks and recreation areas at the lake are open for daytime visitors, and most parks have tent and RV campgrounds for overnight stays.  A few also offer waterfront cabins or cottages. 

 

Wildwood Park & Campground
Appling
Run by the Columbia County Recreation Department, this 975-acre park is open year-round and located 1.5 miles from Pollard’s Corner. It includes 61 RV and tent campsites ($20 per night per RV and $10 per night per tent), 6-lane mega boat ramps, camper storage ($30 per month), shower and restroom facilities, docks, beach area, 7 covered pavilions ($150-$200), 3 championship disc golf courses ($5-$6 per day), playgrounds, fishing, weigh-in station and horse riding trails. Home of the International Disc Golf Association Headquarters and Hall of Fame.

Park admission is $3 per car, truck or motorcycle per day or $30 for an annual unlimited admission pass; $6 per day for a vehicle with a boat/watercraft ($30 annual pass); $20 per day per bus and $6 per day for vehicles with a horse trailer. Seasonal passes and senior discounts available. For park pass information and camping reservations, call (706) 541-0586 or register online at columbiacountyga.gov.

Amity Recreation Area (no campground)
Lincoln County
Boat ramp, fishing pier, comfort station, drinking water, picnic area, 3 picnic shelters, beaches and swimming area, playground, nature trails, baseball field, dock. Entrance fee is $5 per car. Annual pass is $40. 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. For shelter reservations, call (706) 359-4444

Baker Creek State Park
McCormick
50-site campground with water and electricity ($20-$27 per night), primitive group camping area available, restrooms, showers, 10-mile mountain bike trail, nature trail, boat ramps, fishing, picnic area and shelters, grills, drinking water, pavilion, volleyball, basketball, horseshoe pit, ranger station, dump station, camp store. (864) 443-2457 

Below Dam Recreation Area (no campground)
McCormick County
Across from Thurmond Visitor Center. Boat ramp, comfort station, drinking water, picnic area and shelters, mini shelters, fishing pier, playground. No swimming or wading due to strong currents. Entrance fee is $5 per car. Annual pass is $40. 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. For shelter reservations, call (864) 333-1147

Big Hart Campground & Recreation Area
Thomson
31 waterfront campsites with water and electricity ($24-$26 per night), showers, flush and vault toilets, swimming beach, drinking water, picnic sites, picnic shelter with large grill ($75/day), playground, boat ramp, dock, fish-cleaning station, dump station. Entrance fee is $5 per car. Annual pass is $40. (706) 595-8613

Broad River Park & Campground
Lincoln County
Single, double and triple campsites available with water and electricity ($20 each); boat ramp; restrooms; showers; fish-cleaning stations; dump station. Admission is $5 per car. Annual park pass $40. (706) 359-2053

Bussey Point
Lincolnton
14 waterfront primitive campsites large enough for living quarter horse trailers ($6 per night), highlines for tethering horses, picnic area, fire rings and grills, hiking trails, mountain biking, beaches, boat ramp, central well with hand pump for drinking water, more than 20 miles of well-marked wooded equestrian trails and natural surfaced roads for riding, free parking. (864) 333-1100

Cherokee Recreation Area (no campground)
Lincolnton
Boat ramp, dock, restrooms, picnic area, picnic shelters ($75 per day), drinking water, playground, nature trails, swim beach. Entrance fee is $5 per car. Annual park pass $40. 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Just across Little River Bridge. (706) 359-5525 or (706) 359-5523

Clarks Hill Park Recreation Area (no campground)
McCormick
Boat ramp, dock, fishing pier, fish cleaning station, picnic areas, picnic shelters ($10-$125 per day), mini shelters ($10-$20 per day — no electricity), drinking water, restrooms, 2 swimming areas, hiking trails. Entrance fee is $5 per car. Annual pass is $40. 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. For shelter reservations, call (877) 444-6777

Clay Hill Campground
Lincolnton
10 campsites with water and electricity ($20 per night), 7 primitive campsites ($18 per night), $40 annual park pass. Showers, restrooms, boat ramp, fishing, grill, firepit, picnic area, free parking. Located on the north side of Georgia’s Little River section. Shoreline offers excellent fishing for bluegill and other species of bream. (706) 359-7495

Eddie Fletcher Memorial Park (no campground)
Lincolnton
Boat ramp, picnic area, swimming beach, restrooms. Open 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Located at Soap Creek. (706) 359-7970

Elijah Clark State Park
Lincolnton
165 RV and trailer sites ($30/site/night), pioneer camping ($35 and up), 10 walk-in tent sites ($20), 20 cottages ($150), 4 picnic shelters ($30), 2 group shelters ($80-$200), miniature golf ($4), canoe and kayak rentals ($15 for 4 hours or $25 for all day), boat ramps, fishing pier, fish-cleaning station, playgrounds, swimming beach, picnic areas, hiking trails, geocaching, trading post camp store, educational programs. (706) 359-345 

Gill Point Recreation Area (no campground)
Lincoln County
Boat ramp, dock, picnic area, picnic shelter, drinking water, restrooms. Entrance fee is $5 per car. Annual pass is $40. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. For shelter reservations, call (800) 533-3478 

Hamilton Branch State Park
Plum Branch
173 waterfront campsites with water/electricity ($21-$27 per night), 11 tent sites with water only, primitive group camping area, restrooms, showers, boat ramps, fishing, playground, picnic area, shelters, bike trail, dump station. (864) 333-2223 

Hawe Creek Campground
McCormick
34 waterfront RV and tent campsites with water and electricity ($24-$26/night), showers, flush and vault toilets, boat ramp, drinking water, trash collection. Five miles from Hickory Knob State Park. (864) 443-5441

