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Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area Fishing Camping Boating

Fair Play, SC 29643 (120.426 miles)

In addition to lake access, there is a park store, hiking, camping and unique, affordable one-room camper cabins. They feature bunk beds, a porch and electricity but no running water or bathrooms. The campground facilities are nearby.

Official Website: Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area

Victoria Bryant State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking

Royston, GA 30662 (120.829 miles)

State Park in upper peidmont GA

Official Website: Victoria Bryant State Park

Chimney Rock State Park Hiking

Chimney Rock, NC 28720 (120.906 miles)

The Chimney Rock area of the state park is operated by a private contractor and is open throughout the year. Entry fees offset the cost of operating this popular tourist destination. Currently, Chimney Rock is the only public access within the greater Chimney Rock State Park. However, the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation will eventually develop other areas of the state park with more traditional park facilities and recreation. The greater Chimney Rock State Park currently encompasses roughly 4,000 acres on both north and south sides of the gorge and expansion efforts continue to bring more of the gorge’s rich natural resources into conservation

Official Website: Chimney Rock State Park

Tugaloo State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Lavonia, GA 30553 (122.263 miles)

State Park in NE GA near Lake Hartwell

Official Website: Tugaloo State Park

Dupont State Forest Hiking Fishing Hunting Biking Horseback Boating

Cedar Mountain, NC 28718 (122.513 miles)

DuPont State Forest contains 10,400 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Elevations range from 2,240 feet at Cascade Lake to 3,620 feet at the peak of Stone Mountain. Little River runs through the forest, with four major waterfalls along its course. The forest also contains five lakes. The largest is 99-acre Lake Julia. The forest has over 80 miles of roads and trails that are shared by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.

Official Website: Dupont State Forest

Devils Fork State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Salem, SC 29676 (122.788 miles)

Spot a loon or a rambling black bear. Fish for trout in a deep, clear mountain lake. Hike through the glorious spring bloom of rhododendrons.

Official Website: Devils Fork State Park

Homes Educational State Forest Hiking Camping

Hendersonville, NC 28739 (123.169 miles)

Homes is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains with rugged terrain, numerous rock outcroppings, and scenic vistas. It also offers a rich mixture of mountain hardwoods, rhododendron, flame azaleas, and a variety of wildflowers. These features are accessible by a series of well-marked trails which are accented by exhibits and displays depicting the ecology of the managed forest.

Official Website: Homes Educational State Forest

Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve Hiking

Southern Pines, NC 28387 (123.783 miles)

The Sandhills region consists of nearly one million acres in south-central North Carolina. In the midst of this sandy terrain—famous for golf courses, peach orchards and horse farms—is Weymouth Woods, a 900-acre natural preserve.

Official Website: Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

Lake James State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Nebo, NC 28761 (125.567 miles)

Tucked away in rolling hills at the base of Linville Gorge is Lake James, a 6,510-acre lake with more than 150 miles of shoreline. This impressive waterway is the centerpiece of Lake James State Park. Here, nature offers scenic vistas of the Appalachian Mountains and beckons to those with an appetite for recreation.

Official Website: Lake James State Park

Pisgah National Forest Hiking Fishing Hunting Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Nebo, NC 28761 (125.567 miles)

With fantastic vistas, ridges more than 4,000 feet high and whitewater rapids, Pisgah National Forest offers great adventures for all types of outdoor activities.

Official Website: Pisgah National Forest