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J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake

Recreation - Corps Campgrounds

BIG HART
Park Information
Big Hart Campground is located at the confluence of Big Creek and Hart Creek on the western end of beautiful J. Strom Thurmond Lake, the largest Corps of Engineers lake project east of the Mississippi River. Twelve miles from Thomson, Georgia, and approximately 40 miles from Augusta, Georgia, this campground has 31 water/electric hook-ups (50-amp), all spacious and shaded. The campground is adjacent to Big Hart Day Use Area, which includes a swimming beach, picnic sites, shelter (reservable), playground, and boat ramp. Big Hart features a group camp area, which includes a large picnic shelter with 30-amp electrical service and 7 campsites suitable for RV's with water/electric hook-ups (50-amp.)

Important Information
Family sites range from $22-$24. Campsites will accommodate one RV and tents are limited to impact pad capacity. The group area capacity is 84 people and the fee is $154 per night. The group area has a shower/restroom facility with hot water and electricity. Public use of alcohol is prohibited. Pets allowed if penned or leashed. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

Directions
From I-20, take Exit 172 (Thomson/Hwy 78) north 8 miles on Highway 78 to Russell Landing Road. Turn right and travel east 4 miles to campground. Go here for GPS coordinates to campground.

Interactive Map: Just simply open the Interactive Map and Click on a campsite number below to view the photograph of that site.

Printable Campground Map (PDF format)
Reservations: www.Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777

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BUSSEY POINT
Park Information
Enjoy nature at its finest. Located at the entrance of the Bussey Point wilderness recreation area - a 2,545 acre peninsula on J. Strom Thurmond Lake - the campground provides a relaxing getaway for the nature enthusiast whether it is hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. The Bussey point horse trail was created by horseback riders, for horseback riders. This trail circles the peninsula and is 12.5 miles long. Along with the horse trail there are an additional 20 miles of roads and trails located within the area that are welcome for use by all (no motor vehicles please). Located within the area are 15 food plots, six hike/bike/ride/boat in camping picnic sites, and several natural beaches. Ample deer and turkey inhabit the area along with other mammals and birds to provide one of the best opportunities on the lake to view wildlife in its natural setting. Adjacent to the area is a campground that has 14 primitive campsites without water or electrical, however there are picnic tables, fire rings, and grills located at each campsite. In addition, all 14 campsites are capable of accommodating campers with horses. There is also a boat launching ramp, hand pump for drinking water, and rustic toilets located throughout the area.

Important Information
Sites are $6 payable at an honor vault located at the campground entrance. Each campsite has a grill, picnic table, and fire ring.

Directions
From the Hwy. 47 Little River Bridge in Lincoln Co. GA, go north 1.8 miles and turn right on Ashmore-Barden Rd. Go 3 miles to stop sign and turn right on Double Branches Rd. Go 3 miles until pavement ends. Continue straight on dirt road 0.5 miles to check station and parking area. Go here for GPS coordinates to campground.

Interactive Map: Just simply open the Interactive Map and Click on a campsite number below to view the photograph of that site

Printable Campground Map (PDF Format)

Reservations are not accepted for this campground

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HAWE CREEK
Park Information

Hawe Creek Campground is located one mile from the Dorn Boating and Sportfishing Facility, the largest boat launching and sportfishing facility in the Southeastern U.S. Near South Carolina State Parks, Hickory Knob and Baker Creek, Hawe Creek is also five miles from historic McCormick, SC, where shopping, restaurants, and visitor information are available. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the nearby courses at Hickory Knob State Park and Savannah Lakes Village. Savannah Lakes features a residential development, an 80-room lodge, restaurant, and marina, within five miles of Hawe Creek. The campground has 28 campsites with water and 30-amp or 50-amp service hook-ups. Two accessible shower/restroom facilities, dump station, and a boat launching ramp are available.

Important Information
Sites range from $22-$24. Public use of alcohol is prohibited. Pets are allowed if penned or leashed. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Sites accommodate two tents or a RV and a tent.

Directions
From the junction of U.S. Highway 221 and U.S. Highway 378 in McCormick, SC, go SW on U.S. 378, then south 4 miles on Chamberlains Ferry Road. Road ends at campground. Go here for GPS coordinates to campground.

