Total Miles ~43 miles
Total Travel Time ~ 47 min.
- I-20 E
- SC 277 N
- I-77 N
- Exit 41 to Winnsboro
- Left on US 21
- Right on Hwy 101
- Left on State Park Rd.
|My Picnic Table|
- Mini Hachette/hammer~cut firewood and stake tarp down
- Amsteel rope ~tarp tie offs
- Wood Gas Stove~cooking and campfire
- Ski mask~mornings and sleeping at night
- 0 degree sleeping bag~sleeping
- Waist backpack~Trail hiking
- 5 in1 whistle
- FireSteel~starting campfire and stoves
- (3) Flashlights and a headlamp~for nighttime and early morning
- Camouflage gloves~cooking, morning warmth and gathering wood
- Survival Knife
- Aluminum tent stakes
- Lighter~to burn end of ropes and start campfires
- Vaseline cotton balls~tender
- (2) Soft Shackle Carabiner~ used to hang Warbonnet Blackbird Hammock
- Camp stool~campfire & Trail seat
- Titanium plate & spork, salt-n-pepper shaker
- Warbonnet Blackbird Hammock~sleeping, napping and relaxing
- Toothpaste & toothbrush
- Sponge~washing dishes
- Camouflage hat
- Aluminum cup~cocoa sipping
- Rain fly & Tarp
- 6 pack of AA & AAA batteries
- 2 days change of cloths
- (2) Instant cocoa
- Instant rice
- 1 MRE’s (“Meals Ready to Eat”)
- 1 bag of peppermint candy
- Nekot Cookies (2 pack)
- Marshmallows (Chocolate and Vanilla swirl)
- PAM cooking spray
- Can of Mandarin oranges
- Can of Pineapples
- Can of Corn Beef Hash
- Bacon Spam
Cost per night to Camp = $21.00
Park Entrance Fee = $0.00
- Campsite to start of Desportes Island Trail ~ .4 miles
- Desportes Trail Loop ~ .7 miles
- Desportes Trail Start to Campsite ~ 0.4 miles
- Total hiked~ 1.5 miles
3:23 pm ~ I arrive at Lake Wateree State Recreational area. I am headed to the Visitors Center to check in.
|Park Visitors Office/ Bait Shop|
|My Site Number|
|My Car and Site|
|Hammock spread out|
|One side of hammock up|
|Hammock up and ready|
|My Complete Hammock Shelter|
|Kids on the Camp Loop|
6:40 pm ~ As I return to my site, I reflect on the detour I took from the comfort center. I decided to take a walk around the camp loop. I saw loots of neat campers, RV's and different size tents. Some huge like a cabin, some small like a room, but I was the only hammock camper out there. Makes me feel like a pioneer.
|Tents at Campground|
|Camp Loop Rd. |
|Festive RV camper|
|Friday nights MRE dinner|
|My "BLACK OPS" look|
|Camp Cornbeef hash|
|Fishing shore / Kitchen Stairs|
|One of many Boaters|
|Can you find the spider in the web?|
As I hike along the trail, I see that the trail pulls off the main section and goes down to another section of the water. I follow it. When I get to the end I see another peaceful spot. I called it the "Gateway of Serenity." I sat here for a while, thinking that this almost looks like a gate to something.
|"The Gateway of Serenity"|
|Open Lake View|
|Side Lake View|
|Boiling some water|
12:08 pm ~ As I finish boiling my water for my noodles, I realize that green pine needles burn wonderfully. They are a great way to re-ignite a campfire. Oh well, time to combine hot water with noodles and enjoy my lunch!
|Instant Noodles for Lunch|
|Relaxing in the Blackbird|
2:47 pm ~ I return back to camp and decide to sit in my lawn chair and munch on the Toffee rolls, dried peanuts and a oatmeal cookie from my MRE Friday night. Turns out the Toffee rolls are just Tootsie rolls. NEAT! This is just and intermediate snack until dinner as I sit on my back porch in front of the lake.
|Final Snack before I nap...again|
|Part 2 of my Saturday Nap|
6:00 pm ~ Dinner is done. Time to eat!
|Camp Chunk Chicken and Rice|
6:26 pm ~ My Blackbird is all setup for the night. Got my sleeping bag in and all the additional cold weather clothing is all packed away and ready for tonight. Headed to the Comfort Center to address "Mother Nature" and then its back to camp to start a campfire. Video 6
6:58 pm ~ Back at camp. I got my campfire started. Time to roast some Marshmallows.
|My Wood Gas Campfire|
8:41 pm ~ The campfire is all done. Seems like I burned the campfire for hours. You kind of lose track of time when you are relaxed and completely enjoying yourself as I did this weekend. I get my night cloths ready for sleeping tonight and head to the Comfort Center to change.
9:36 pm ~ Back from the Comfort Center. I am comfy in my Blackbird with my ski mask, long sleeve shirt, sleeping bag and my plastic camp pillow. The pillow works like a champ as long as you don't blow it up completely. Leaving a little air out of it gives your head a little cushion. I should be a little warmer than last night. To sleep I go.
6:28 am ~ I am up from a GREAT night's sleep. I slept completely though the night. I LOVE HAMMOCKS AND I LOVE SLEEPING IN MY BLACKBIRD HAMMOCK! I slept like a baby last night. I was very warm. As I put on my shoes and put my jacket on, I search around camp to make sure I have enough wood for my breakfast stove cooking. I am headed to the Comfort Center to change out of these sleeping cloths.
7:35 am ~ I have the stove burning and after spraying some PAM on my camp frying pan, I sliced up and threw on the Bacon SPAM to fry up. Tasted pretty good.
8:02 am ~ Cocoa is all done. Time to start cleaning up camp. Get everything packed away and in the car as I get ready to leave Lake Wateree.
8:34 am ~ As I come back from the Comfort Center for the last time this weekend, I continue to break down camp. I have to be out of the campsite by noon.
10:00 am ~ I make one last round of my cleaned campsite to make sure I have everything and have not left anything. I say my goodbyes to the lake and get in the car and pull away.
In closing, I would like to say that Lake Wateree State Recreational Area has it own beauty. Because it has only on hiking trail, I cannot compare it to Congaree, but the one trail was everything I expected it to be. The people were nice, the scenery was great and the most important factor, Hammocks are welcome! I definitely look forward to coming back!
I have placed all my pictures in a number of places for readers, friends, co-workers and family of this blog. If you have a Facebook account you view my pictures of the trip on my photos tab if you are a Facebook friend of mine. For those of you viewers who are not a Facebook friend, you can still view my Complete Trip pictures or you can check out my YOUTUBE Channel that will have all the videos from the trip. Just look for the videos that begin with "Lake Wateree State Recreational Area".
As always, Stay Cool and Stay Outdoors!!!
I am XtremeKatfishn, and I am OUT the DOORS!!!