Elijah Clark State Park RV & Campground Guide


Elijah Clark State Park is located alongside Clarks Hill Lake, one of the largest manmade lakes east of the Mississippi River. The lake is a popular place for fishing, boating, swimming, and water sports of all kinds. There are multiple boat ramps and fishing piers scattered throughout the 447 acres of Elijah Clark State Park. Some of the other activities people enjoy at Elijah Clark State Park include hiking, paddling, camping, and picnicking. Lincolnton, GA is the closest city and provides visitors with easy access to shops and restaurants. Elijah Clark, the park's namesake, was a frontiersman and war hero who led a force of pioneers in Georgia during the American Revolution. Clark's grave is located in the park along with a replica of the log cabin that he and his wife called home.

Nearby Cities

  • Lincolnton, GA

  • McCormick, SC

  • Augusta, GA

  • Athens, GA

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Spring 55-77 F
Summer 72-91 F
Fall 57-77 F
Winter 41-60 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Elijah Clark State Park

Elijah Clark State Park Campground

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: No

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Max RV length: 50 feet

  • Other Amenities: Picnic tables, showers, toilets, potable water, firewood, sanitary dump, and ADA accessible

Petersburg Campground

Petersburg Campground is nestled on Strom Thurmond Lake about four miles from the Thurmond Dam and visitor center. This wooded, waterfront campground accommodates most RV sizes with a restriction of no more than ten campers per site. There are two swimming beaches, a boat ramp, a fishing dock, a pond, and a playground. Here, you can hike through the mixed pines and hardwood forest while observing the wildlife habitat.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Showers, restrooms, and dump station

Winfield Campground

Winfield Campground contains 80 sites that can house any size camper or rig. The campground and nature trails are filled with mature oak and pine trees, providing summer shade and fall colors. Some campground activities include wildlife exploration, swimming, hiking, and water sports.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Playground, boat ramp, showers, and restrooms

Raysville Campground

Raysville Campground is within a short driving distance from the state park and on Georgia's Little River section of Clarks Hill Lake. The campground consists of 55 family campsites that can house any size RV. All sites are situated near hot showers, restrooms, and campground activities. Kayaks and paddleboards can be rented on a per-day basis.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Dock, dump station, and boat ramp

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What to Do at
Elijah Clark State Park

Elijah Clark State Park provides visitors with numerous activities, some centered around the lake and others not. Because the park sits on the shoreline of Clarks Hill Lake, water activities of all sorts are popular amongst visitors. There are also two hiking trails and a biking trail in the park along with an 18-hole miniature golf course.

Inside Elijah Clark State Park

Just a brisk walk from Elijah Clark State Park's 160-site campground, you can enjoy the fishing pier and sandy beach. Anglers may either fish off the pier or launch a boat to catch various fish species. You can have a family outing at the beach where you can swim, play in the sand, or just lay on your beach towel and soak up the sunrays. If you want to get up close and personal with nature, hike one of the many scenic trails in the park with over 600 miles of nature.

Fishing Fishing

Some of the fish you can expect to catch on Clark Hill Lake include largemouth bass, striped bass, black crappie, white and yellow perch, chain pickerel, bluegill, shellcrackers, and catfish. The best access to the lake is by boat. You can also fish from the shore of the lake or one of the fishing piers in the park.

Geocaching Geocaching

There are geocaching opportunities in the vast majority of state parks in Georgia, including Elijah Clark State Park. For 2023, Georgia has released a brand-new "Geo Tour" with new caches at each park, and visitors can search for and collect them all.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

The park is full of nature viewing opportunities. Some of the wildlife you may see inside the park include white-tail deer, foxes, and turkey. Even if the wildlife is difficult to spot, the mixed pine and hardwood forest creates beautiful scenery, especially in the fall when the leaves change.

Stargazing Stargazing

Many of the campsites and the area around the lake offer clear and unobstructed views of the nighttime sky. It is the perfect place to leave the city and be surrounded by the stars.

Hiking Hiking

Both the 0.75-mile Hannah Clark Trail, which crosses several creeks by bridge, and the Three-mile Trail are easy hikes for visitors of all skill levels. The hikes offer visitors an opportunity to see some of the beautiful scenery and potentially come across some of the wildlife in Elijah Clark State Park.


At 71,100 acres, Clarks Hill Lake is one of the largest reservoirs in the Southeast. There are four boat ramps located within the park to launch your boat, kayak, canoe or other watercraft for a day of relaxing or fishing on Clarks Hill Lake.

Swimming Swimming

There are beach areas and designated swimming areas inside Elijah Clark State Park. Swimming is not recommended outside of these areas.

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How to Get to
Elijah Clark State Park

After arriving in Lincolnton, go west on Main Street toward Washington Street, and turn right onto US 378 East. After about 6.5 miles, you will turn right onto Elijah Clark State Park Road and the entrance to the park will be on your right.

Entering Elijah Clark State Park

The entry fee for Elijah Clark State Park is $5 per day for vehicles with less than 13 people, $30 per day for vehicles with 13-30 people, and $70 for vehicles with 31 or more passengers.

Elijah Clark State Park Per Vehicle : $5.0

There are numerous adventures to be had at Elijah Clark State Park whether you are spending time on the lake, hiking, or touring the historical Clark log cabin.

Frequently Asked Questions About Elijah Clark State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Elijah Clark State Park?

Late spring and summer are the best times to visit Elijah Clark State Park so that you can take advantage of all that Clarks Hill Lake has to offer. If you visit the park in the fall, the leaves in the area do change which adds to the scenic beauty of Elijah Clark State Park.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Elijah Clark State Park?

Some of the wildlife you can expect to find at Elijah Clark State Park includes white-tail deer, foxes, and turkeys. You may also come across a bald eagle soaring through the sky, and some visitors have even seen an endangered golden eagle.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Elijah Clark State Park?

There are 172 RV campsites scattered throughout Elijah Clark State Park all with electric hookups available and access to a dump station. Many of the sites either overlook the lake or are within walking distance.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Elijah Clark State Park and what is the cost?

Reservations are recommended before bringing your RV to Elijah Clark State Park. The cost to reserve an RV spot is $40 per night in addition to the one-time admission fee you are charged upon entering.

Are pets allowed at Elijah Clark State Park?

The museum and swimming areas in Elijah Clark State Park are off-limits to all pets. In the rest of the park, however, pets are welcomed as long as they are supervised at all times and on a leash no less than 6 feet in length.