Quiet densely wooded 1,305-acre Baker Creek State Park, located in the western hills of South Carolina, offers a tranquil space to relax and enjoy 71,100-acre Lake Thurmond. Whether you are looking for a quiet place to enjoy lake life or a jumping off spot for exhilarating outdoor adventure, Baker Creek State Park is your place. This park offers 10-miles of mountain bike trails, hiking trails, fishing, and boating access.
The park resides in the mature mixed pine and hardwood forests surrounding Lake Thurmond. It offers 50 camp sites. Guests will find many options for sites with serene lakeside camping. Some of the sites can accommodate RV’s up to 45-feet in length. The park maintains 49 family camp sites. All campsites have electric and water hookups, a table, fire ring and grill. Guests to the campground will find themselves in a mature mixed pine and hardwood forest. Large trees provide shade to most of the campsites. Baker Creek State Park campground has restrooms with flush toilets, showers, drinking water, camp store, and a dump station. Primitive Group camping is also available.
The park offers guests many options for outdoor recreation. There are two boat ramps with access to 71,000-acre Lake Thurmond allowing for easy boating and fishing on the lake. Visitors looking for a venue for a family or group celebration/outing will find the covered pavilion overlooking the lake an ideal space for groups of up to 160 people. Those with smaller groups will find two picnic shelters available on a first-come, first-served basis as well.
RV Rentals in Baker Creek State Park
Transportation in Baker Creek State Park
Guests to the park should be mindful that some of the dirt roads within the park may present a challenge for those hauling trailers. Roads are particularly difficult following severe weather.
The park's address is:
Baker Creek State Park
863 Baker Creek Rd.
McCormick, SC 29853
Guests driving from McCormick will take US-378 W for approximately three-miles. They will then make a sharp right turn at the park sign and continue for one-mile. If you miss this turn, you will quickly find yourself crossing a bridge over the lake. Guests will be driving through densely forested park land and will take their first left at the park entrance. If you miss this turn, you will find yourself at Cedar Hill Rd/State Rd 33-43 and will need to turn around as you have left park land.
Guest to Baker Creek State Park will find parking available near the boat ramp, beside the park office, and within the campground.
There is no access to public transportation available within the park.
Campgrounds and parking in Baker Creek State Park
Campsites in Baker Creek State Park
Baker Creek State Park
Guests to lovely secluded 1,305-acre Baker Creek State Park will revel in the solitude of nature here. For those interested in an overnight stay or longer, the park maintains a campground which is opened seasonally from March 1 to September 30 of each year. The park offers a campground with 49 single family campsites for tents, trailers, and RV’s along the shores of massive Lake Thurmond. Some of these sites can accommodate RV’s up to 45-feet in length. Guests will find all campsites outfitted with electric and water hookups, a table, fire ring and grill. The campground resides in a mature mixed pine and hardwood forest. So, guests should expect to find large trees here that provide shade to most of the campsites. Baker Creek State Park campground has restrooms with flush toilets, hot showers, drinking water, a camp store, and a dump station. Primitive Group camping is also available.
Guests choosing to make Baker Creek State Park home during their outdoor adventure will find 10 miles of mountain biking trails available to them within the park. Fishing, boating, and swimming are also popular past-times enjoyed here at 71,000-acre Lake Thurmond.
Seasonal activities in Baker Creek State Park
Guests to Baker Creek State Park with an interest in history and local culture will want to make a trip to Plantation Quilts in nearby McCormick. This non-profit organization is located in the 108-year old McCormick Train Depot. Guests are invited to enjoy the exhibits of quilts and participate in interactive learning opportunities. The engaging curator, Ms. Teresa R. Kemp, wrote “Keeper of the Fire,” and offers guided tours of the space. Guests are encouraged to gaze upon quilts dating back to the 1800’s and learn about the tradition of quilting as well as other aspects of the history of this area.
Guests will want to bring their mountain bikes along for their outing to Baker Creek State Park. The park maintains one of the most popular mountain biking trails in South Carolina. This moderately difficult 10-mile trail begins near the park office at the kiosk area. The trail takes bikers on a medium to strenuous ride through rolling hills. This is a two-loop dirt trail. Guests will move quickly through various natural habitats along their ride. They will note the change from oak to pine woods and will see an occasional poplar. Expect to see a variety of birds, reptiles, and other native wildlife along the lush creek-side vegetation. The trail is easy to follow, but watch for markers and signs indicating where the trail coincides with forest access roads. Although not technically difficult, be aware that this trail is strenuous in places.
Guests to the Baker Creek State Park will want to remember to pack their sunscreen and swimsuit when heading out to this lovely secluded lakeside park. Many of the campsites available within the park rests along the water’s edge making a quick dip in the lake an inviting alternative in the hot summer month. Guests are invited to swimming at their own risk in massive 71,000-acre Lake Thurmond. Guests choosing to swim from a boat are encouraged to wear life vests at all time and to remember that coves are often further away than they look from the water. So, please, be mindful that you don’t overestimate your swimming abilities.
Guests to Baker Creek State Park with an interest in this modern twist to treasure hunting will be excited to hear that this park participates in the SC State Park Geocache Challenge. Guest new to the idea of geocaching will find this an easy cache to start on. Guests looking for the Baker Creek State Park Cache are looking for a 50-cal ammo box. The cache is fairly easy to find and is located 90 feet off an old logging road.
Fishing Thurmond Lake
Be sure to pack your fishing in preparation for your adventure to Baker Creek State Park. This secluded densely wooded park maintains two boat ramps providing guests private boat access to massive 71,000-acre Strom Thurmond Lake. The lake is an ideal place to fish for several species of bass, crappie, catfish, bream and striper, with many shaded spaces to stop and cast a line. Note that a valid South Carolina fishing license is required for fishing here.
Pack your hiking shoes. The park maintains two easy trails through the dense forests surrounding Strom Thurmond Lake. Guests will find both a nature trail and a short walking trail to enjoy within this park. The Wild Mint Nature Trail guides hikers on a .8-mile scenic path. Although this trail is occasionally steep, it is a fairly easy stroll. The trail descends toward the lake and guides guests through the woods where they will find scenic views of the lake shore. Don't be surprised to encounter native wildlife along this trail.
Another short hiking option in the Baker Creek State Park is the .7-mile Walking Trail that begins near the boat ramp parking area. This moderately difficult loop trail plunges down toward the lake into a mature largely hardwood forest. This trail offers scenic views of the lake and the opportunity to view native wildlife in their natural habitat. Pets are welcome so long as they are maintained on a leash and there are restrooms available at the boat ramp parking area.