Lake Hartwell State Park
19138-A HWY 11 S | Fair Play, SC 29643 | Phone: 864-972-3352 |
  • Fishing at Lake Hartwell State Park
  • Camper Cabin at Lake Hartwell State Park
  • Fall foliage at Lake Hartwell State Park
Our Ultimate Outsider stamp can be found at the kiosk outside the park visitor center. 
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Just off of I-85, at the South Carolina-Georgia border, you’ll find Lake Hartwell State Park.  Thanks to 56,000-acre Lake Hartwell, fishing in this area is renowned by anglers across the state. The lake is inhabited by striped and hybrid bass, largemouth, crappie, bream and catfish.

Besides the superb Lake Hartwell fishing, the park offers a basketball court, publicly accessible boat ramp and hiking. Every type of camping enthusiast will find a site that suits their needs for camping on Lake Hartwell. The park is the only in the state to offer the unique, single room camper cabins, which offer guests without camping gear an opportunity to experience the feel of camping on Lake Hartwell.

For more great fishing, boating and camping on Lake Hartwell, visit Sadlers Creek State Park!


  • 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 : 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., daily April-Oct. and 11 a.m. - noon & 4 - 5 p.m., 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.


  • Pets : Pets are not allowed in the Carolina Camper Cabins. Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.