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TRAVEL ADVISORY

The Conifer campground boat ramp is closed until further notice due to low lake levels. Visitors may still use the boat ramp located in the day use area.  For more information, please contact the park directly.

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HOURS

M-Su 6 a.m. - dark, daily

OFFICE

4 p.m. - 5 p.m. (extended hours during peak season)

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ADMISSION

$2 adults; $1.25 US seniors; age 15 & younger free

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PETS

Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.

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BY THE NUMBERS

4 primitive group sites available for organized groups

2 boat ramps so you can fish, ski, boat and more on Lake Thurmond

150 awesome campsites- most of which are waterfront

3 picnic shelters for  your group get-together by the lake

12+ miles of trails for hiking and biking

731 wooded, rolling acres in rural McCormick county

Hamilton Branch State Park

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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of fishing license do you need to fish in Lake Thurmond?

Both SC and GA fishing licenses are valid for Lake Thurmond.  For more information on purchasing a SC fishing license, visit the SC Dept. of Natural Resources website.

Where may I rent a power boat or jet ski?

There are several marinas that rent boats on the lake. Some that are close by include:  Savannah Lakes Marina 864-391-3477, Trade Winds Marina 706-541-1380 and Hayes Marine 706-541-9111.

Are there any cabins available for rent at Hamilton Branch?

There are no cabins available for rent at the park.  The closest park with cabins is Hickory Knob State Resort park also located on Lake Thurmond.  Visit Hickory Knob's webpage or contact them via phone at:  864-391-2450.

What is the current level for Lake Thurmond?

For more information on lake levels, visit the Army Corps of Engineers website and view the information for Lake Thurmond.

Can you provide more information on fishing regulations?

More information on fishing rules and regulations can be found on the SC Dept. of Natural Resources website.

Are there any hiking trails at the park?

Yes, the park has a short .25 mile down and back trail called Hamilton Branch Connector. Located near the park is Stevens Creek/Modoc Trail.  For more information visit the Sumter National Forest website.

Where is the park’s Ultimate Outsider stamp located?

Our Ultimate Outsider stamp is located at our kiosk in front of the main office.

Where can I find a list of state park rules and regulations?

You can find the South Carolina State Park rules and regulations, along with campground rules and regulations at this link.

For more general, statewide frequently asked questions, please click here.