Hickory Knob State Park

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1591 Resort Dr, McCormick, SC 29835, United States

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Introduction of Hickory Knob State Park

In the Savannah Lake area of South Carolina, Hickory Knob State Resort Park spans 1,091 acres near Strom Thurmond Lake. Hickory Knob State Resort Park, the only resort park in the state park system, has exceptional recreational options, including a lovely 18-hole championship golf course, trails for hiking, walking, and bicycling; tennis courts; and facilities for archery and skeet shooting.

Hickory Knob has a hotel, park cabins, a restaurant, and meeting spaces in addition to access to a 70,000-acre lake for boating and fishing.

In addition to being a popular hideaway for business meetings, Hickory Knob has become a favoured location for outdoor enthusiasts looking for unusual vacations.

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Campsites in Hickory Knob State Park

Hickory Knob Campground

RV enthusiasts who wish to make the park their temporary home can do so by reserving a campsite at Hickory Knob State Resort Park. Depending on the state of the roads, it may be difficult to reach the campsite, but when they are fine, there are 44 sites available for RVs up to 65 feet long. The dense woodland that covers this region provides partial to complete shade at several of the sites. All campsites feature a picnic table, a grill, and a fire ring, and some of the campground’s sites have water and 30-amp electricity hookups. The campsite has a bathroom with hot showers, a dump station, a playground, a volleyball court, a horseshoe pit, and tetherball and ladder ball courts. Pets are welcome in the campsite even though most lodge rooms and cottages do not accept them. Prior to your arrival, we advise making a reservation.

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Resort Accommodation

The lodging options available at Hickory Knob State Resort Park are one of its distinctive qualities. The park has a lodge with 70 hotel rooms that can sleep two to four people, 16 cottages with one bedroom and one bathroom that can sleep up to four people, and an unusual two-bedroom French Huguenot home that has been renovated.
If you wish to get out of your RV, we advise you to stay in the French Huguenot Guillebeau House. Visitors may experience a traditional French Creole or Huguenot household in this newly relocated 1764 house. This house, which was initially a two-room log cabin, has undergone several expansions throughout time. Up to four visitors may stay in the home’s two bedrooms.
The group lodge, which has room for up to 10 people in barrack-style lodging, is an option for those visiting in big groups. To ensure that you have a place to stay, make sure to make your reservations before you arrive.

Hickory Knob State Park Activities


When packing for your journey to Hickory Knob State Resort Park, don’t forget to include your hiking boots. 12 miles of multi-use paths are kept up in the park and are ideal for strolling along the lake’s shore or meandering through an established pine forest. Three distinct trails that each have a different set of difficulties make up the 12 miles. You should check out the Turkey Ridge Loop Trail or the Beaver Run Trail for those looking for a quick trek. The seven miles of challenging dirt route on the Lakeview Loop are perfect for anyone seeking a greater experience. We advise informing the park officials of your plans ahead of time if you are going on a solo hike.


The beautiful championship golf course within the park is one of its major draws. Golfers should make sure to bring their equipment for this. This 18-hole championship golf course on the water offers golfers breathtaking lake vistas as it winds through pine forests and along the shores of Strom Thurmond Reservoir. Tom Jackson created this course, which will test golfers of all ages and skill levels.

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Nothing beats donning a swimsuit, putting on some sunscreen, and diving into the lake at Hickory Knob State Resort Park to cool down on a hot summer day. You will have several options regarding where to swim because there are sections allocated just for swimmers. A swimming pool that is supplied by the park is also available to guests staying at the cottages or lodge. Be aware that lifeguards may not always be on duty before entering the water.


Biking is done on the same routes that are used for hiking. The 12 miles of difficult paths go through a pine forest and along the lake’s edge, offering stunning views of the lake.


Strom Thurmond Lake is a fantastic place to swim and is also ideal for boats. The boat ramp, which was constructed specifically for park visitors, provides access to Strom Thurmond Lake for boaters. Day-use visitors must pay, however overnight visitors are not charged to use the boat ramp. There is a boat dock that is free for overnight visitors in the park. You don’t own a boat? Do not worry. You can hire kayaks or canoes at the park, so you’re covered there.


It will please visitors to Hickory Knob State Resort Park to know that they may uncover a cache while admiring this beautiful woodland park if they are interested in this contemporary spin on treasure seeking. The Knob on Hickory Knob, a popular geocache, may be found by taking a little detour off the Beaver Run Nature Trail. Although the trek is not very difficult, visitors should be aware that some of the area surrounding the cache is overgrown. Snakes and bugs are other things that cachers should be aware of. It is not advised for young children to use this cache.


Fishing enthusiasts should bring their equipment to Hickory Knob State Resort Park when going on their expedition. The enormous Strom Thurmond Reservoir is a fantastic location to cast a line. Perch, many varieties of bass, and stripers are just a few of the fish that may be found in the park. Additionally, you may fish from a variety of lakeside locations, including the shady coastline, the courtesy dock, or a boat. It’s not an issue if you don’t have any fishing equipment with you and you’ve never gone fishing before. It is even simpler to attempt a new pastime thanks to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ participation in the Tackle Loaner Program. For additional details about the programme, drop by the park office.

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Traveling to Hickory Knob State Resort Park is simple because it is close to the South Carolina–Georgia border. You won’t have any problem locating the park as there is just one major route that leads there and it is accessible through US-378.
There are a few towns nearby if you need to stock up on supplies before your journey, including McCormick (about 11 and a half miles away), Lincolnton (about 14 miles away), and Plum Branch (about 16 miles away) (around 15 miles away). The city of Augusta, which is 48 miles to the southeast, is the one closest to the park. You may also check out the adjacent Baker Creek State Park if you feel like visiting another park while you are in the neighbourhood.
Since the roads are in good shape and don’t have any hazards that might harm your RV, driving in and around the park should be simple. But accessing the campsite is a another matter. It can be a bit risky to get to the campground, and depending on the weather, some campers have mentioned being stuck attempting to leave. If you intend to remain at the campsite, we advise you to phone to inquire about its conditions before leaving.
There is plenty of parking available for visitors to the Hickory Knob State Resort Park at the Long Cane Convention Center, the lodge, next to the golf course, and inside the campsite.


Parking is available.

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Public Transport is available.

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