This place has three names depending on where you look: Hope Ferry Boat Ramp, Lake Murray Boat Ramp, or the JB Barker Public Boat Landing.
All are the same - a large parking lot at the end of a short dirt road. Trash receptacles, but no other amenities. Cell coverage is acceptable. Alarm for rising water levels.
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A large parking lot at the end of a dirt road that serves as a kayak launch and dock. I saw several locals walking their dogs, fishing, and/or spending time in parked trucks.
I was the only car camper throughout the entire night. A few trucks pulled in throughout the night for an hour or so. I felt safe, and enjoyed the fog lifting off of the water in the morning. I didn't brave swimming, but there is e-coli monitoring information for those interested in a river swim. Special place 🙏🏻🧡Report Check-In
stayed one night, got in late. It was very peaceful. no one bothered us. people started showing up around 7am.Report Check-In
A busy spot in the warmer months, it seems. There was a car with a boat on a trailer blasting music around 1:30am on Sunday night - maybe just due to the busyness of Memorial Day weekend. River is nice and cold, took a refreshing morning dip! One other overlander was there when I was. So, not too quiet but the nice river made up for it. Cheers!Report Check-In
Beautiful spot! Came here and realized it was on here after haha. Very quiet night and empty in the morning. Would stay again!Report Check-In
Glad I didn’t check in on the 16th like johnnyappleseed. We came in on the 17th and stayed 3 nights. No one setting up music in the field at midnight. We had 3 quiet nights. We found it to be a great spot.Report Check-In
Based on the solid reviews/experiences that were posted here, we decided to give this a shot on a Friday evening. While we were eating dinner there were several people coming and going. By the time we decided to head to bed at around 10 or so, there were a pair of younger guys being kind of loud but they left within 30 minutes of being there… nbd. Thought we were in the clear until a car pulls up around 11:30, and a guy starts unloading audio equipment out of his car and carting it into the larger field behind us. Next thing we know, we have a generator running and this guy is blaring dubstep music at midnight. We decided to tough it out until the two fellas that were there before decided to come back with their vehicle wrecked and they appeared to be drunk. We left and parked at the Cracker Barrel near the interstate as that was just the last straw for us.
Seemed like a nice spot but I’m guessing this place is a somewhat secluded hangout spot on Friday evenings. Not sure I would try staying here again on a weekend.Report Check-In
An unpaved road leads down to a boat ramp and paved lot large enough for 15-20 vehicles. The unpaved road isn't great, but we made it down in our converted shuttle bus without issues. Beautiful river! Lots of local visitors throughout the day, but nights are quiet after 10pm. In the early evening, this seems to be a hideaway for stoners, lovers, and the occasional group of rowdy kids. Also saw a K9 police unit come down for training one day. There's a huge ag property right next to the lot, but it's a "no trespassing" area, and the owner makes visits to check on his land. Nice enough if you stay off, but he'll definitely call the cops if he finds you over there, so (of course) be respectful. Overall, a beautiful little stop for a night or two regardless of your rig.
Oh, and someone posted about an alarm. That's got nothing to do with people being present: it pertains to the river's water level rising. It only went off once during our stay, and after maybe three minutes, it shut off again.Report Check-In
Quiet paved lot on the river. Road in isn't paved but perfectly drivable in my sprinter. Secluded, nice place. No one else there overnight. In the morning, boaters started arriving around 8am. No one bothered me. Nice place.Report Check-In
We stayed here 2 nights. Nobody bothered us. Plenty of room in the parking lot for our 40’ skoolie and car dolly and still tons of space for trucks and boats.Report Check-In
On a long trip from Ohio to Florida. this was a perfect place to stop. the only problem we had is fisher men starting up the 2 stroke motors at 4:30am.we got there on a Friday night / sat morning. I would think this would not be a problem on week days. but after all this is a public boat ramp. thank you Ioverlander. we had no trouble finding this place.Report Check-In