Hamilton Branch State Park

111 Campground RD
Plum Branch, SC 29845


Located in Plum Branch, South Carolina, Hamilton Branch State Park occupies a peninsula on the 70,000-acre Lake Thurmond. Thanks to activities such as fishing, boating and lakefront camping, the park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts looking to spend time on the water.

Campers can reserve one of more than 150 spacious, lakefront campingsites, an ideal spot 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.

Off the water, Hamilton Branch provides group picnic shelters and a short bike trail that serves as a connector to the 12-mile Stevens Creek Bike Trail.

More South Carolina parks are waiting to be explored! Find more fishing and boating fun at Lake Wateree State Park or explore the state’s longest system ofADA trails at Edisto Beach State Park.

Fishing Information: Enjoy fishing in Strom Thurmond Lake for bass, bream, crappie, striper, hybrid bass and catfish. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

Fishing: Yes
Freshwater Fishing: Yes
Boating and Boat Access: Two boat ramps provide private boat access to Strom Thurmond Lake.

Boating: Yes
Boat Ramp: Yes

Playground Equipment: Yes
Picnic Shelters: Yes
Swimming: Swimming is permitted in Strom Thurmond Lake. There is no designated swimming area and lifeguards are not provided. You may swim at your own risk.

Bird Watching: The forests and lakeshore of Hamilton Branch are excellent places to view birds. Guests have the opportunity to see bald eagles, osprey and other migratory waterfowl.

Biking: Yes
Birding: Yes

Biking Trails: The park provides an access point for the Steven's Creek Bike Trail.
Hiking: Yes


At this time, the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers are removing pine beetle infested trees from the park. Some camping reservations may have to be moved away from the work zones. Please contact park staff for further details and questions.

Camping Information: Camping along the shores of Strom Thurmond Lake is available. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet, others up to 35 feet.

Eight comfort stations which include restroom facilities with hot showers are also located throughout the park.

Two dump stations are available for RVs.

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