Interactive Map: Just simply open the Interactive Map and Click on a campsite number below to view the photograph of that site.

Printable Campground Map (PDF format)

Reservations: www.Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777

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LEROYS FERRY
Park Information
Leroys Ferry is located 5 miles south of Historic Willington on the South Carolina Heritage trail. The ultimate out of the way camping experience the park has ten primitive campsites without water or electrical hookups. However there is a boat ramp with security light, rustic toilets, a hand pump for drinking water, and nothing but the quiet sound of nature as you relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and congested campgrounds.

Important Information
Sites are $6 payable at an honor vault located at the campground entrance. Each campsite has a grill, picnic table, and fire ring. A boat ramp with a security light, rustic toilets, and a hand pump for drinking water are located within the campground.

Directions
From the junction of U.S. Highway 221 and U.S. Highway 378 in McCormick, SC, go North on SC 28 and turn left onto SC 81, Follow for approximately 12 miles to the town of Willington (don’t blink) follow the signs to the campground. Go here for GPS coordinates to campground.

Reservations are not accepted for this campground

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MODOC
Park Information
Modoc Campground is a short 5 miles from the Thurmond Visitor Information Center and Dam. Within the campground, two peninsulas jut out into the lake, each with water front sites and beautiful, expansive views of the lake and surrounding forest. Three shower facilities serve the 70 sites, as well as a launching ramp, playground and hiking trail.  Most sites include water hook-ups and 30-amp or 50-amp electrical service.

Important Information
Camping fees range from $18-$24 per night. Sites accommodate two tents or a RV and a tent. Pets are allowed if penned or leashed. Public use of alcohol is prohibited. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

Directions
From I-20, take exit 200 (River Watch Parkway). Turn right; drive 2 miles to Furys Ferry Road (Hwy. 28 West). Turn right; drive 13 miles to Clarks Hill, SC. Continue northwest on Hwy. 221 for approximately 4 miles to campground entrance sign, turn left. Go here for GPS coordinates to campground.

Interactive Map: Just simply open the Interactive Map and Click on a campsite number below to view the photograph of that site.

Campground Map (PDF format)
Reservations: www.Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777

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MOUNT CARMEL
Park Information
Located in the Old Ninety-Six Tourism area in South Carolina, Mt. Carmel Campground is remote and quiet. Many of the campground's sites are a stone's throw from the shoreline at Thurmond Lake. Thirty-nine of the sites are equipped with electric (50-amp) and water. The remaining 5 sites are for tent camping. Two boat launching ramps are near by, one just outside and one inside the campground for campers only. Locally known as Hesters Bottom, Mt. Carmel provides a perfect place for campers who truly want to get-away-from-it-all.

Important Information
Site fees range from $18-$24 per night. Pets are allowed if penned or leashed. Public use of alcohol is prohibited. Gates open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m. Sites accommodate two tents or a RV and a tent.

Directions
From I-85, take Exit 11 near Hartwell Lake, and take Savannah River Scenic Highway (Hwy 24, to Hwy 187, to Highway 81) south approximately 51 miles. The campground is approximately nine miles south of Calhoun Falls, SC. Turn left at campground sign. Go here for GPS coordinates to campground.

From I-20, take exit 200 to River Watch Parkway. Turn right; drive 2 miles to Furys Ferry Road (Hwy. 28 West). Turn right; drive 13 miles to Clarks Hill, SC. Continue northwest on Hwy 28/221 to McCormick, SC. Go northwest 15 miles on Hwy 28, turning on to Hwy 81 five miles north of McCormick. Campground sign is in Mt. Carmel, SC. Follow road to campground.

Interactive Map: Just simply open the Interactive Map and Click on a campsite number below to view the photograph of that site.

Printable Campground Map (PDF format)
Reservations: www.Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777

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PETERSBURG
Park Information
Nearest campground to Augusta, GA, Petersburg is the largest Corps of Engineers campground on J. Strom Thurmond Lake. Boasting 93 sites, most with water and 50-amp electrical service, this campground is open year round. Two swimming beaches, a fishing pier, a hiking trail, a pond, and a first-come-first-serve picnic shelter provide for plenty of recreation opportunities right in the campground. A boat ramp for campers gives access to the 70,000 surface acres of water of Thurmond Lake. Nearby Lake Springs Day Use Area offers group shelters, playgrounds, a three-lane launching ramp, and numerous beaches. Petersburg is 4 miles from the Thurmond Dam and Visitor Center.

