June 9-10th, 2015
The rain attempted to chase us from Millen to Lincolnton, but we outran it (temporarily.) We circled the two separate tent-campgrounds and decided to stay in campground one. Both sites had access to the lake, which is awesome. Our campsite was elevated with a trail down to the lake. There was a thickly vegetated area to one side (perfect for catching fireflies,) and empty tent sites on the other. It was perfect.
By the time we pulled into our site it was after 6pm, so we hastily set up our tent and cooked our hotdogs and s’mores while keeping an eye out for the rain, which had been creeping in our direction. We barely made it into our tent after cleaning up from dinner when the first drops tapped on our tent.
We stayed for two nights at this campsite and loved (almost) every minute of it. Although there was a storm that night, it was not nearly as severe as the one the night before in Magnolia Springs, or the one that was raging on Mistletoe State Park just 26 miles south of us. We had intended to stay at Mistletoe on the 9th then stay at Elijah Clark on the 10th, but once again, MyRadar saved us from a difficult night. We chose to drive past Mistletoe and go there on a separate trip. If we had not chosen to do that we would have had a much worse night.
There was much to choose from in the activities department at Elijah Clark State Park: swimming, fishing, boating and skiing, archery, mini golf, shuffleboards, playgrounds, 3.75mi of hiking trails, canoeing, and geocaching.
Since we had been hiking the day before in Magnolia Springs State Park, we decided to rent a canoe (4hrs for $16) and paddle around a tiny piece of Clark Hill Lake, which is 71,100 acres! We canoed to our campsite to show the kids the view of our temporary home from the water, then we paddled back to the swimming beach. This area is awesome as it is roped off from boats. The water was pretty clear and there were tons of adorable and curious fish. We spent hours trying to catch them in our hands and got close several times. The sandy beach was popular in the evening a couple of hours before sunset, but we had the area to ourselves much of that day.
I will definitely be returning to Elijah Clark State Park, possibly for a week long trip. This is a beautiful park with much to do.