Sadlers Creek State Park: Fishing and Swimming Spots Abound in this Anderson Park, SC

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Have you visited Sadlers Creek State Park? There are 47 South Carolina State Parks and many are definitely worth the drive from Greenville. KAG Contributor Andrea Beam is exploring the state parks across South Carolina. After she visited Sadlers Creek State Park she wanted to share her visit with our readers. We think you’ll love the beautiful scenery and amenities of this state park in Anderson, SC.

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The lake at Saddlers Creek State Park

Boating and Swimming at Sadlers Creek

Two docks provide access to Lake Hartwell for private boats, kayaks, canoes, and other paddle sports.

You are permitted to swim at-your-own risk in Lake Hartwell. There are no designated swim areas or lifeguards.

Sadlers Creek Fishing Pier

A paved walkway leading down to the 100-foot pier makes this spot easily accessible for fishermen (or visitors). The day we were there, the roads and parking lots were covered in leaves. The ramp to the pier was exceptionally clean and free of leaves – groundskeepers had obviously been hard at work.

The park sits on Lake Hartwell, a man-made lake named after Revolutionary War heroin Nancy Hart.  Army Corps of Engineers operates the dam. Interpretative signs with information about Lake Hartwell and fish facts are placed near the pier. The sign, made possible by a donation from the Bosch Foundation, also teaches which fish are safe to eat and how to prepare them.

Fishing Equipment for Free at Sadlers Creek

Sadlers Creek State Park also participates in the Tackle Loaner Program which allows you to borrow basic fishing equipment from the park office for free.

Sadlers Creek State Park lake

Hiking at Sadlers Creek

If you like to hike, you will enjoy Pine Grove Nature Trail. Bikers can explore Sadlers Creek on bike trails throughout the park.  A half-mile paved path winds through the woods from the park office to the pier. Handrails and benches dot the path. Visitors with walkers and/or wheelchairs can relish the total park experience here.

Educational signs along the trail teach about animal habitats and plants. This feature fit perfectly into my science curriculum for my homeschooled son.

Child on the nature trail at Saddlers Creek State Park

Camping at Sadlers Creek

Three campground loops provide space for campers of all kinds.  Lakefront campsites provide spectacular views. A primitive tent area is available for organized groups. We’re excited to pitch our tent in this park. We’ll just have to wait until the campground is next to empty. For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to purchase the Biltmore House of tents. <Insert all the eye rolls>

Day guests can picnic in shaded areas with playgrounds, including a horseshoe pit and volleyball court. Bathhouses are located next to recreational spaces. Two picnic shelters can be rented for large group gatherings.  A lakefront pavilion is covered and paved, with lots of picnic tables and a huge handicapped-accessible restroom. We were especially impressed with the cleanliness of this entire section.

Sadlers Creek State Park
940 Sadlers Creek Road, Anderson, SC
Admission: $3/ages 16+, $1/age 6-15, Free/age 5 and under, $1.50/seniors

Have you visited Sadlers Creek?

This article was originally written by Andrea Beam and has been updated by the Kidding Around Team.

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2 years ago

Thank you! Being on the border of both Greenville and Anderson I appreciate Tips and places around Anderson as well to check out! Keep helping thanks!!