Pet Friendly Report — Andrew Jackson State Park, Lancaster, South Carolina

I was looking forward to spending a week here because it sounded really interesting and I was not disappointed. The camping area is small and sites are close together but, even so, we really enjoyed being here. There is an indoor/outdoor museum area with several buildings, a statue, and monuments. There is a lake big enough for fishing and kayaking. There are 2 well-marked nature trails, and there are two day time picnic areas.

There are 25 camping sites in a tight circle with 3 having full hook up. Half of the outside of the circle backs up to the lake but there is also a nice view from the inside circle. There is a bathhouse and a campground host on site. Because the sites are in a circle and I was on the inside, I have potential campers 360 degrees around me but the only time it was almost full was the weekend. Otherwise, in October, very sparsely populated.

All areas are within easy walking distance. I didn’t leave while I was here but other campers did so I have to assume that there are nearby towns and things to do during the day. The inside museum has limited hours — Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 — but they make appointments during the week as well. There is an outdoor amphitheater that had an event on Sunday but did not impede on my being able to walk the dogs around and there was plenty of available parking.

The museum store has souvenirs but not any camping or food items other than cold drinks. And one camping couple came in to purchase firewood during that time. I think if the office is closed, you would have to call or try to contact the campground host. A good majority of the sites are not level so come prepared. A few I noticed that might not need leveling were #7, #15 (the one I’m in), #19, #21, #23, #25. The ones with full hook ups are #13, #15, and #22. There were 3 or 4 pull-thru sites, including the one I reserved.

Museum Area

Lake Area

Campground

{different site colors on campsite map not significant}

Positives

  • Lots of onsite entertainment including a museum, lake, and hiking trails
  • Small and not overcrowded
  • Campground host on site; friendly and helpful personnel throughout
  • Quiet and peaceful
  • No alcohol allowed (keeps the partiers out; although I had a wine cooler inside the comfort of my motor home)
  • Not too far from Lancaster, SC
  • 3 FHU sites if you can get one for longer stays; nice sites backing up to lake with lake access for shorter stays

Negatives

  • Sites are very close together and in the round (view of other campers 360 degrees unless you have a site on the outside circle)
  • Only 3 FHU (but that’s more than many state campgrounds)
  • Most sites are not level
  • A little bit of a hike to the dumpster and no trash cans closer unless you go inside the bathhouse (which I don’t with dog poo bags)
  • My site was backwards to the traditional way of setting up; but that’s just for the pull-thru sites — picnic table and fire ring were opposite my door so we didn’t use them

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