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. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was our first time visiting this campground. We stayed in site 98 directly on the lake. The site was leaf blown before we got there, the lady asked us if things were satisfactory, and it was. The site itself was very spacious (pull through) and because of the manner of parking, the actual site is behind your vehicle and therefore very private. Sites were spaced with wooded areas in between, which was by far the best I have seen in campgrounds everywhere. On top of everything, the sites were grouped together and served by a separate pull off, so thru traffic on the main road did not immediately pass by our site. Awesome! The staff was very friendly and helpful, greeting us coming and going. We decided to spend an extra night. We'll be back! We camped here in a Motorhome.
The rate cited reflects the Senior Pass rate. Very friendly and helpful staff. Our site had an incredible view of the lake and nice privacy. We did not use the restrooms or showers but saw staff cleaning the outside of the windows so have to guess the inside was clean too. One of the nicest campgrounds we've experienced. We plan to go back! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rate is for seniors. Beautiful woodsy campground with many sites on the water. Sites were level, gravel and well defined. Quiet at night but boat noise during the days on the weekend. Bath houses were clean but small and spread out for the number of sites. Be prepared for bugs. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is our second time visiting this campground. We stayed in site 99. Most sites are large and there is space between sites. There are some smaller sites that can only fit tents and pop-ups. There are also a few sites that are a bit close together. Many sites are on the water. The staff is very friendly and helpful. It is a very family friendly campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Vast campground with a variety of graveled waterfront and forested sites. Sites are mostly level, we used one block to level laterally. Huge depth for big rigs, although there is some steepness backing into many sites. Retaining walls common. Hookups for electric and water worked fine. Two dump stations for the campground. Recycling bins present. At least two children's play areas. Plenty of overflow parking for vehicles and boat trailers. Camp host welcoming and friendly. Some sites are so forested as to create satellite link problems. Picnic table, fire ring, and lantern posts at each site, and the sites are spacious. Great roadways for bicycling. Bathrooms and showers spotless with almost too hot water. Quiet at night, but noisy by the water by day (boats and wave runners). Lake Hartwell was down about 10 to 15 feet, creating a rocky clayey shoreline. Birdwatching opportunities abound. Some animals nearly tame. Some of the locals told us that the place can become hard to get into during summer months without prior reservations, but we found dozens of sites empty on our weekday visit. Easy to find about nine miles off of I-85 from Exit 14. Our GPS took us right to the entrance. We would camp here again! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a great park. Peaceful and extremely clean. Campsites right on the lake! Secluded, but shopping and restaurants only a few miles away. Very convenient to Clemson University. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Lovely campground! Sites out close to lake, nicely maintained, water at each, a little more closely spaced than we prefer. Very good access for our very tall 45' coach. Because some sites are "built-out" along a ridge, the spaces between drop off. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I have stayed in many COE campgrounds. So far all have been 10s. Always clean, well maintained, on water, it's a matter of taste. I like trees, water front, space, quiet, nice safe places to bike, walk, and run. At COE parks I don't expect Wi-Fi, cable, planned activities, or other things you get at a KOA for instance. That said, these campgrounds are great for families and kids and offer truly quality time. All things considered, that's why I am comfortable with the 10 rating.. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A very clean and beautiful park with (if not all) sites having a view of the lake. A few of the sites needed some access improvement. The host and park volunteers were nice and accommodating. If you like to walk and/or bike ride, this is a great place for that. We will visit this park again and will stay for a longer period of time. My only reason for not rating the park a 10 is the lack of convenient dump stations. Most of the grey water dump stations did not allow easy access. We only found one black water station and it was not convenient to the area of the park where we were staying. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Twin Lakes is a Corp of Engineers campground. It is one of the most beautiful campgrounds in the area. It is located on Lake Hartwell and the views are fantastic. Lots of waterfront sites to chose from and all shaded and woody. The only reason I give it a 9 is the beach is mucky. You feel like you are walking in a duck pond which feels gross. Other than that, the campground is very clean, large, and there is lots of wildlife. The sites are large and level with very nice rings, grills, and tables. Even though the campground was pretty full, it is less social because you are spread out. It was much more private than other campgrounds we have visited. All in all, it was great and we will definitely visit again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed here for 3 nights. I chose this campground based on reviews I had seen here. The park staff were very friendly and helpful. The sites were shaded and very large. We had plenty of space between us and neighboring sites. The campground has 5 bathhouses. The only thing I didn't like was that the showers were semi-private. That's why I gave it a 9 rating. The bathrooms were clean, but there were no paper towels or soap. This seems to be true of federal and state parks we have seen. But for the price we paid we can live with that. There is no camp store, but a Wal-Mart and other stores and restaurants are very close by. There is also a great place to get cheap ice nearby, which the staff told us about: $1.50 for 20 lbs. There are playgrounds for small children throughout the park. Almost all the sites are on the lake and some sites have easy access to the lake for swimming. Some people bring their boats and Seadoo's right up to their site edge. There is also a beach area for swimming. We would definitely camp here again. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We really enjoyed this campground. Most sites are right on the lake. Campground is easy to maneuver, and sites are easy to back in or pull through. Very quiet campground and kid friendly with five playgrounds. Shower/bathroom facilities are fairly new and very clean. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Nice, quiet, wonderful. Some sites are a little short. Lake was beautiful. My only complaint was that the showers are push button operated, so you get a few minutes of water, then you have to push the button again. Also, no control of the water temperature. But it's a rustic park, so there you go! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
If you are looking for a quiet park with basic water and power hookups, Twin Lakes is a good pick. Many sites are available that have virtually complete privacy. For those that want the more communal aspect, there are also sites that offer close by neighbors. Beware that as of October 2008, the lake is in dire straights, and running out of water. It is down about 15 feet at the moment. Luckily, the park is on the main river channel, so you will still have water access. Other than that, Twin Lakes is a nice park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This was our first trip to Twin Lakes and found that the sites were level and spacious. I would rate this one of the best places we have camped although we may have just gotten lucky with our site. We drove thought the entire campground and did find some older sections that weren't as nice. I love the way you can look at each campsite (picture) online. We will definitely camp here again. The only downfall is there is no camp store and no place within a 15 minutes drive to get ice. It was so hot we had to get ice for the ice chest every day. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
What a great campground! I can only imagine if the lake had been at normal levels, how that would look. It still is a beautiful lake. I would say that 95% of the campsites are on the lake--there is not a bad site anywhere. Sites are deep, spacious and private. Campground hosts were friendly and helpful. The only negative I can say about this is the men's comfort station only having 1 commode, 1 urinal and 2 showers on a large loop. No info on the women's. Had to play the waiting game on the weekend mornings and evenings. Stores, restaurants are just a short 10 minute drive. I was able to get a cell phone signal from ATT while I camped. Clemson Marina is on the other side of the lake where you can rent boats and drive them over and dock next to your campsite. I highly recommend this campground to anyone. No wonder it made the top 100 list 2 years in a row! We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
We stayed on a waterfront site between the beach and one of the playgrounds. The playgrounds are well maintained and surrounded by lush grass. The area is quiet and patrolled by the park ranger and county deputies. It was quiet and private. It was quite a trot to the bath house, which was clean but not exactly squeaky clean. We will definitely go back, and we would highly recommend! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Good campground with varied sites. If you have a large rig check out sites before renting. Some are hard to park in. This is our second choice in the area for camping.We camp here 2 or 3 times a year and stay for 3 to 7 days at a time. The playgrounds are average for campgrounds but you need to watch for poison oak on trees around playgrounds. This campground fills up quickly due to fact Clemson University is close by so book early. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Beautiful park in fall. Large sites with lots of trees. Many have satellite access. Hard to find - located on Hwy #76 between Anderson and Clemson. There is a small brown recreation sign on highway indicating turn to west. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice COE park. Super nice Hosts making our stay a pleasant one. Stayed there 5 days. All facilities are near by in Anderson, SC. Clemson University was also interesting place to visit. Most sites are on the water with abundance of shade. Very quiet except for the Jet ski's and big power boats. You prayed for early sunsets (beautiful) to regain quietness. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I don't think there's really a bad site at this park. Our site was on the water (as most are). We enjoyed the shade of the trees and the view of the lake. This is a nice place to ride your bike. Mostly families camping here; the park is quiet in the evenings. There are 2 dump stations near the front of the park. Gray stations are located in many locations throughout the park. There are several playgrounds, but I think it is the same equipment at each site. There's a link off of the campground's site that will let you view pictures of each individual site. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Park was extremely well layed out. Most sites have waterfront and are very large. Parking pad is made of small gravel and fairly level. This place has a nice beach area for lake swimming. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.