Important Information
Site fees range from $18-$24 per night. Pets are allowed if penned or leashed. Public use of alcohol is prohibited. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Sites accommodate one RV and tents are limited to impact pad capacity.

Directions
From I-20, take GA Hwy 104 (Washington Rd.) approximately 20 miles to intersection with U. S. Hwy 221 at Pollard's Corner. Turn right and travel two miles NE on Hwy 221 to campground sign. Turn left on paved road to campground. Go here for GPS coordinates to campground.

Interactive Map: Just simply open the Interactive Map and Click on a campsite number below to view the photograph of that site.

Campground Map (PDF format)
Reservations: www.Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
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RAYSVILLE
Park Information
Raysville Campground is located on Georgia's Little River section of J. Strom Thurmond, the largest Corps lake east of the Mississippi River. Just nine miles from Thomson, GA, Raysville is all-electric: all 55 sites are equipped with electric(50-amp), and water, hook-ups. Within a mile is the Amity Recreation Area, with numerous beaches, picnic shelters and sites, and ball field. Each July 4 holiday, a local boat club sponsors fireworks at Amity, and Raysville offers some of the best seats to see the show.

Important Information
Site fees range from $22-$24 per night. Pets are allowed if penned or leashed. Public use of alcohol is prohibited. Gates open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m. Sites accommodate one RV and tents are limited to impact pad capacity.

Directions
From I-20, take Thomson Exit 172 (Hwy 78) north 3 miles, turn right on Hwy 43. Go 5 miles to campground sign, turn left into campground. Go here for GPS coordinates to campground.

Interactive Map: Just simply open the Interactive Map and Click on a campsite number below to view the photograph of that site.

Printable Campground Map (PDF format)
Reservations: www.Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
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RIDGE ROAD
Park Information
Out on the peninsula where Ridge Road ends is one of the first campgrounds on J. Strom Thurmond Lake. Ridge Road still has some of the most beautiful views from campsites on Thurmond Lake. Sixty-three of the 69 sites are equipped with water and electrical services (50-amp). The remaining six are for tent camping located on a beautiful peninsula. Watch for resident deer on the way to Ridge Road. This narrow peninsula is home to many deer families – most of the land on the five mile stretch of Ridge Road is restricted from hunting.

Important Information
Family site fees range from $18-$24 per night. Pets are allowed if penned or leashed. Public use of alcohol is prohibited. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Single family sites accommodate one RV and tents are limited to impact pad capacity.

Double sites are $44 and full payment is required for the site despite the number of camping units. Double sites accommodate two RVs and tents are limited to impact pad capacity.

Directions
From I-20, take Exit 199, turn right (NW) on to Washington Road (Hwy 104). approximately 17 miles to Ridge Road. Turn right and follow Ridge Road to the end at the campground. Go here for GPS coordinates to campground.

Interactive Map: Just simply open the Interactive Map and Click on a campsite number below to view the photograph of that site.

Campground Map (PDF format)
Reservations: www.Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
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WINFIELD
Park Information
Winfield Campground is located on GA's Little River, near GA's Mistletoe State Park. Winfield has 80 sites with electric (50-amp) and water hook-ups. The sites are varied and most are directly on the water. On a visit to Mistletoe State Park, visitors may use nature trails, visit a nature center, and probably see deer grazing within view of park roads.

Important Information
Site fees are $24 per night for single sites.  These sites accommodate one RV and tents are limited to impact pad capacity. Pets are allowed if penned or leashed. Public use of alcohol is prohibited. Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. 

Directions
From I-20, take Exit 175 (Hwy 150) north approximately 7 miles to campground sign. Turn left and follow signs to campground. Go here for GPS coordinates to campground.

Interactive Map: Just simply open the Interactive Map and Click on a campsite number below to view the photograph of that site.

Printable Campground Map (PDF format)
Reservations: www.Recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777
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