Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lake Wateree State Park, South Carolina. Part V. The Park’s Campground and Surrounding Area

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campground entrance

I just realized that we have yet to tour Lake Wateree State Park’s campground. Well, this can’t be overlooked!

As you’ll soon see, all 72 of the campsites here are paved. That’s very rare in the South Carolina State Park System. Probably because the Park was built so recently. There are only five pull-through sites. But fifty or so sites are long enough, and wide enough, to accommodate the larger Class A motorhomes.

lakeside siteMost interesting to me, however, are the fifteen campsites that directly overlook Lake Wateree. Like the one you see above.

another lakeside siteHere’s another of those lakeside sites. One that’s quite long, in fact. And easy to back into.

Aliner on Site 23The Aliner doesn’t require all that much space. And I usually turn it around to face the lake, as you see here on site # 23. One of my favorites.

Wateree Bath HouseTwo bath houses serve the campground. They’re clean, and well heated in the winter. And they always have plenty of hot water for showers.

on demand heaterThis year on-demand water heaters were added to each bath house. They run on the propane tank you see above. Considerably cheaper than the electric heaters we’ve relied on since the beginning. I tried this one not long after its installation and found that it provides plenty of hot water.

Lake Wateree State Park’s campground fills up quickly on weekends and holidays throughout the season. So be sure to make your reservations early. During the winter months, my favorite camping months, it’s not as difficult to reserve your favorite site. But still, it’s better to plan ahead as much as you can.

There are a number of interesting places to visit near Lake Wateree State Park while you’re here. Be sure to stop in at Dutchman’s Creek Marina for breakfast at least one morning.

And, pull in to have a look around the Taylors Creek Access Area. Another boat ramp just across the Taylors Creek bridge. Here’s a short video visit to Taylors Creek.

There’s much more to see here at Lake Wateree State Natural Area. Certainly one of the most appealing Parks in the State Park System. But we’re out of time.

Next, a visit to Barnwell State Park and nearby Rivers Bridge State Historic Site, so stay tuned!

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