Review of Twin Lakes Campground and Recreation Area in Pendleton, South Carolina

Twin Lakes Campground

A markerTwin Lakes -
140 Winnebago Trail, Pendleton, SC 29670, USA
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Overview of Twin Lakes Campground

Boat Ramp
Boating
Dock
Electric Hookups
Dump Station
Picnic Shelters
Grills
Playground
Beach areas
Swimming
Restrooms/Showers
Fishing

Twin Lakes Campground Contact Information

Mailing Address:

TWIN LAKES (SC)
140 WINNEBAGO TRAIL
PENDLETON SC 29670

Phone Number:

Information: (888)893-0678

Designated swim area at 2nd beach in Twin Lakes
Designated swim area at 2nd beach in Twin Lakes | Source

Things To do at Twin Lakes

As a local, I will tell you, if you are looking for some fancy place to pull your RV to or some pristine blue lake to swim in, this is NOT it! Hartwell is a brown muddy lake. Now I don't say that in a negative way, but I want to prepare you if you aren't use to this type of lake. Thankfully the swimming areas have been prepped with sand so no icky bottom for your feet to touch. The sand goes as far out as the buoys.

There is also a play ground near the swimming area. So if you are just doing a day at the lake and happen to have a young child like me, it is a good transition to get your child a little closer to the car so you can actually leave without a melt down at the end of a long day of sun and fun!

Fishing is good in Lake Hartwell. The lake has plenty of large mouth bass, bream, crappie, and striped bass. We seem to have the best luck catching bass and bream.

If you are looking for things to do away from the camp ground I want you to know that you will sort of be in the middle of nowhere. Clemson is about 5 miles away and will provide the basics for you. If you just need a gas or groceries Pendleton is about 5 minutes away. Pendleton offers one grocery store, a Bilo, several gas stations, Burger King, Bojangles, a Family Dollar, and a liquor store. If you are looking for better food my suggestion would be either grab something to grill out when you get back to Twin Lakes, or make the drive to Anderson which is about 20 minutes away and offers a Walmart along with every major restaurant.

Lake Hartwell

Lake Hartwell is a man made lake. All of Lake Hartwell makes up 76,000 acres, including the islands. It stretches into Georgia and South Carolina. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages 9 campgrounds at Lake Hartwell for a total of 524 campsites. Most of the campgrounds include restrooms, showers, boat ramps, playgrounds, electric and water hook ups, docks, camping, and designated swimming areas

Reservations

If you want to camp at any Lake Hartwell camping location, payment in full will likely be charged to your credit card at completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities so call in if you don't want to risk paying $9 more. They accept all major credit cards. There is a $10 cancellation fee.

The Yellow PVC helps remind the children not to go too far out and the water depth indicator can prepare your children for the swim.
The Yellow PVC helps remind the children not to go too far out and the water depth indicator can prepare your children for the swim. | Source
Get away from the kids and take your float outside of the designated area for some real relaxation!
Get away from the kids and take your float outside of the designated area for some real relaxation! | Source

Camping and Admission Prices, Hours, and Rules at Twin Lakes on Lake Hartwell

Single family sites are $22 and the double sites are $46 per night. The gate opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 10:00 p.m. All single sites accommodate one RV and any number of tents that can fit on the impact pad. They do require that all pets remain leashed or penned at all times for your safety and theirs. Alcohol is prohibited like it is at most camp grounds, but what you have inside your RV or tent is not regulated.

Day use is $4 per car. You can leave and come back as many times as you want throughout the day. Just don't lose your receipt and keep it in your front window. $4 for a full day of fun is worth it.

All money goes toward keeping these parks open and operational so definitely not a bad deal!

Eat, drink, sun tan, or just find a shady sandy spot to relax and read a book on the nice beach!
Eat, drink, sun tan, or just find a shady sandy spot to relax and read a book on the nice beach! | Source
Take a break from the sun. Find a shady bank to re;ax and fish off.
Take a break from the sun. Find a shady bank to re;ax and fish off. | Source

Overall Review of Twin Lakes, Lake Hartwell, SC

Because I live just a couple minutes away from this Lake Hartwell camping and recreation area, my opinion may be a little biased. I like the place. It has two beach areas so it gives me the chance to pick the least crowded one for my family. The playground right next to the parking area lets us load our car easily while the youngest in our family has one last thing to do before leaving. The restrooms are right across from the first swimming area. This again makes my life much easier with a 3 year old. The big plus for my husband is the sandy bottom in the designated swimming areas so he doesn't have to walk out in the "mushy bottom parts".

There are also life jackets provided at the second beach area. These are free to use and there are usually plenty of them to go around to all the people who use them.

The rangers do their jobs and maintain a nice park. Unlike some other places we have visited, these rangers make sure that everything is clean and respected.

If you are looking for a good place to relax, swim, tan, grill out, or just hang out with the family, it is a good place to do all of that. If you are looking for a place that is affordable to stay while visiting Clemson, this camping spot is near Clemson University.

All in all I love it!

End the day by returning back to your camp site.
End the day by returning back to your camp site. | Source

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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Looks like a great place, peeples. :) I envy you and your kids being out in the sunshine. Winter, rainy and cold in my part of the world right now!


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I've never been to South Carolina, but as the rain falls here, it looks pretty darned inviting right now. :) Glad you had a good time and oh, yes, nice review. Have a great weekend.


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peeples 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

LTM, Winter never sounds fun! Thanks for reading!

Bill, In the Southeast I have to say SC is my favorite place to be. Surrounded by lakes, mountains, and beaches all within a short drive with nice weather almost year round! Thanks for stopping by!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

That looks like a great spot, peeples. Not too crowded and you have trees to escape from the sun when it gets too hot. You're fortunate to have such a nice getaway close to home.


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peeples 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

It is indeed a great spot. Kind of hard to tell the kids they can't go to the lake when one is 5 minutes away and two others are 20-30 minutes away! Thanks for reading!


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OhMe 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

I have lived in Pendleton most of my life so enjoyed reading this great review of the Twin Lakes Campground. There are some wonderful restaurants and shops in Pendleton, too, and always something going on. In 2015 we will be celebrating our 225th anniversary and it is a full year of activities. I wrote a lot about Pendleton on Squidoo and anxious to have my lenses transition to Hubs.

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