Hesters Ferry Campground
Lincoln County
16 waterfront RV campsites with water and electricity ($18 per night), 10 waterfront tent campsites ($16 per night), showers, restrooms, picnic area, dump station. Located on Fishing Creek, which is known for some of the best fishing on the lake. (706) 359-2746

Hickory Knob State Resort Park
McCormick
44 RV and tent campsites with water and electricity ($22-26 per night), 16 duplex cabins ($88-$120 per night), 76 lodge and motel rooms ($72-$100 per night), barracks for up to 13 people ($130-$172 per night), Guillebeau house ($97-$135), showers, boat ramp, dock, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, playground, swimming pool, restaurant, store and gift shop, hiking and mountain bike trails, lakeside championship golf course, practice putting green, tennis, archery, skeet shooting, meeting rooms ($125-$170 per day), convention center ($210-$280 per day), meeting barn ($310-$384 per day), Wi-Fi. Open 24 hours. (800) 491-1764

Keg Creek Wildlife Management Area (no campground)
Appling
Two miles from Pollard’s Corner. Open to hunting seasonally (hunting and fishing license required), interpretive trail, fishing, hiking, bird watching, canoe access, picnicking, observation tower, boat ramp, dock. (706) 595-4222

Lake Springs Recreation Area (no campground)
Appling
Three miles from Pollard’s Corner. Boat ramp, dock, fishing pier, fish-cleaning station, drinking water, restrooms, picnic areas, 4 picnic shelters ($75-$125 per day), 13 swim beaches, playground, volleyball, horseshoe pits, walking and biking trails, Bartram Trail entrance point. Entrance fee is $5 per car. Annual pass is $40. 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. For shelter reservations, call (800) 533-3478

Mistletoe State Park
Appling
93 RV, trailer and tent sites ($27-$32 per night); 3 backcountry campsites ($10); pioneer campground ($75); 4 walk-in campsites ($15); tent cabin (sleeps 4 – $55 per night); 11 cottages ($150-$165/night); 4 picnic shelters ($35/day); 2 group shelters ($75-$155); beach house (seats 75 – $95-$250); boat ramps; canoe rentals; fishing; dock; swimming beach; biking and hiking trails; bird watching; geocaching and planned park activities. (706) 541-0321

Modoc Campground
Modoc
68 waterfront RV campsites with water and electricity ($18-$26 per night), showers, flush and vault toilets, coin-operated laundry facilities, boat ramp, playground, hiking trails, picnic shelter, drinking water, dump station. Five miles from Thurmond Visitors Center. (864) 333-2272

Parksville Recreation Area (no campground)
Parksville
Boat ramp, fish-cleaning station, picnic area, 2 shelters ($50-$125 per day), 2 beaches, playground, ball field, restrooms. Entrance fee is $5 per car. Annual pass is $40. 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. For shelter reservations, call (800) 533-3478

Petersburg Campground
Appling
94 waterfront RV and tent campsites ($18-$26 per night), most with water and electricity; showers; flush and vault toilets; drinking water; boat ramp; swimming beaches; fishing dock and cleaning stations; hiking trail; playground; picnic shelter; coin-operated laundry facilities; dump station; trash collection. Four miles from the Thurmond Visitors Center. (706) 541-9464 

Plum Branch Yacht Club
Plum Branch
63 waterfront RV campsites with water and electricity, primitive campsites, covered and uncovered moorage and dry storage, fuel, boat ramp, beach, ship’s store, Lakeside Grill restaurant, bathhouse, restrooms, pavilions. (864) 443-3000

Pointes West Army Resort
Appling
58 waterfront campsites with water and electricity ($14-$20 per night); 20 waterfront campsites with electricity only ($10 per night); primitive campsites ($7 per night); waterfront cottages, cabins and rustic motel suites; camper rentals; pontoon boat rentals; beach; picnic tables; grill; fire ring; country store; swimming; playgrounds; bathhouse; boat ramps; fishing; boat storage sheds and slips; camper storage; camping equipment rental; conference center; 10 pavilions; hiking with Bartram Trail access. Military or government ID required. (706) 541-1057

Raysville Campground
Thomson
55 campsites with water and electricity ($20-$24), boat ramp, firepit, grill, showers, TV/cable hookup, dump station. Within a mile of Amity Recreation Area that has numerous beaches, picnic shelters and ball field. (706) 595-6759 

Ridge Road Campground
Appling
63 RV campsites with water and electricity, plus 6 tent sites ($18-$26 per night); showers; flush and vault toilets; drinking water; boat ramp; playground; swimming beach; picnic area; fish-cleaning station; dock; grill; firepit; coin-operated laundry station; dump station; trash collection; TV/cable hookup. (706) 541-0282

Soap Creek Campground
Lincolnton
30 RV campsites with water and electricity, primitive camping, 5 lakeside cottage rentals, slip rentals, electrical hookups, water, boat ramps, fuel, restrooms, bathhouse, ship’s store, beach, picnic area, hiking trails, event center and meeting rooms, free wireless Internet. (706) 359-4100

West Dam Recreation Area (no campground)
Appling
Restrooms, picnic areas, playgrounds, shelter ($125 per day), 10 mini shelters ($10 per day), 7 beaches, fishing, Bartram Trail entrance point. Entrance fee is $5 per car. Annual pass is $40. 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m. One mile from Thurmond Visitors Center. For shelter reservations, call (800) 533-3478

Winfield Campground
Appling
80 RV and tent campsites with water and electricity ($26 per night), showers, flush and vault toilets, boat ramp, beach, drinking water, playground, dump station, ice and camping essentials available for purchase at the gatehouse. Located on the Little River near Mistletoe State Park. (706) 541-0147