Camping at Oconee Point Campground on Lake Hartwell - Seneca, SC
Lake Hartwell is a nice, clean lake, and also a relatively easy drive from the north Atlanta area so it makes it an ideal place to get away for longer weekends. We visited Oconee Point campground in Seneca, SC over July 4th, 2017 and we had an amazing experience! The weather was great (minus there was crazy downpour), the people were quiet, the sites were big and clean, and there were several options close by for watercraft rentals. Pet friendly, too!
Navigating the Campground
This campground is pretty easy to navigate with our Jayco Jayflight, and this particular site was on the loop of a culdesac and was a pull through site. Oconee Point has 70 RV sites with electric and water; no sewer but the dump was clean and easily accessible. This is one of the many US Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds so there are a few ground rules you need to be aware of when booking this campground:
- No alcohol, firearms, or fireworks. Can't tell you what kind of trouble you'd get into if caught, but I wouldn't want to find out
- Very pet friendly but pets need to be on a certain length of leash and can't be a nuisance (aka. barking if left alone or dog aggressive in public areas)
- The campsites are freshly "cleaned" before your arrival, meaning no leaves or debris from previous campers
Our Camp Site
We stayed at site 23 and it was pretty amazing. Very spacious and plenty of lake front to play without feeling crowded. It also had concrete stairs to get down to the lake without a whole lot of extra effort. The pad itself was gravel and relatively flat; there was only a slight slope upwards that we were able to correct with our tire levelers. This campground holds a special place in our hearts because our daughter Marlowe began walking on this camping trip and our camping adventures haven't been the same since!
- Quiet, large lots with reasonable rates
- Big open water yet not a lot of loud boat traffic, nice ride on jet skis to go under a bridge and see local lake housing
- Dogs allowed on a leash
- Public restrooms/bath houses appeared clean
- Across from Cemetery Island, supposedly there are real head stones there!
- Nightly amazing sunset views, like..... amazing
- Beaches were clean and didn't see much trash (like at Lake Lanier in GA)
- This site was a 3-5 minute walk to the public dock and boat ramp
- Many tree options for hammocks that also provided some beach shade
- When the water is low, there are a lot of exposed rocks near the campsite edge so bring shoes. It can also get overgrown with the tall green grass.
- Fire ants. They like the lake life too apparently....
- No sewer, but only listing this to have something else in the cons section :)
Every time I book our next camping trip I reminisce on all of the amazing times we've had already, and then start to think of all the amazing adventures we have yet to had. Seeing the girls outside exploring, poking at bugs, throwing rocks and eating pine straw, all while Ben and I relax, listening to the waves and the occasional toddler arguments or yelps for help because there's an ant somewhere close by, makes me want to be camping all of the time! Every trip is a learning experience, from forgotten maintenance, to new recipes, to needing to find new toys to challenge the kids, to making sure I sit down and spend the time to find the next amazing campground so each trip is just as great as the last. This year will be a little different because we aren't so much focused on being on a lake or a beach, but heading to places that have fun things to do nearby! Stay tuned for this years' adventures!
We really enjoyed this campground and hope to try a different site next time (we have a few in mind!). The camping season opens for Oconee Point this year (2018) on April 30th so make sure you add this campground to your summer plans!
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS TO SHARE ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES CAMPING AT OCONEE POINT CAMPGROUND? I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!