Parsons Mountain Recreation Area

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

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: Parsons Mountain Recreation Area will close for the season November 15, 2021, and will reopen May 1, 2022. Water will be temporarily unavailable. We are in the process of finishing up modifications to the water system at Parsons Mountain and we will restore water availability as soon as possible. Once water is restored at Parsons Mountain it will be accessible at the campground host site on the right side of the road as you enter the recreation area. New restroom facilities will be installed later this year in the day-use area.
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: May 1 - November 15
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.

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