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On the edge of South Carolina’s Midlands is McCormick County, home of Hamilton Branch State Park. The neighboring town of Plum Branch, South Carolina, is roughly an hour and a half from the state capital, Columbia. The drive from Augusta, Georgia, is less than 45 minutes, as the park borders on the state line.

The state park RV campgrounds are the perfect spot for campers who enjoy spending time on the water. A unique feature of Hamilton Branch State Park is that it offers lakefront camping on J. Strom Thurmond Lake’s 1,200 miles of shoreline. The massive reservoir boasts a surface area of over 70,000 acres and is named after a famous United States senator. Be sure to book an RV in McCormick County so you can experience boating, fishing, and other water sports on one of the largest lakes east of the Mississippi.

Getting Outdoors

Fishing is a popular activity among Hamilton Branch State Park campers. However, you must have a South Carolina fishing license to participate in this activity. If you forget to bring your fishing equipment, you can rent equipment, including rods, reels, and tackle boxes, from the park office as part of the Tackle Loaner Program. Bass, bream, catfish, crappie, and striper are among the species of fish commonly found in Strom Thurmond Lake. Shoreline fishing is made especially convenient by the park’s lakefront campsites. Guided fishing tours are available out of Clarks Hill, South Carolina. Campers also have access to two boat ramps from which private boats may be launched. If you’re in search of alternative water sports, there's a kayak and stand-up paddleboard rental service in nearby Modoc, South Carolina.

The park features a single mile-and-a-half-long hiking trail. The Paleo Hiking Trail is rated easy and provides Hamilton Branch campers with a short, scenic hike. As you walk through the forest, you'll have the chance to admire hardwoods and towering pines from which wisteria vines hang in the spring. Over time, heavy rainfall has shaped the landscape surrounding the trail to include interesting ravines. The area is home to wildlife such as the white-tail deer and fox squirrel. You might even spot a bald eagle!

If you’re interested in biking, you can access the 12-mile Stevens Creek Bike Trail from a short bike trail located within the park. If you forget to bring a bike with you on your RV camping trip, there’s no need to despair. You can rent a bike from the park office any day of the week.

Camping at Hamilton Branch State Park

The park features over 150 campsites with electricity and water, many of which are lakefront. Even if your rental RV is large, don’t worry; some campsites can accommodate RV rentals as long as 40 feet. The park contains eight comfort stations, which include hot showers, and two dump stations for your convenience. Three picnic shelters are available for use when they're not reserved.

If you plan on staying for at least two nights, you can make a reservation for a campsite online or over the phone. Same-day reservations can be made only through the park. Pets are welcome at campsites but must remain caged or leashed while there.

Exploring the Area

Before leaving McCormick County, fill up your RV rental at one of several gas stations scattered throughout the county. Make sure to stop in the county seat, McCormick, which is roughly 20 minutes from the park. You can peruse local art at the McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK). While there, you’ll also have the chance to admire the historic Hotel Keturah, in which the MACK is housed. At South Carolina Wild's Heritage Center of Plantation Quilts, you can discover a different form of art and learn about history through quilts.

Once you've enjoyed all of the activities that McCormick County has to offer, drive your motorhome rental roughly 40 minutes north to the town of Ninety Six, South Carolina. The town’s unusual name is the result of its rich historical past from colonial outpost to Revolutionary War battleground. The Ninety Six National Historic Site, also called “Star Fort,” marks the location of the Revolutionary War’s first Southern land battle, which was succeeded by a second battle at the Historic Site.

When you’re ready to cross the state line, drive approximately 40 minutes south to Augusta, Georgia. The city is famous for the Masters golf tournament. Downtown Augusta also houses a variety of museums and restaurants and serves as a cultural hub for the area.

RV Rentals in Hamilton Branch State Park, SC

Hamilton Branch State Park, SC is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Hamilton Branch State Park. Outdoorsy's Hamilton Branch State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Hamilton Branch State Park, SC


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Popular Nearby Campgrounds

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River Bottom Farms Family Campground Lexington County, SC
Lake Oconee / Greensboro KOA Greene County, GA
North Shore Landing Campground Greene County, GA
Magnolia Springs Campground Jenkins County, GA
Anderson / Lake Hartwell KOA Anderson County, SC

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Recommendations for Hamilton Branch State Park, SC from Outdoorsy Owners


Winfield Campground

A quiet cozy campground that is family friendly and pet friendly.

Chill Rowdy
Jun 6, 2019
Clarks Hill

A great place for a full day of fun. Awesome Striper fishing, swimming area for the kids.

Jul 13, 2018
Elijah Clark State Park Road

Love, Love, Love lake life! Clark Hill is the place to be if your from South GA in the summer time! Make your reservations early though or you will be staying on the hill instead of by the lake!

Dog-friendly Social Scene Hookups Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful
Nov 7, 2017