Review of Twin Lakes Campground and Recreation Area in Pendleton, South Carolina
Twin Lakes Campground
Overview of Twin Lakes Campground
Twin Lakes Campground Contact Information
TWIN LAKES (SC)
140 WINNEBAGO TRAIL
PENDLETON SC 29670
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 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
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.
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!
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!