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Camping at Below Dam South Carolina Park

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Below Dam South Carolina Park Overview

Below Dam South Carolina Park is a recreational area situated near the J. Strom Thurmond Dam on Clarks Hill Lake, which is also known as J. Strom Thurmond Lake. This park and lake area is on the border between Georgia and South Carolina and is managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. It's a popular spot for a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, boating, camping, and hiking.

Camping Information

If you're interested in camping at Below Dam South Carolina Park, here are some key pieces of information:

Reservations and Availability:

  • Depending on the specific facilities and the time of year, campsites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis or by reservation. Check for current reservation policies and site availability via the US Army Corps of Engineers’ website or the recreation.gov portal.


  • The park generally offers basic facilities for campers, including designated sites which may include picnic tables, fire rings, and areas suitable for tents and possibly RVs.
  • Not all campsites will provide utility hookups, so if you require electricity or water hookups, confirm this is available at the time of booking.


  • Amenities usually include public restrooms and showers, though the level of maintenance and availability may vary during the season.
  • Drinking water and waste disposal sites are typically available.


  • There will be a fee for camping, which varies based on the type of site and amenities you choose. Check current rates as they can change seasonally or annually.


  • Besides camping, the park offers easy access to the lake for fishing and boating.
  • Swimming may be available at designated areas.
  • Hiking trails and picnic areas are also often features of parks located around Corps-managed lakes.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Be aware of park rules regarding fire safety, especially if you plan to have a campfire or use a grill.
  • Rules about food storage and waste disposal are important to follow to maintain the environment and reduce conflicts with wildlife.
  • Observe quiet hours typically enforced in the evening and early morning.
  • Pets are often allowed but must be kept on a leash and cleaned up after.

Size and Scope:

  • The specific size of the camping area at Below Dam South Carolina Park and the number of sites available can impact your experience, so it's wise to check ahead if you prefer a quieter and more secluded camping trip or if you're looking for a more social, community-oriented experience.

Weather Considerations:

  • The weather can vary significantly throughout the year. Summer temperatures can be hot and humid, while winters are generally mild but can be chilly. Always check the forecast before your trip and prepare accordingly.


  • Familiarize yourself with safety procedures, especially regarding potential interactions with local wildlife, and the proper response to severe weather events.

Contact Information and Resources

Before heading out, it's always best to get the latest information directly from the US Army Corps of Engineers or visit the official website. Contact information including phone numbers and an email address for inquiries can typically be found on the Corps’ website for the J. Strom Thurmond Lake area. Remember to check the recreation.gov portal for reservation information and updates related to Below Dam South Carolina Park.

Please note that the details provided here are for guidance and can change; always verify with the park directly before making plans.

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