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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

Midlands

Things To Do

  • 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.

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

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

  • Playground Equipment: Yes
  • 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
  • Birding: 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.
  • Hiking: Yes