1 Park near Clemson, South Carolina
Nov 2015 - $12.00
I'm having a hard time rating this stay because Corps of Engineers parks are generally better than most. With just a few exceptions, they are all well laid out, well maintained, well run and reasonable in price. Twin Lakes is all of those, except it is getting "long in the tooth" as COE parks go. The layout for some of the campground is for smaller campers. In some of the campground the roads are narrow, the turns are sharper, the level part of the sites are shorter and and trees have not been cut away from the road. Maintenance of the sites is a problem also - the gravel usually found on COE sites has washed away and has not been refreshed. This makes for a site that is muddy and holds water in rainy conditions. Some sites are not level side-to-side. We saw campers with as many as 4- 2x4s under the wheels on one side used for leveling. Maintenance of the bath houses has also begun to be a problem here. In one bath house, a water leak (for days) kept the floor wet under the toilets. Also, there are no paper towel dispensers or hand dryers in the bathrooms - bring a towel with you! Concrete picnic tables in some sites are impossible to sit at because the seat is too close to the table, and some sites don't have stand up grills.
The best sites are 34 up to 53 along the lakefront. 35 is my favorite for the view and the size. Watch out for site 12 if you're booking online - the utilities are laid out backwards. Site 10 is not level side-to-side.
Gates are locked at 10PM, no in and out. Verizon has good coverage on lakefront sites. If you are booking during football season, check the Clemson Univ. schedule for home games - many party animals!
All-in-all, Twin Lakes is still a good CG with beautiful views at a good price, but as far as COE parks go, it's probably due for a renovation. We have camped here before, but will probably look elsewhere in the area next time. - Bama Camper
Aug 2014 - $24.00
This is a good COE park that could be great except for a couple items. Many of the sites have beautiful waterfront views and lake access. The park attendants are very nice and helpful. Two negative comments: (1) Some of the campers are weekend boat party people that block roads with their boat trailers and race in and out in their pickup trucks to a nearby boat ramp. "Watch out for the safety of your kids and pets." (2) The showers were almost always had worms on the floors and walls - this is a little creepy when you are trying to get yourself clean. One morning the shower was full of mud and there were ticks on the wall and shower curtain - most likely the result of an inconsiderate camper who brought a muddy dog into the shower. The following comment is not a reflection on the park, but it should be noted by all who plan to visit the area. The entire Anderson, SC area has had a problem with a high algae count in the water supply from Lake Hartwell most of the summer. You can smell and taste the algae and you can't boil it out. Bring your own bottled water for drinking purposes. - Picture It
Jul 2014 - $26.00
We love this campground and we come every summer. We stayed in site 91 this go around. We like to utilize the sites on the lake for swimming and boating. We rent a boat from a local marina each summer. There are many types of sites to choose from here. Some lake front, some inland. Shaded and very private, also. There are plenty of bathhouses with semi-private showers. Some bath houses are more up to date than others. Usually the water is very hot in the bathhouse, but for some reason it was only lukewarm on this trip. There are grocery stores and a place to buy ice right down the street. Even though we love this campground, I gave it a rating of a 8 because there are a few things that need some attention. The first are the picnic tables. Some sites have concrete picnic tables. They are extremely uncomfortable to sit at. The seats are too close and it is very hard on the elbows. In addition, they can't be moved so this made it difficult to fit everything in our site the way we wanted to. These definitely need to be removed and updated with more comfortable tables. The second problem that needs attention is the cleanliness of the beach areas. The staff needs to maintain the waterfront areas at each campsite. We are seeing the same garbage year after year, such as an old rolled up carpet, etc... To see the same garbage at the same campsite 3 years in a row is ridiculous. In addition, right outside the front gate is some trash along the road. I know that is not their responsibility, but I would think they would report it and have it cleaned up so the entrance would be pleasant looking. We stay at a lot of COE campgrounds and this is the only one that needs some attention with cleanliness. - going2mountains