Hamilton Branch State Park
111 Campground RD | Plum Branch, SC 29845 | Phone: 864-333-2223 | hamiltonbranch@scprt.com

Things To Do

Fishing on Lake Thurmond


  • Fishing Information : Enjoy fishing in Strom Thurmond Lake for bass, bream, crappie, striper, hybrid bass and catfish. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

  • Tackle Loaner Program : This park participates in the Tackle Loaner Program sponsored by the SC Dept. of Natural Resources. Rods and reels are available for loan at the park office.


  • Boating and Boat Access : Two boat ramps provide private boat access to Strom Thurmond Lake.


  • Playground Equipment : Yes
  • Park Store/Gift Shop : The park office has fishing bait, ice, firewood and limited souvenirs for sale.

  • Picnic Shelters : Yes
  • Swimming : Swimming is permitted in Strom Thurmond Lake. There is no designated swimming area and lifeguards are not provided. You may swim at your own risk.

  • Bird Watching : The forests and lakeshore of Hamilton Branch are excellent places to view birds. Guests have the opportunity to see bald eagles, osprey and other migratory waterfowl.

  • Geocaching : Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. For more information visit the official geocaching website.

  • Biking : Yes
  • Other Facilities and Activities : Games are available for check-out in the park office. Our games consist of: horseshoes, bean bag toss, washers, kickballs, soccer balls, footballs, frisbees, board games, puzzles and playing cards.


  • Biking Trails : The park provides an access point for the Steven's Creek Bike Trail.