Bussey Point Campground

J. Strom Thurmond Lake

Enjoy nature at its finest. Located at the entrance of Bussey Point wilderness recreation area- a 2,545 acre peninsula on J. Strom Thurmond Lake- the campground provides a relaxing getaway for the nature enthusiast for hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. The Bussey Point horse trail was created by horseback riders for horseback riders. This trail circles the peninsula and is 12.5 miles long. Along with the horse trail, there are an additional 20 miles of roads and trails located within the area that all are welcome to use (no motor vehicles please). Located within the area are 15 food plots, six hike/bike/ride/boat in camping/picnic sites, and several natural beaches. Ample deer and turkey inhabit the area along wiht other mammals and birds to provide one of the best opportunities on the lake to view wildlife in its natural setting. Adjacent to the area is the campground with 14 primitive campsites without water or electic, however, there are picnic tables, fire rings, and grills located at each site. There is also a boat launching ramp, hand pump for drinking water, and rustic toilets locatd throughout the area. 

The campground has two loops of campsites, each with a vaulted pit toilet.  

There is a hand pump for drinking water. 

There is no attendant on duty. 

Need to Know

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.

Nearby Attractions

The campground is just outside of Lincolnton, GA.

Cherokee Recreation Area is nearby. 

Nearby golf course.


The area has 12.5 miles of equestrian trails that cross through the adjacent wilderness recration area. 

There is a boat launching ramp on site.  

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.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

J. Strom Thurmond Project Office 510 Clarks HIll HWY Clarks Hill SC 29821

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

From the HWY 47 Little River bridge in Lincoln Co, GA, go north 1.8 miles and turn right on Ashmore-Barden Rd. Go 3 miles to the stop sign and turn right on Double Branches Rd. Go 3 miles until the pavement ends. COntinue straight on the dirt road .5 miles to the fork in the road. Take a right at the campground sign.  

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