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Parson’s Mountain Lake Recreation Area

Contact Info
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests - Long Cane Ranger District
810 Buncombe Street
Edgefield, SC 29824

Number of Sites:
23 sites


Parson’s Mountain Recreation Area, just south of Abbeville, is home to an artificial 28-acre lake and an 800-foot summit. Although neither terribly high nor dramatic, it offers compelling views of the surrounding countryside. Geologists call this type of hill a "monadnock,” a technical term for a mound of hard rock left when all the sur round ing land erodes away. The woods surrounding this area overflow with flowering flora such as sparkel berry, red bud, wild ginger, and dogwood.

This 23-site, heavily wooded campground offers the relaxing solitude of nature, with easy access for other activities.

There are designated swimming and picnic areas, and a bath house. This day-use area was designed with an earthen pier, a pedestrian bridge, and a boat ramp for non-motorized boats. Three marked trails incorporate the upstate’s rich history and diverse wildlife habitat: the Parson’s Moun tain Interpretive trail, the Parson’s Mountain Tower trail, and the Parson’s Lake trail.


Basic Amenities
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets


Beginning of May - Mid November
Basic Info
Total Sites:
23 sites
Boating,  Horseback Riding,  Fishing, 
Additional Details

Requirements: SC fi shing and boating regulations apply.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Anderson, travel south on Hwy 28 to the four way stop in Abbeville. Turn right and travel 3.3 miles to the intersection of Hwy 28 and Hwy 72. Continue on Hwy 28 for 2.1 miles.Turn left onto Parson’s Mtn. Road (S 1-251) and travel for 1.5 miles. Entrance is on the right.

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