Lake Hartwell State Park closed to day use tomorrow and Thursday, camping still open

Lake Hartwell State Park, a part of the South Carolina State Park system and located just off of I-85, at the South Carolina-Georgia border, announced this morning, March 24, that they will be closing the park for day-use purposes on Wednesday, March 25, and Thursday, March 26,

"Visitors with cabin and camping reservations will still be allowed to check in," park officials stated. "These closures will help our staff recover from the additional workload that has been required and give us an opportunity to make decisions on how to operate parks while keeping employees safe"

The South Carolina State Park website gives the following information:

  • You should be aware that our sanitizing and disinfection protocols DO NOT include high-touch outdoor surfaces like playgrounds or picnic tables.

  • Cabins and campgrounds are open.  However, no new cabin reservations will be accepted through May 7, 2020.  To minimize contact, visitors are encouraged to pay balances for cabins or campsites by using the website or by calling the call center or calling the park office.  If you have a reservation please check your email for instructions on how to check in.

  • Restrooms in parks will be closed periodically for thorough cleaning and disinfecting.

  • If admission gates are not manned, please pay for admission using the iron rangers and envelopes provided.  You may also use our online park store at to pay for admission directly from your phone.

  • All park programming and tours, including historic house tours are suspended until April 15.  If you have a question about a specific program in the future please contact the park directly.

  • All boat and bike rentals have been discontinued until further notice.

  • While parks are open, indoor spaces which include visitor centers, nature centers and retail locations are closed to visitors.  Park staff will be working as usual and can be located on the park to help you.  Also please check messaging on our visitor center doors, kiosks, etc.

  • State House tours are suspended until April 1 and the State House Gift Shop is closed until April 1.

  • If you have concerns or questions about your upcoming reservation, please contact our call center at 1-866-345-7275, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Park staff and visitors will be encouraged to limit group size to 10 or less and to stay six feet apart and should avoid handshakes, hugs and other physical contact.

  • As visitation increases, we will be shutting park gates more frequently as carrying capacity dictates in order to allow for visitors and staff to maintain social distancing guidelines.

  • Park staff and visitors should follow the CDC guidelines for good handwashing and hygiene at all times.

  • Park staff and visitors who feel sick should not work or visit state parks.


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