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Lake Hartwell State Park

Lake Hartwell State Park

Lake Hartwell State Park is a park focused on fishing.

The lakefront park’s information center displays a wide variety of vintage fishing equipment. And, of course, 56,000-acre Lake Hartwell maintains a reputation for top-flight angling, including for striped and hybrid bass, largemouth, crappie, bream and catfish.

In addition to lake access, there is a park store, hiking, camping and unique, affordable one-room camper cabins. They feature bunk beds, a porch and electricity but no running water or bathrooms. The campground facilities are nearby.

Lake Hartwell State Park is located just off Interstate 85 at the South Carolina-Georgia border and also serves as a gateway to South Carolina’s mountain country on the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway (S.C. 11).


  • Wi-Fi Availability: Complimentary wi-fi is available at the park visitor center for park guests and in the camper cabins for cabin guests.


  • Admission: $2 adults; $1.25 U.S. seniors; age 15 & younger free
  • Days and Hours of Operation: Sun up to sun down, daily
  • Office Hours: 10am-5pm, daily April-Oct. and 11am-noon & 4-5pm, daily Nov.-March
  • Visitor Center: The visitor center includes a collection of mounted animals that can be seen in the area. There is also a fish tank with native fish.


  • Driving Directions:
    From I-85: Take exit 1 onto Hwy 11 toward Walhalla. Drive ½ mile and look for park sign on the left.
  • Lake Location: Yes
  • Counties: Oconee
  • Acreage: 680
  • Miles to Nearest Hospital: 15
  • Water Front Location: Yes
  • Miles to Nearest Town: 15
  • Miles to Nearest Grocery Store: 7


  • Charleston, SC: 239
  • Columbia, SC: 139
  • Florence, SC: 220
  • Greenville, SC: 50
  • Charlotte, NC: 142
  • Raleigh, NC: 289
  • Atlanta, GA: 105
  • Augusta, GA: 105


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Contact Information

19138-A HWY 11 S
Fair Play,SC 29643
Phone: (864) 972-3352
Oconee CountyFair Play