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We decided we needed a break from the hustle and bustle of our city life and take a break in the country. South Carolina to be exact. We settled on Lake Hartwell which is a man-made lake bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Tugaloo, and Seneca Rivers. The Lake Hartwell comprises nearly 56,000 acres of water with nearly 1000 miles of shoreline. It is also very close to the mountains and the whole area features hundreds of parks, hiking trails, mountain trout streams, waterfalls, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking, scenic drives, bicycling, gem mining, and dozens of beautiful picnic areas. So you could say that there is plenty to do.
Lake Hartwell is one of the most accessible lakes in the nation. Less than 2 hours from downtown Atlanta, GA, 2 hours from Charlotte, NC, or 1 hour from Greenville, SC.
Lake Hartwell is one of the southeasts largest and most popular public recreation lakes with many public parks, marinas, and campgrounds located around the lake and a great variety of outdoor and recreational activities. The thousands of acres of land that surround the lake are very popular with hunting parties that enjoy the wild turkey, deer and wild boar. Not to mention the fishing. Hartwell Reservoir has provided good fishing habitat for many species. Bream, catfish, smallmouth bass, walleye, and largemouth bass are naturally occurring species in the lake, with quality fishing available for those species. The most popular fishing on Lake Hartwell, however, has become pursuing striped bass.
While searching for Lake Hartwell rentals, we found and stayed at a beautiful, large (4 bedrooms 3 bath), fully equipped lake home, with a beautiful stone fireplace, country style kitchen, and breathtaking Lake Hartwell views from a huge deck with 7 person sunken hot tub. During our stay we were able to continue with our work via high speed Wifi internet (PC computer with printer were also provided on the premises), and relax with a big screen TV (with satellite), or playing on the full size pool table. There was even a fitness room, but thats not my idea of relaxing.
Our rural hideaway was very clean, pet friendly (with about 3/4 acre for pets to run around on) and all 10 people in our party had a comfortable place to sleep. Local towns were not far away (Seneca about 10 minutes away, Clemson about 15 minutes and Greenville under an hour) and we were able to rent a small boat which we could moor at the houses' private dock. The private dock also provided great fishing (again, fishing rods were provided as was a 14 foot John Boat which was perfect for two or three people to row out into the lake to explore some different fishing areas). We even had time to take in a local college football game at "Death Valley" stadium which was just up the road at Clemson.
We returned for our amazing vacation fully rested with plenty of stories of our adventures on Lake Hartwell and our wonderful accommodation. We would definitely stay there again and would recommend it to anyone.
Author: Johnny Carretta Vacation home website: http://www.LakeHartwellRentals.net I am a proud member of a large, energetic family and I was so happy that this vacation happened without any problems or mishaps that I felt compiled to write. The home we stayed at is one of the nicest Lake Hartwell Rentals available was a great dealwith discounted rates due to the economy. You could be staying here catching fish right of the back dock this year...It will cost nothing to check out the website an