Elijah Clark State Park

Lake Strom Thurmond

Elijah Clark State Park sits on the Georgia side of Lake Strom Thurmond.  This massive state park has it all and is one of the best parks on the lake.  Activities include hiking trails, archery range, canoe rentals, camping, picnicking, fishing, mini-golf, swimming at the beach, volleyball, horseshoes, and basketball.  This state park has many adventures for you to enjoy.

Amenities of the state park include:

  • Historical museum (open weekends April through November)
  • RV camping
  • Tent camping
  • Dump station
  • Group shelter
  • Cottages
  • Archery range
  • Canoe rentals
  • Amphitheater
  • Playground
  • Hiking trails
  • Swim beach
  • Picnic shelters
  • Group shelters
  • Restrooms



There are 20 beautiful cottages on the lake (19 of which are located on the water) for rent within Elijah Clark State Park.  Cottages can be reserved up to 13 months in advance.  All cottages are the same size with two bedrooms and can hold up to eight people.  Dogs are allowed in select cottages with advanced notice.


Camping in the state park can be a wonderful experience.  Within this park there are 165 campsites (84 on the water) and an additional 10 walk-in tent campsites.  21 campsites have 50 AMP power available.  Hot showers, restrooms, and dump stations are located throughout the park.

You can reserve your campsite here.  http://gastateparks.org/ElijahClark


If you want to get out and visit Lake Strom Thurmond for the day, there are plenty of picnic areas within Elijah Clark State Park.  You will find 121 picnic tables, four shelters, and two rest stations.  Additionally, there is a 175 capacity group shelter available for reservation and a 60-capacity beach house that you can be reserved.  Pack a lunch and get out and enjoy the lake!


Fishing is allowed within the state park.  You can even enjoy fishing from the great fishing pier located near the beach.  There are four boat ramps to launch your vessel if you want to fish on the lake itself.

Historic Site

Elijah Clark State Park is named for a frontiersman and Georgia war hero, Elijah Clark, who led pioneers during the Revolutionary War.  On site you can enjoy a renovated and furnished log cabin museum that displays furniture, tools, and utensils as they would be in 1780.  Tours of the museum are available weekends between April and November.  You can also view the grave of Clark and his wife, Hannah.


Park 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Phone Numbers

Park 706-359-3458

Reservations 800-864-7275


2959 McCormick Highway

Lincolnton, GA 30817

Lincoln County


6 miles east of Lincolnton on U.S. Hwy 378



Lake Strom Thurmond

Lake Strom Thurmond

Lake Strom Thurmond