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Due to recent damage caused by a Southern Pine Beetle infestation within the park, intensive forest management will be necessary over the coming weeks. Logging crews will be working from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Campsites directly impacted include sites 19-26 and sites 81-99. For assistance with changing dates or sites, please contact the call center at 866-345-7275. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

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6 a.m. - sunset, daily


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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$3 adults; $1.50 SC seniors; $1 children age 6-15; age 5 & younger free

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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.

Hamilton Branch State Park  Has Wifi

Wifi Available

Hamilton Branch State Park  Has EV Charging Station

EV Charging Station

Hamilton Branch State Park


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?

There is an easy, 1.5-mile hiking trail on the park called the Paleo Hiking Trail.  Also, located near the park is Stevens Creek/Modoc Trail.  For more information on this trail, 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.


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