Whetstone Horse Camp Campground

Walhalla, South Carolina
(View camping near Walhalla, SC)

Campground contact

Ownership: US Forest Service
Official website: fs.fed.us
Posted by: Jeff Barber on November 29, 2005

Campground Description

Offering 28 miles of nearby horse trails, Whet- stone Horse Camp is a great getaway for horseback riders who like to ride and camp. It serves as a base camp for riders on both the Rocky Gap (South Carolina) and the Willis Knob (Georgia) Horse Trails. The camp, located about 13 miles northwest of Walhalla, has 20 sites with parking spurs for horse trailers: 10 are first come, first served, while up to 10 may be reserved. Surrounding Area Across the river on the Georgia side is another camp that is part of this trail system –Willis Knob Horse Camp. Campers must obtain reservations. Call the Tallulah District office at (706) 782-3320 for more information.


Please sign up for a free account to view directions to this campground and to access other features on Tripleblaze.com.

Campground Activities

Campground Amenities

Reservation info

Click here for reservations and availability.

Camping Fees

$12/night without reservations. $15/ night w/ reservations.

Questions   [ask a question]

Note: You're not logged in. If you'd like to associate this post with your account, login now.
Ask a question
Notify me when anyone replies

Reviews of Whetstone Horse Camp

Reviewed by SCgregg1 on August 15, 2009

(11 out of 11 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
Whetstone Horse Camp is geared up strictly for equestrian use but there is no problem for a non-horse camper to enjoy the place during mid-week in the summer. I would, however, avoid Whetstone as a non-horse camper during weekends. For horseback riders and campers, Whetstone is a must-visit place anytime.

For "out-of-town" horse campers making plans to visit Whetstone, I highly recommend making a reservation for one of the sites in the upper loop. Those sites are very nice. Site #15 looked to be the best. Nice and level, and spacious yet well shaded. A water spigot is close and a clean vault toilet is right across the loop road. Site #15 is also right on a horse path that will lead riders to the various routes along 28 miles of trails.

Earls Ford on the Chattooga River is only a 1.3 mile drive from the campground, plus a 5 minute walk from the trail head. This makes Whetstone a good place to base-camp for non-horse folks. Floating the river, fishing from the bank, or hiking/biking (and sharing with horseback riders) the trails is a great way to spend time in this area.

I stayed at Whetstone 4 nights recently and had a great time. I set up camp in the lower loop and had that loop all to my own the entire week. There was only one person camping in the upper section of the campground. The place was quiet for sure.

I used my camp to 'base' for exploration of the Chattooga River and that worked out very well.

One word of caution: the campground was 'buggy'. Common black house flies were numerous during the warmth of day. For that reason, and that reason alone, I would not recommend hanging around camp all day. I tried that, and didn't like it...and flies usually don't bother me at all! When it cooled down around dusk, the flies went away and the evenings were very pleasant.

If I were to revisit Whetstone Horse Camp as a non-horse camper, I would also reserve a site in the upper loop, and I would target my visit for mid-week.
Was this Review helpful? Yes | No

Camping Recommendations

Lee State Natural Area and Campground (100%)
Cheraw State Park (100%)
Richard B Russell Dam And Lake (100%)
Congaree National Park (100%)
Sand Hills State Forest and Sugarloaf Mountain Campground (100%)
Whetstone Horse Camp 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1 user reviews.

South Carolina Outdoor Lists

South Carolina Camping
South Carolina Trail Running
South Carolina Hiking Trails
South Carolina Skiing
South Carolina Mountain Bike Trails
South Carolina Caves

   Copyright 2015 Blue Spruce Ventures LLC