The best camping near Elijah Clark State Park

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Discover lakeside natural wonders and Revolutionary War history at this Georgia state park.  

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3 Creeks Camp and Nature Preserve

14 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Anderson, SC
This Property was purchased by Grandfather in the 70s  and then was passed to my Mother. In 2013 I decided to live life differently and start from the ground up building with natural materials and found materials. At that time I was fortunate enough to have the land passed to me and I started building a home for myself and to be close to my mothers home nearby. After achieving the basics I decided that the best use of this beautiful land was to create a place for people to relax and enjoy, a park like environment dedicated to preserving natural beauty and amplifying it through a permaculture lifestyle. 8 years later I am blown away at how far the dream has become a reality and love sharing my space with people from all over the country.
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Serenity on the Saluda

2 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Honea Path, SC
Just a small piece of God's creation right on the Saluda River. Come and enjoy the solitude and serenity of this spot on the Saluda River, surrounded by thousands of acres of forests and farms. Camp on the river, in the field or overlook the river from the high bluff in the old growth forest.  The gravel road going down to the river is finished, I drive my Honda Civic down daily and no issues (very low clearance). Kayaking from Holiday Dam to the camp site is incredible. The trip takes about 3.5 hours with lots of shoals and rapids. You can also kayak or tube from the camp site to Erwin Mill bridge in a little over an hour. This is more of a river float with just a couple rapids, but equally as beautiful.
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Smith Farm

3 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Danielsville, GA
Convenient to Athens and near the south fork of the Broad River, this beautiful land features ponds, meandering streams, and amazing views. Enjoy fishing, exploring, or just relaxing in this special place. Veterans, active military, and first responders receive a free night. Message for details!
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Big Creek RV Park of Saluda SC

12 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Saluda, SC
Big Creek RV Park of Saluda SC is a private lodging establishment offering short term sites to campers, transient guest and outdoor enthusiast who desire rest, relaxation and recreation. The fringe land is old farm land now being repurposed for outdoor activities. The RV Park is the developed part of an old Farm planted in pines bordering Big Creek/Lake Murray.
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Lizardsniffer

4 sites · RVs, Tents160 acres · White Plains, GA
Lizardsniffer is a working horse farm with a variety of rental cabins and RV slips. We DO allow tent camping. Each RV slip has water, septic, 50 amp service and Wifi. An Amenities Cabin is provided for use by all RV site guests. The cabin includes a full-sized washer/dryer, a full bathroom with bidet, and an oversized jacuzzi tub. Guests must sign-up for a 4-hour timeslot. The cabin is available for use between the hours of 8am-8pm. Many of our RV sites feature private fenced paddocks for people bringing their horses or dogs. Horse visitors require all current paperwork (Coggins, etc.). Dog visitors must be social and friendly and thus are allowed to explore the farm with their owners off-leash if desired. The property includes miles of trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. Bring your own horse or experienced riders may be able to ride one of ours (subject to weight/experience matching with a horse). There is a small private stocked lake open to all guests of Lizardsniffer for fishing and swimming. At the lake you will find an amenities cabin called Glowy Bobber that has a full bathroom and outdoor shower as well as Kayaks and floats for guest use.
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Leach Homestead

10 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Johnston, SC
Our site offers 50 beautiful rolling acres of forrest, field, and ponds. The ponds are stocked for fishing and there is a sandy beach for swimming and building sand castles. There are many trails throughout the property. You will have your choice of primative sites and we also have a small apartment if you prefer sleeping indoors with a bathroom and shower. Friendly pets are welcome. We offer free kayak use or 4wheeler rental. Running through our property is the historical Mine Creek wich played a part in events of the Civil War. https://www.carolana.com/SC/Revolution/revolution_mine_creek.html You can find several historical markers in the area.
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Primitive riverside camping

