Parks & Camping

McCormick County is home to multiple South Carolina state parks and campgrounds and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds that offer facilities for recreational vehicles, campers, and primitive campsites. Many of these parks include hiking and bicycling trails, boat launches and many other recreation facilities.

Hamilton Branch State Park

Hamilton Branch State Park occupies a peninsula on the 70,000-acre Lake Thurmond. The park offers fishing, boating and lakefront camping. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts looking to spend time on the water.

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Baker Creek State Park

Baker Creek caters to those looking for fun on Lake Thurmond. If you’re looking for quality, mountain bike trails, the park is home to 10 miles of rolling, loop trails that take bikers through oak and pine woodlands. Camping is offered and Baker Creek is the Base Camp for the SC Blueway trail system.

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Hesters Bottom Campground

Located in Mt. Carmel, South Carolina, Hester’s Bottoms is a beautiful campground that sits on the 70,000 acre Lake Strom Thurmond (also known as Clarks Hill Lake). The campground offers waterfront RV sites and waterfront primitive sites. All of the sites include WiFi and the RV sites offer 50-, 30-, and 20-amp services.

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Hickory Knob State Park

Truly a gem among the McCormick County Pine Forests! This Park offers many amenities and recreational opportunities. Hickory Knob provides an 18-hole championship golf course, buffet restaurant, skeet shooting, boat ramp, archery range, meeting facilities and more than 70 lodge-style rooms.

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