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


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

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$2 adults; $1.25 US seniors; age 15 & 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.

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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



Hamilton Branch Connector

Length: 0.3 miles
Type: Mountain Biking/ Hiking Trail
Difficulty: Easy 
Description: This short section of trail is just a connector to a much longer trail, the Stevens Creek Trail, which follows Stevens Creek. To get to the Stevens Creek Trail, cross US 221 and turn right onto McCormick County S­33­93. After the paving ends, turn left at the first left, which is Forest Service Road 632. Forest Service Road 632 ends at the Stevens Creek Trail.  

Paleo Hiking Trail

Length: 1.5 miles

Type: Hiking Trail

Difficulty: Easy 

Description: Enjoy the scenic view of this short hiking trail. Following the trail markers on the trees (white signs with black arrows), you will wander up and down through a thick forest of pines and hardwoods. Take a second to stop and enjoy the beautiful landscape and ravines formed over time by heavy rainfall. All through this area you may encounter a variety of birds, snakes, and other wildlife such as white tail deer, raccoon and fox squirrels. You may also be lucky enough to sight a bald eagle that nests in this area as you make your way back to the Gift Shop.

Remember to wear insect repellent in warm weather. Pets are permitted only on leashes. Restrooms and other amenities are available at the Gift Shop.