Date of Stay: November, 2011
The best state park in the upstate of SC. Paved and level campsites and spaced reasonably apart so some degree of privacy. My only minor issue was the restrooms and showers. It is not peak Summer season, so perhaps they do not clean the restrooms everyday. Calhoun Falls is a gem.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
OK, the park itself is great and the place for the whole family to have a wonderful time. This was our third trip in 3 years to the campground (tent, popup, and now travel trailer). Your enjoyment of the campground will be entirely based on your campsite because many are NOT level by any standard. Thankfully, we had a passable site (#287) but the campground was crowded and jammed packed on our loop (L). I think loops F, E, and C are best. Our loop (L) was good except maybe site #289. Loop M (lakeside) and loop N (373+) were all sites we would revisit. Loop M pull throughs except #307 should probably be avoided. An earlier reviewer mentioned #344 were we saw a travel trailer with the front hitch on the ground and truckload of lumber jacking up the rear end - we should have taken a picture because we are still chuckling over it and glad it was not us. We are already planning our next trip to Stone Mountain.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
This is my second review of Paynes Creek. I have to drastically cut my rating because we got stuck in our campsite due to the steep driveways into and out of the campsites, spinning tires on the gravel. Thankfully our site was attached to the next site and those folks were leaving when we were, so we were able to follow them through their campsite. The only site we will be getting again, will be site #7, which has a long flat sweeping driveway in and out of the site.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
This was our third trip to Ocean Lakes and still ranks as our favorite. This was the first time we used the pool and enjoyed it. We had a small tree next to our camper providing a tiny bit of shade. We enjoyed the nightly golf cart parades. We had a great time.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
I feel a need to mention that a previous reviewer clearly identified the wrong campground, as Springfield is a very nice COE campground and not open in March so reviewer could not have stayed here. We have camped Springfield COE twice in nice sites but both times the ANTS were very industrious. First thing to do when arriving is ant proof your camp area and your TV. We use Comet brand cleaner and it works well. We stayed in site #18 and it was quite nice and private for a 34 ft trailer max with great lake views. I think sites #28-35 are very nice as well on a peninsula but much closer together. Lots of people here bring their camper and boat/jet skis as most sites like ours are lake front and people park their boats right at the sites for the duration of the camp stay. Bath house near our site seemed newer than the other bath houses. I think it is tough to beat the COE campgrounds on the lakes between Ga and SC for nice lake front camping.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
Another of the excellent COE campgrounds on Lake Hartwell. This campground was smaller than the others I have reviewed here. The bath houses were clean but oddly placed with 1 of them not really near any camping area. Only 1 dump station so it was a wait today and oddly the dumpsters are not at the dump station so required 2 stops before leaving. Most of the sites would required you pre-check the sites to make sure you can access the site with your rig because some of the sites are tight turns and almost all sites had steep entrances and exits to the sites which puts you closer to the water. We camped on site #12 and it was really good (32' trailer) with immediate lake access and million dollar views (no trees between trailer and water). We will be returning Labor Day weekend.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
So far I think the COE campgrounds on the Ga/SC lakes are great and this was our first stay at Coneross. We stay on the lake front. I would give them a 10 except our pull thru was in NO possible way capable of handling 45' trailer like the website said. Site #64 and #66 should not even be attempted with 30' trailers. On our site #64 you could get in but leaving would be a problem so we ended up backing into the site with our 34' trailer.
Date of Stay: April, 2011
This was our second stay at Ocean Lakes and we have a third trip planned in August. Our son loves riding the golf carts which cost nearly as much as the camp sites. I suppose I could complain that the campsites are tight and crowded but we love the place and the atmosphere so I have to get it a 10.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
Park owners are very friendly. There are lots of programs for kids, a great pool and waterslide, and lots of other activities. We had an issue with the sewer (clogged) and they immediately sent folks to correct. Restrooms and showers were clean, though hot water was less than abundant. They were cleaned daily. Our site was lake front and we had a popup and tent on the site (9 people). Lake is smallish so perhaps pond would be a better description.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
Nice location - close to many hiking trails and beautiful waterfalls - we hiked to Yellow Branch Falls near the Stumphouse Tunnel and Isaqueena Falls and all were great. The lake is very nice and especially nice for canoes and such. Since lake only has boat access at Devil's Fork only and does not have any housing/commercial development on it. Bath House was nasty and not well maintained and Dump Station was rather unkempt as well. We will visit again but are not hurrying to make of next reservation.
Date of Stay: March, 2010
Very special campground - only minor issue was major train line must be a few miles away because we heard the "3:10 to Yuma" about every 3-4 hours day and night. (Perhaps during summer when leaves are on the trees, it would be less noticeable.) The sites are well-spaced apart, and most are lake front. Our site gave us a wonderful morning sunrise over the lake each morning. We toured the campground, and all spaces were paved and flat. Can basically go swimming in the lake at many campsites. Has official beach area, basketball courts, ping pong, tennis courts, and hiking. We will be going back many times...