Hamilton Branch State Park
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Introduction

731-acre Hamilton Branch State Park, located in Plum Branch, South Carolina, occupies a peninsula on the 70,000-acre Lake Thurmond. The park’s location makes it an ideal fishing spot. Guests to the park will find ample activities to fill their days. Hamilton Branch State Park offers the ability to engage in such outdoor activities as hiking, biking, geocaching, fishing, boating and lakefront camping.

Lovely Hamilton Branch State Park’s rolling, wooded terrain is home to a large variety of wildlife. Don't be surprised to see fox squirrels and deer during your stay. The park is also renowned for its wide variety of trees. Tree species in the park include pines, oaks, hickory, sweetgum, and dogwoods. Guests to the park are enchanted by the gentle white clouds of dogwood blooms each spring.
Hamilton Branch State Park maintains 150 spacious camp sites, with the ability to accommodate RV’s up to 40 feet in length. Guest to Hamilton Branch State Park with a penchant for privacy will enjoy the feeling of solitude this park offers. Unlike many South Carolina camping experiences, Hamilton Branch State Park offers a feeling of seclusion unique to this stunning wooded campground.

Hamilton Branch State Park provides an ideal space for shoreline fishing. Anglers looking for deeper waters can access the lake via two private boat ramps and fish for bass, bream, striper, catfish or crappie. Hamilton Branch State Park also offers guests the opportunity to enjoy group picnic shelters, biking and hiking along a moderate 12-mile multi-use trail, and swimming and boating in Lake Thurmond.

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Transportation in Hamilton Branch State Park

Driving

The park's address is:

111 Campground Road
Plum Branch, SC 29845

Driving Directions:
From I-20: In Augusta GA guests will take exit 200. Guests will turn rt. onto GA Hwy 104/River Watch Pkwy. Guests will then turn rt onto Hwy 28/Furys Ferry Road and drive 19 miles. Guests will be driving along a heavily forested road. They will see the park entrance on their left. They will notice a few buildings just before the turn, also on their left. If guests see Williams Long Rd on the right they have gone too far.

The park is located approximately:

Charlotte, NC: 180 miles

Columbia, SC: 75 miles

Atlanta, GA: 172 miles

Augusta, GA: 25 miles

Parking

Guest to Hamilton Branch State Park will find parking available at the park entrance, near the boat ramp, and within the campground.

Public Transport

There is no public transportation available within the park.

Campgrounds and parking in Hamilton Branch State Park

Campsites in Hamilton Branch State Park

Reservations camping

Hamilton Branch

Lovely wooded Hamilton Branch State Park maintains a variety of lodging options. The campground sits along the shores of Strom Thurmond Lake. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet. The park maintains eight comfort stations which include restroom facilities with hot showers throughout the park. There are two dump stations are available for RVs.

Those with a penchant for privacy will enjoy the feeling of solitude this park offers. Unlike many South Carolina camping experiences, guests to Hamilton Branch State Park will note a feeling of seclusion unique to this stunning wooded campground.
Camping reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights and should be made at least one day in advance of check-in. The park maintains 173 Standard Sites with electrical and water hook-up. During high demand an overflow camping area is available and includes 33 sites with electrical and water hook-ups. The park also maintains 11 Designated Tent Sites. These sites provide water, but no electrical hook-up. Adventurous guests will also find a primitive group camping area. This area is ideal for organized groups of up to 400 people. This area includes picnic tables, a fire ring, and nearby restroom facilities.
Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept 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.

Guests with an interest in fishing will note that they can reserve one of the 150 lakefront campsites. Guests can luxuriate in the beauty of Lake Thurmond from their campsite.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Hamilton Branch State Park

In-Season

Fishing

Enjoy fishing in Strom Thurmond Lake for bass, bream, crappie, striper, hybrid bass and catfish. Guests are invited to fish from the shore or to enjoy fishing from a boat on the lake itself. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.
Hamilton Branch State Park participates in the Tackle Loaner Program sponsored by the SC Dept. of Natural Resources. This means that guests will find rods and reels available for loan at the park office. Guests will find that two boat ramps provide private boat access to Strom Thurmond Lake. The park office has fishing bait, ice, firewood and limited souvenirs for sale.

