Three rivers, lush national parks and exciting RV camping is waiting for South Carolina RV campers on the Savannah River National Scenic Byway. Come along on a Southern RV journey as we explore the joys of the Savannah River Valley.
Savannah River Scenic Byway Highlights
This National Scenic Byway starts on SC-28 at Clarks Hill, SC. Journey north up the Savannah River Valley into the rolling pine forests of Hamilton Branch State Park. Make plans to camp there, on the shores of J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir, where fishing for crappie and striper and biking the Steven’s Creek Bike Trail are just two of the ways RV travelers enjoy this immense water playground.
When you’re ready to move on, travel north on SC-28 to the Town of McCormick, with easy access to three state parks. Play on the water, camp in the forests and hit the trails for a delightful time in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Save time to visit the historic downtown district of McCormick. You can also tour the gold mining tunnels that run beneath McCormick, as well as pan for gold, at the Heritage Gold Mine Park.
The Savannah River National Scenic Byway now swings northwest on SR-81 to Richard B Russell State Park and Lake Russell. A favorite with fishermen, this scenic lake surrounded by pristine wilderness straddles the Georgia/South Carolina line. Enjoy camping in the woods, golf at Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course or take to the water for some of the best bass fishing in the area. Here’s a tip: Calhoun Falls State Park on Lake Russell is the place for hiking, horseback riding and exploring old homesites. Another interesting side trip is on Hwy 72 west of Calhoun Falls to Abbeville, birthplace of the Confederacy.
As you continue north on SR-81 toward Lake Hartwell, enjoy the scenic river valley as well as the Southern charm of towns like Lowndesville, Iva and Starr. Another historic gem on the shores of Lake Hartwell is the City of Anderson, SC. Explore its historic districts and gorgeous plantations, and if you’re there on the weekend, be sure to take in the South’s largest flea market in Belton! Take the kids to Issaqueena Falls and Stumphouse Tunnel Park to learn some local history while viewing the ten-story waterfall.
Lake Hartwell is located at the north end of the Savannah River National Scenic Byway. Lake Hartwell Camping and Cabins is a wonderful place to set up camp. In addition to marinas, trails, swimming beaches and excellent fishing, RV travelers will also enjoy a trip to the town of Clemson on the lakeshore. This is your chance to visit Clemson University, as well as the antebellum home of John C. Calhoun and the South Carolina Botanical Gardens. A visit to Clemson is a fitting end to your RV camping trek on this Byway.
As you plan your own RV camping trip along the Savannah River National Scenic Byway, the El Monte RV Rentals office in Atlanta is ready to serve. The beauty of the Savannah River Valley and the comfort of RV camping are a potent combination for insuring an unforgettable vacation!