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PETERSBURG, GA

part ofJ. Strom Thurmond Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: PETERSBURG
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Petersburg Campground is located on J. Strom Thurmond Lake, just four miles from the Thurmond Dam and Visitor Center and 25 miles from Augusta, Georgia. The 70,000 acre lake and its 1,000+ miles of shoreline provide excellent boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing, hiking and picnicking.

Natural Features:

Hot, humid summers and mild, pleasant winters characterize this heavily wooded area on the shore of Thurmond Lake. A mixed pine and hardwood forest covers the site, providing summer shade and fall color.

Wildlife is abundant around the lake. Visitors regularly see southern bald eagles, migratory waterfowl, wild turkeys and whitetail deer.

Recreation:

Thurmond Lake provides some of the best fishing, hunting, and water sports in the southeastern United States. Anglers fish for largemouth bass, bream, crappie, catfish and striped bass. The large lake offers endless boating, water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing and swimming opportunities.

Hikers have access to many miles of trails in the immediate area. The 1.8-mile Lake Springs Loop and the 27-mile Bartram Trail, which meanders along the scenic shoreline and through Wildwood Park, are both nearby. Shorter sections can be hiked from several intersecting trailheads.

Facilities:

This wooded, waterfront campground is open year-round. It contains 94 sites, most with water and 50-amp electrical hookups. Amenities include flush and vault toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station.

Two swimming beaches, a playground, boat ramp, fishing dock, hiking trail, pond and a first come-first served picnic shelter are also located on-site.

Nearby Attractions:

Numerous parks and recreation areas lie around Thurmond Lake, providing additional boating, swimming, hunting, and hiking opportunities. Nearby cities house museums, art galleries, zoos, restaurants and shopping areas.

The Augusta National Golf Club hosts the Masters Golf Tournament annually the first week of April.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Showers
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Entrance Station
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing Dock
  • Flush Toilets
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Sites are limited to 4 vehicles total.
  • Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.
  • Visitor hours end at 9:30 p.m.
  • Alcohol is prohibited
  • Scooters, ATV's, and golf carts are prohibited; persons with disabilities may make special arrangements at the campground gatehouse with the Park Attendant on duty.
  • Check out time is 2 p.m.
  • Petersburg Campground, 3998 Petersburg Rd., Appling, GA 30802; Gatehouse 706-541-9464
  • For current lake conditions, call 1-800-533-3478 ext. 1147.
    • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    33.66194, -82.26083
    33°39'43"N, 82°15'39"W

    From I-20, take Exit 183 (Appling). Go north on HWY 221 approximately 6 miles. At the 4-way stop, go straight (HWY 221) another 2 miles. Campground road is on the left. Follow signs.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    PETERSBURG
    3998 PETERSBURG ROAD
    APPLING  GA  30802

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (706)541-9464
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