SC Wild's Heritage Center of Plantation Quilts

Guests to Hamilton Branch State Park with an interest in history and/or textiles will be enamored with the SC Wild’s Heritage Center of Plantation Quilts. The collection of unique quilts and historical artifacts belongs to author Teresa B. Kemp. Ms. Kemp warmly engages guests in this interactive museum located right in the center of nearby McCormick.

Guests will find the museum easily and will be pleased to find ample parking, handicap accessibility, and free arts and crafts activities included in the cost of guided tours. The museum is housed in an old train depot. Guests will find the petite building literally stuffed with artifacts. Guests are encouraged to touch and engage in the museum experience.

Heritage Gold Mine Park

Adventurous guests to Hamilton Branch State Park will find a visit to Heritage Gold Mine Park an engaging experience. Open on the first and third Saturday and Sunday of each month May through October, the park allows guests to pan for gold and sift for gems. The mine is located in nearby McCormick, SC just north of the intersection of US 378 and US 221.

Guests to the Heritage Gold Mine Park will see open trenches, pits, vertical shafts, dewatering piping, and a horizontal tunnel from the original 1850’s gold mine. It should be noted that this was the second richest vein of gold in the state of South Carolina in the original gold rush.

The mine is listed on the National Historic Register and offers guests self-guided tours as well as the opportunity to try their hand at panning for gold and screening for gems. It should be noted that the gold guests find is naturally occurring gold.

Off-Season

Hiking

Hamilton Branch State Park maintains two trails within the park. These are the Hamilton Branch Connector which is a 0.3-mile multi-use trail that connects to the 12-mile Stevens Creek Trail. Those interested in exploring the great outdoors will welcome a quiet hike along the moderate multi-use Stevens Creek Trail. This trail leads guests through tall trees along a creek. The trail provides a nice hike over hilly terrain. Due to the proximity to the creek, you may experience some difficult from the creek overflowing its banks during unusually rainy weather. However, the trail is quite easy to follow and leads you through a beautiful wooded forest where you can expect to glimpse native wildlife. You may also enjoy the Paleo Trail. This is a fun one and a half-mile hiking trail winding through thick forest. Lucky guests may spot a bald eagle nested along this trail.

Geocaching

If you are unfamiliar with geocaching, it is essentially a modernized form of treasure hunting. "Geocachers" use apps or GPS devices to locate caches. Each cache holds a log-book and many contain trinkets for trading. Geocaching is a fun and inexpensive way to engage the family in outdoor activity. Children are often very fond of this pastime as they get to locate a hidden object and trade the small toys or trinkets found inside.

Guests to Hamilton Branch State Park who enjoy geocaching will be excited to hear that there is a cache within the park. This cache is part of the SC State Park Geocache Challenge. Guests will be looking for a 50-cal ammo box, 150 feet from the parking area.
This cache is part of the South Carolina State Park Service Geocache Challenge. There are four regions within the State Park challenge. Guests will find different numbers of geocache locations within each of the four regions. In each posted cache, there is a hint, a number that will be used in the formula given in the description for the regional mystery cache, leading you to the final cache in each region.

International Disc Golf Center

Guests to Hamilton Branch State Park who enjoy disc golf will be excited to know that there the International Disc Golf Center is just a short drive away. The PDGA International Disc Golf Center, located in nearby Appling, GA, is a must see for every disc golf enthusiast. The center maintains a 2,700 sq. ft clubhouse. The center provides guests with a training center, practice putting greens, and three championship courses. A visit to the disc golf center provides guests with the opportunity to improve every aspect of their knowledge and skill at the game.

The International Disc Golf Center houses the Ed Headrick Memorial Museum. Guests to the museum will find items from the early days of disc golf. Exhibits include items like the first proto-type pole-hole and flying discs from past to present. Guests will also see The Disc Golf Hall of Fame, a tribute to the legends of disc golf. Guests to the center will also find a pro shop with exceptionally friendly staff that will help you locate whatever you need to enjoy the sport of disc golf. Guests can refresh themselves at the Roddick Tournament Pavilion.

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