2 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · Ware Place, SC
Learn more about this land:One can expect a wonderful wilderness experience at Earthganic Farm’s riverside camping. The path down to the sites is drivable in a truck, SUV, or van. There’s always the option to park up at the house and walk down (it’s a ten minute walk from the house to the river) and if you let us know ahead of time, we can bring your camping stuff down for you. We have two single kayaks that we rent for $15/day and you can put them in right on property and kayak up and down the river. There are walking/dirt biking trails through pine forest and nice hardwoods down by the river. The brave can take dips in the river. Just down the street there is a boat access ramp for canoes, kayaks, and flat bottom boats.
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Camp Clatworthy

7 sites · RVs, Tents1000 acres · Honea Path, SC
Free use of kayaks and a canoe on an undeveloped 18 acre lake is included when you camp here. Several miles of trails, dirt roads and streams wind through hundreds of acres which you are free to explore. The property has been owned by members of our family for 75 years or more with areas of it family-owned since the 1800's. A large portion of the property is dedicated to sustainable loblolly pine forests dating back to the 1980's. A significant area of the property is dedicated to native hardwood forest and has some of the oldest and largest white oak, poplar, elm and shortleaf pines in the upstate. The remainder of the property is pasture; home to Black Angus cattle. We look forward to sharing this unique property with you!
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Big Water Marina & Campground

46 sites · Lodging, RVs84 acres · SC
Big Water Marina is a full-service facility that provides an unspoiled oasis for all types of lake lovers. Located on the largest expanse of open water on Lake Hartwell, the marina is one of the most accessible spots for visitors to fully embrace the atmosphere of the lake — on and off the water. Campers can enjoy the best of lake livin' with a stay at our waterfront campground. With over 40+ RV sites, including full hook-up and partial hook-up sites, and access to free wi-fi, fire pits and picnic tables there are so many ways to camp *your way*. Our campground also features a Tiny Cabin Village with 6 new cabins. Each cabin accommodates between 4-6 guests and includes kitchen/dining areas, bedrooms and/or lofts, full bathrooms, and a porch so you can enjoy a family vacation or an escape with friends. In addition, our property boasts a variety of top-notch amenities that are available to our guests. Spend a day on the water with our selection of watercraft rentals, which includes pontoon boats, kayaks, paddle boards and hyrdobikes. Rentals come equipped with all necessary safety gear and are available to rent for the full day or a half day, so you and your crew can explore the lake at your leisure. Visitors can also enjoy some family-friendly fun at Splash Island, our newest recreation area with access to the Wibit inflatable obstacle course as well as lounge areas set on our sandy waterfront beaches. Big Water Marina & Campground provides campers with a lakeside getaway + gorgeous views and full access to our ship store, boat ramps and docks during each stay. Throughout warmer months, visitors can also enjoy an afternoon on land at our lakeside bar and grill (open seasonally). Dine by the water or catch incredible sunsets at their rooftop bar.
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Deerfield Farms

7 sites · RVs, Tents48 acres · Mitchell, GA
Learn more about this land:Deerfield farms is a quiet property west of Historic Augusta Ga. Home of the Masters very secluded and private. Less than two hours east of Atlanta and less than 2 and half hours from Savannah.
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Broad River Retreat

1 site · Tent6 acres · Comer, GA
Located on the beautiful Broad River, summer offers views of kayakers and tubers floating down the river, close enough to see, but far enough away to feel alone. Eagle spottings and colorful landscapes make this retreat a camper's heaven. Learn more about this land: 20 minutes from downtown Athens. A quarter mile down a winding dirt drive will open up to a beautiful scene of river and nature. Quiet solitude and you are at one with this piece of heaven. Keep your eyes open for the bald eagle. If you are agile enough, climb down the terrain to the river for an early morning bath or fish for lunch. This site is a singular rental. You will have it to yourself. You may choose to camp with friends in which there is space for an Rv and a pull behind or two small rvs. It can also be used to tent camp. There is a small shed with a full bunk on bottom and a twin on top. A table with two chairs and electric fireplace. There is in addition, a small A/C unit in the shed. It is a small space with nothing but outlets and a small refrigerator. You will need to bring all of your essentials. Pillows/Sheets/Linens/towels are not provided. The bath house is steps away. You will need towels/rags/soap/toilet paper and all essentials. It is merely a toilet, sink, and shower. There is a Weber charcoal grill available on site. Bring your essentials. You will need to bring your own firewood.. The driveway to the site is marked with the 1793 address sign on Davids Home Church rd. If you are driving N/NW on David's Home Church Rd, it is exactly 2 miles on the right from where you turned onto the road. If you are traveling E/SE on David's Home Church Rd, it is exactly 1.7 miles on the left from where you turned onto David's Home Church Rd. The gate will be closed, please close the gate back when you leave. Please take advantage of the Broad River outpost to rent kayaks/canoes/tubes. Also The Sandbar is located minutes away and they also provide rentals as well as zip lining. Royston has a grocery store and fast food.
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Untamed Honey Glampsites

