The sites sit high above the lake.
Pretty much rustic, un-kept and un-level;o((
We continued north on Rt 28 through
Plum Branch -- Gotta love that name;o)
When we got to McCormick,
we turned left on route 378.
Our next stop was Hawe Creek COE Campground.
(# 12 on the map)
Hawe Creek has 34 site, 24 with 50 amp service. It was not nearly as nice as Modoc and much harder to get to. If you had a bass boat, this would be your place. Just before you get to the park, there is a huge Sports Fishing Facility called Dorn. Has everything you need to get your boat in the water and keep it running. Almost every site had a RV and a Bass Boat;o))
Next on our list, Baker Creek State Park (#14) was a campground we were really interested in. It is on Little River, not Lake Thurmond and was mentioned as a good basecamp for kayaking the Little River Blueways.
Well, let’s just say, it won’t be our basecamp!! We will drive to the kayak trails from Modoc. It was like “Deliverance” with trashy sites and stuff everywhere. Old beat up rigs, trucks and boats on top of each other.
Check out the air conditioner ;o))
We could not get out fast enough;o))
We crossed the Savannah River into Georgia
to check out Elijah Clark State Park. (#30)
Elijah Clark SP has 2 campgrounds.
We still were hopeful we could find a campsite relatively close to the Little River Blueway kayaking trails. We saved what we thought would be the best for last. Hickory Knob State Resort Park (#16), the only “Resort” State Park in South Carolina!!
As we drove into Hickory Knob,
I really thought we had found a WINNER!!
It had great roads, a skeet and archery range, tennis courts, an 18 hole championship golf course, a hotel and cabins. First, we stopped at the Park Office where we found a lounge, pool, gift shop and restaurant.
On our way to see the campground,
we stopped at the Golf Pro shop.
It only costs $28 (green fees and cart) to play.
I turned to Nancy and said, “OK, this is it!!”
No sooner had I got those words out of my mouth,
when we arrived at the campground.
What a disappointment;o(( Half of the sites were overgrown and unusable. Except for a couple sites at the entrance, the rest were so un-level and un-kept we would be afraid to bring Baby here. (Sorry, no site shots, the photographer was in shock!!) The good vibes I had just minutes before turned to moans and groans. How could the rest of the park be so good and the campground so bad?!?!? Beats me!!
Bottom line… The campground we are in, Modoc, is head and shoulders over everything else we saw today. We pay $12 per night (senior discount) for a beautiful site with 50 amp service. The SC state parks are $19 per night for 30 amp service and the GA state park is $28 per night for 30 amp. We would rather drive 30 minutes to kayak or play golf than stay in any of the campgrounds we visited today. We had a good morning out and learned a lot about the area. We have more exploring to do so stay tuned.....