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Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Whetstone Horse Camp is located in the Andrew Pickens Ranger District in Oconee County in the western corner of South Carolina, about 13 miles northwest of Walhalla. The Chattooga River flows nearby. With over 30 miles of horseback riding trails, Whetstone serves as a base for those who like to ride and camp.

Natural Features:

The camp is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, near the Rocky Gap and Willis Knob Horse Trails.

The Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests encompass more than 629,000 acres in four districts throughout South Carolina, from the lowcountry Atlantic Coast to the western foothills along the Georgia border.


The Rocky Gap Trail on the South Carolina side of the river and the Willis Knob Horse Trail on the Georgia side provide excellent horseback riding and hiking opportunities. Visitors also enjoy exploring the nearby Chattooga River.


The campground is open year-round and has 18 sites with parking spurs for horse trailers. Nine sites are available by reservation only, while the other nine are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each site is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring and lantern post. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Hitching racks are located throughout the facility.

Nearby Attractions:

The town of Walhalla is 13 miles away. The town holds an annual Oktoberfest celebration the third weekend of October.

Stumphouse Tunnel, a 19-century uncompleted railroad tunnel, and Isaqueena Falls make for interesting visits. Both are located just 20 minutes from the camp.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Lantern Posts
  • Parking Area
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Horses must be tied to the highline, hitching rail, or stalls provided at each site; portable corrals or other devices may be used, but only if they are placed at the designated horse tethering area
  • Do not tie horses where they can chew on trees
  • Dispose of all manure in manure bins
  • Do not place trash in the fire rings
  • Hoses may be used to fill water tanks and horse troughs; do not leave unattended hoses attached to water spigots
  • Pets must be leashed in the campground
  • At single campsites, you may park up to one camper, one horse trailer, and two motor vehicles in your parking spur; at double campsites (sites 6 and 7), you may park up to two campers, two horse trailers, and two motor vehicles in your parking spur
  • Click here for more information on Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests
  • Don't Move Firewood : Help protect our forests! Obtain your firewood near your destination to avoid the spread of pests. Using firewood from outside the area can threaten native trees and forests. Firewood from outside the area is not recommended as some states have quarantines in effect and firewood movement is illegal. Visit don'tmovefirewood.org to learn more.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.86477, -83.22519
34°51'53"N, 83°13'31"W

From Walhalla, go north 6 miles on State Highway 28. Turn left onto Whetstone Road. Go straight for about 5 miles. Continue straight at the four-way stop, for another 1.5 miles. The pavement ends and gravel begins. A sign for Whetstone Horse Camp is about 3/4-mile down the gravel road. The camp is on the left.

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Project Office:(864)638-9568