Review of Camping and Swimming at Sadlers Creek State Park in Anderson, SC

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Sadlers Creek State Park Contact Information

940 Sadlers Creek RD Anderson, SC 29626 Phone: 864-226-8950 sadlerscreek@scprt.com To make a camping reservation, call toll-free 1-866-345-PARK (7275).

Camping at Sadlers Creek State Park Anderson, SC

"Enjoy camping on the waterfront of Lake Hartwell. 52 sites are packed gravel with individual water and electrical hookups. Some of the sites accommodate RV's up to 40 feet. While tent campers may use the water and electrical site, a designated tent camping area includes central water, sadly most are not actual waterfront like the RV sites, so if you can I would pay the extra for the RV site. The campground is convenient to restroom facilities with hot showers."

This camp ground is a large campground with many sites, however if you are planning a trip during a holiday weekend you may find it hard to get a reservation unless you book way in advance. I have actually seen some of these campgrounds fill up more than 6 months in advance for a holiday weekend. So don't be fooled by the number of sites, which may sound like a lot compared to some of the other South Carolina state parks.


Where is Sadlers Creek State Park?

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Sadlers Creek State Park, Anderson, SC 29626, USA
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Reservations at Sadlers Creek State Park

  • To make a camping reservation, call toll-free 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or make it online by clicking Park Reservation. Camping reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights.

  • Standard Sites with Electricity & Water : 52 sites rent for $15-19/site/night

  • Designated Tent Sites : 14 sites rent for $11-13/site/night

As I stated before, most of the designated tent sites are not waterfront, so you may want to consider paying the few extra dollars for the RV site. Really none of the sites are priced too high so this shouldn't make much of a difference.

While the website makes it sound like the sites are easily accessible, a large class A RV is not going to get in easily. If you are driving a fifth wheel, Class B, Class C, or a small Class A you should be fine though. I have noticed that most of South Carolina state parks are really not set up for large Class A Rvs, however if you are a more long term experienced driver you may be able to navigate easier. I certainly would not recommend Sadlers Creek state park to someone new at driving a large Class A.

Overview of Amenities at Sadlers Creek State Park

Camping
Swimming
Fishing
Playgreounds
Horeshoes
Volleyball
Basketball
Biking Trails
Walking Trails
Huge Pavilion
Shelters
Boating

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The nice fishing pier at Sadlers Creek State Park.
The nice fishing pier at Sadlers Creek State Park. | Source
Beautiful View from right beside the boat ramp at Sadlers.
Beautiful View from right beside the boat ramp at Sadlers. | Source
Where the mud is, there should be water, and the trees on the other side are suppose to be on an island. We can now walk to the island.
Where the mud is, there should be water, and the trees on the other side are supposed to be on an island. We can now walk to the island. | Source

Things To Do at Sadlers Creek State Park

My husband and I had a blast here. Normally we take all the kids with us when we head to the lake for the day, but this time we did the lake trip with just the two of us. We went on a Sunday, rather early in the day and stayed until 4pm.

There are horseshoe pits near the office that we used for over an hour. Volleyball is just around the corner on the opposite side of the office. They even have a basketball court (dirt). Sadlers Creek has grills at many of the tables near the office.

Bring your bike for rides on the 5.4 mile loop, or take a short walk on one of the two easy short hiking trails.

My husband and I mostly swam and played horse shoes. We grilled out and relaxed and enjoyed the quiet setting. We did find a good little fishing spot where we caught a few nice sized Bream. The lake is known for great Bass also.

If you have a boat this is a nice little spot to put your boat in. It seems a little less crowded than many of the other boat ramps around here.

Lake Hartwell

Lake Hartwell is a man made lake bordering both Georgia and South Carolina. The lake is close to 56,000 acres! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages 9 campgrounds at Lake Hartwell. They also have another 15 Corps managed recreation areas for people who want to spend the day (or maybe just an hour or two...) at the lake. Because camping is not allowed within these areas, they are commonly referred to as "day use" areas. In addition, the Corps manages 29 "access" areas on Lake Hartwell. Access areas are smaller recreation areas that usually have a boat launching ramp only, however, some may have restrooms and picnic tables. Many of these will have great places to fish and sometimes even places to swim (though not designated). There are also four state parks, five marinas, and several city/county recreation areas located around Lake Hartwell for everyone to enjoy!

Toddler Playground is in the day use area.
Toddler Playground is in the day use area. | Source
Volleyball in day use area
Volleyball in day use area | Source
Basketball goal is in the day use area, though there is no asphalt under it, just dirt.
Basketball goal is in the day use area, though there is no asphalt under it, just dirt. | Source
Close up of some of the drought impacted areas. This was taken in 2014, it has not gotten this bad in 2015 thanks to a bit more rain.
Close up of some of the drought impacted areas. This was taken in 2014, it has not gotten this bad in 2015 thanks to a bit more rain. | Source

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

You are becoming a regular travel writer. :) Pretty park. I doubt I'll ever get to SC, but your tours are the next best thing. Have a great weekend.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

So sad that the water is receding, but the park is beautiful. I'm sure you and your husband enjoyed the time alone!


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peeples 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

@Bill, I never thought would write this many, but google liked the first one so I'll stick to keeping Google happy! Thanks! @BW We certainly did. Thanks for stopping by!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Sounds like just the kind of places I love to visit. Here in Latvia these kind of nature parks are becoming more and more popular however with prices right now mostly for tourists. I love your great pics and passing this on.


Amanda 24 months ago

OH, I just love these shots. And right across the steert from you! How awesome. I think this in the top 3 of things I miss... churches and cemeteries. Sounds odd, I know, but the above ground gravestones I find strangely comforting, and the old solid churches with stained glass, well they just feel more spiritual. I like the two as a set... The blue of the sky echoed in the blue of Mary's robe against the white and gray, that just knocks me out. Thanks to Owen, I'm so glad I found this blog!

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