6 sites · Lodging10 acres · Lincolnton, GA
The newest trend of glamping, short for glamourous camping has redefined roughing it. Let the stars be your nightlight as you fall asleep listening to the sound of crickets serenading you. In the morning you wake up warm and cozy in your luxury comfort bed. At Untamed Honey Glampsites, you can have both. Embrace nature without giving up the comforts of home. Our hive consists of six unique luxury Luna Bell Tents nestled among the Georgia pines on the tranquil shores of ClarksHill Lake in historic Lincoln County. You will have all the modern conveniences and amenities mixed with the simplicity and peacefulness of the great outdoors. Globally, glamping is exploding, and we are committed to providing you with an unrivaled experience. With a variety of different sleeping accommodations, all with their own unique personalities, we know you will find the perfect fit for you! Whether you are reuniting with your best friends, reconnecting with family or having a romantic getaway, we can’t wait to help you plan a beautiful escape. We offer a boutique style glamping experience.
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The best camping near Elijah Clark State Park guide

Overview

About

Perched on the western shore of Clarks Hill Lake, one of Georgia’s largest lakes, Elijah Clark State Park takes its name from Revolutionary War hero Elijah Clark. A history lesson is top of the agenda for park visitors, so follow in the footsteps of the pioneers at the Log Cabin Museum, before heading down to the sandy swimming beach to cool off with a swim. Getting on the water is also a must, whether you bring your own boat, rent a kayak or canoe, or go fishing and hiking around the lakeshore. Campers can choose between RV sites, hike-in tent sites, and cozy cottages.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for lake views: The main Elijah Clark State Campground has 172 tent, trailer, and RV sites with space for up to 40’ trailers and full hookups available. 
  • Best for hikers: The Walk-In Campground provides tent-only camping just off the trail, plus a bathhouse, picnic tables, and fire rings.
  • Best for glampers: The 20 Lakeside Cottages sleep up to eight people and have air-conditioning, heating, and kitchenettes.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve campsites and cottages at Elijah Clark State Park via the Reserve America website. 
  2. Online reservations open up to 13 months in advance and can also be made for same-day arrivals. 
  3. Campsites can book up fast for summer and holiday weekends, so book at least three months in advance.

When to go

The mercury soars in Georgia during the summer months, making it the perfect time to cool off at the lake in Elijah Clark State Park. Alternatively, come in autumn to admire the fall foliage and spot wildlife—this is the best time to see bald eagles, white-tail deer, and foxes. The park is busiest from April through November, but the campground stays open year-round.

Know before you go

  • Elijah Clark State Park is a 10-minute drive north of Lincolnton and 40 miles northwest of Augusta, about a 1-hour drive away.
  • A ParkPass is required for entry to all Georgia State Parks, and campsite booking fees also apply. 
  • Pets are permitted at Georgia State Parks, including on most trails and campsites, but should be kept on a maximum six-foot-long leash at all times. Dogs are not allowed in swimming areas.
  • Facilities at Elijah Clark State Park include restrooms, picnic areas with barbecues, a playground, a boat ramp and fishing pier, two swimming beaches, a miniature golf course, and kayak/canoe rentals.
  • There are accessible restrooms, campsites, fishing piers, and picnic sites at Elijah Clark State Park.

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