Andrew Jackson State Park, Lancaster, SC

Lake View: Andrew Jackson State Park
A view toward the campground from the nature trail on the far side of the lake. Note the bench where you can sit.

CAMPGROUND NAME: Andrew Jackson State Park
LOCATION: Lancaster, SC
KIND: State Park
SEASONAL: No
RATES: 2015, something like $21.37 including taxes
RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED: Yes
866-345-PARK, ReserveAmerica
CAMPGROUND WEB SITE
HOSTED: Yes
PHONE: 803-285-3344
GPS: N 34.84280, W 80.81030 Those should get you to the entry of the short park road

Boardwalk: Andrew Jackson State Park
A short nature trail runs from the campground around the small lake at Andrew Jackson State Park. A small section is on a raise boardwalk shown here.

ACCESS: Access to and within the campground is by paved road. There are two handicap accessible campsites in the campground.
SITES: 25
SURFACING: Asphalt
PULL THRU: Yes
BACK-IN: Yes
MAXIMUM RIG SIZE: 38′ is the spec on ReserveAmerica. Hanging the tail end of my 30′ Class C over the back of my space which was listed as 38′ left a good 20′ in front of my rig.
TENTS: I saw one set up
LEVELNESS: This is a pretty tilty place. Leveling could be a challenge. I lucked into what was probably the most level site, #6 and easily got level blocking one wheel
SHADE: Yes
SPACING: Generous in places, less so along the lake shore
TENT PADS: I didn’t see anything specifically for that purpose
FIRE GRILLS: Yes, ground level
PICNIC TABLES: Yes
PETS: On leash

Picnic Shelter: Andrew Jackson State Park
One of the picnic shelters at Andrew Jackson State Park

HOOKUPS: Electric and water
DUMP STATION: Yes
ELECTRICAL QUALITY: 123 volts, 60 Hz, no faults (As inidcated by my Progressive Industries Power Management System, Model EMS-PT30C.)
WATER PRESSURE: At least 40 PSI

CELLULAR:
AT&T iPhone 5s without Wilson Mobile 4G booster:
3 bars, 4G
Download speed: 7.34 Mbps
Upload speed: 0.44 Mbps

Andrew Jackson State Park, SC
Charlene, my RV, nestled in at space 6 of Andrew Jackson State Park, SC

AT&T iPhone 5s with Wilson Mobile 4G booster: Not checked

Verizon iPad Air without Wilson Mobile 4G booster:
3 bars, LTE
Download speed: 23.49 Mbps
Upload speed: 6.17 Mbps

Verizon iPad Air with Wilson Mobile 4G booster: Not checked

TV
Over-the-air: Maybe a dozen channels or so
Cable: No
WiFi: No

Museum: Andrew Jackson State Park
A very small museum is located in the visitor center at Andrew Jackson State Park

RESTROOMS: Yes
RESTROOM RATING: Fail, if only because there is no hand soap. (I assign a Pass or Fail rating based on many considerations including: cleanliness, usability, hot water availability, hand soap availability, ease or difficulty it is to use the toilet paper, condition of fixtures, if using the restroom is a pleasant or unpleasant experience, etc.)
SOAP: None
TOILETS: Flush
SHOWERS: Yes
SHOWER RATING: Pass (I evaluate showers in a similar fashion to restrooms. See above.)
TRASH: Yes
WATER: Yes
LAUNDRY: N0
RECYCLING: Yes, glass, aluminum, plastic bottles

Log Cabin Look: Andrew Jackson State Park
This is a corner of one of the picnic shelters at Andrew Jackson State Park.

BUGS: Not much bug activity when I was there at the end of April

NEAREST FACILITIES: Lancaster, a few miles away should have most anything you need
Dump: In the campground
Propane: According to AllStays: Newport Hardware, Rock Hill. A closer option might be Fireplace Store 1361 State Hwy 9, Lancaster, SC (803) 283-9932
Groceries:
RV Parks: You might have to drive 50 miles to Charlotte, NC

Statue: Andrew Jackson State Park
A statue of a young Andrew Jackson by Anna Hyatt Huntington is located at the visitor center.

I liked it here. It’s a small, intimate, woodsy park. I was here after spring had arrived so the trees were full of leaves. I’m sure in the winter the feeling here would be much different. Road noise from the nearby street, route 521 I think, was audible during the daytime but I didn’t notice it inside my rig at night. the town of Lancaster is nearby so getting most necessities should be relatively easy.

Fishing Pier: Andrew Jackson State Park
This is the fishing pier and small lake at Andrew Jackson State Park

There are a couple short hiking trails and a small lake where you can fish or kayak. I think swimming is prohibited. A large amphitheater in the woods makes for a lovely setting for, well, I’m not sure what presentations are given or when.

Museum: Andrew Jackson State Park
A very small museum is located in the visitor center at Andrew Jackson State Park

The park takes its name from, guess…you got it, President Andrew Jackson. Nothing gets by you, does it? Ha! This was his boyhood home in the 1700s. At 14 he was a prisoner of war! Who knew? You’ll learn that and more at the small visitor center/museum, a 5 minute walk from the campground.

There is a modern, plastic playground for the kiddies and a couple picnic areas. A fishing pier can be found at the lake. It may be catch-and-release here. I’m uncertain what else there is to do in the area. It was a place for me to spend a few days on my way from Savannah, Georgia to the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

Selfie: Andrew Jackson State Park
Who’s that terribly handsome guy leaning ever so suavely on that tree? Why, oh, it’s me! You can see how tilty some of the campsites are here, but you didn’t notice that at first because you were distracted by that terribly handsome guy.

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