Parsons Mountain Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
Parsons Mtn Lake

Parson’s Mountain Recreation Area is located in the northern portion of the Long Cane Ranger District. It features a 28-acre man-made lake next to a 23-site campground. The area offers relaxation and solitude as well as easy access to a variety of recreation activities. Highlights include an accessible picnic area. The day use area was designed with an earthen pier, a pedestrian bridge and a boat ramp for non-motorized boats. The Parson’s Mountain Lake Trail and Parson’s Mountain Tower Trail incorporate the upstate’s rich history and diverse wildlife habitat.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Parson's Mountain Recreation Area is now open year-round. A new restroom facility have been completed in the day-use area for public use. Water is available. If you have any questions please contact the Long Cane Ranger District at (803) 624-9471.
Fees: $3 day use fee per vehicle; $7 per campsite per night. Self-serve fee station. Campsites are first come-first served.
Permit Info: A valid South Carolina fishing license is required to fish on the national forests. The U.S. Forest Service does not issue any licenses or permits for hunting or fishing. Please visit the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Web site for license and regulations information.
Open Season: All year
Restrictions: Stay is limited to 14 days. South Carolina fishing and boating regulations apply. Shooting is not permitted within 300-yards of the recreation area.
Water: Water Available
Restroom: Vault toilets

General Information


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.

General Notes:

A porta-toilet is available at the day-use parking area as well as the restrooms in the campground area.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Paved parking, information board, picnic tables, picnic shelters, garbage cans and lantern posts available

No. of Sites 23
Fire Information Fire rings available

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking

Horse Riding

Trailhead access to Long Cane Horse Trail

Water Availability Available


Picnic tables, lantern posts, paved parking, information board, picnic shelters, garbage cans available

No. of Sites 23
Reservation Info Shelters can be reserved
Fire Information Fire rings available

Group Picnicking

Picnic tables, picnic shelters, paved parking, garbage cans and lantern posts.

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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