Hickory Knob State Resort Park, McCormick

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Hickory Knob State Resort Park is a state park located on the shores of Lake Strom Thurmond near the town of McCormick in McCormick County, South Carolina. It is the only resort park in the South Carolina State Park system.Activities and amenitiesActivities available at the park include picnicking, fishing, boating, swimming, biking and camping.Amenities include a playground, wi-fi access, basketball court, volleyball court, horseshoe pit, tether and ladder ball. A putting green area is available. Swimming in Lake Thurmond is allowed and a swimming pool is provided for those renting a cabin or room at the lodge. Archery and skeet shooting are available by reservation. Tennis courts are open to those staying at the park overnight. A full-service restaurant is located in the park.A boat ramp on allows for lake access with docks available to overnight visitors. Canoes, kayaks, rods and reels are available for rent at the park office.In addition to tent and RV camping, guests can stay overnight in rooms at the lodge or can rent one of the one or two bedroom cabins located at the park. A rustic group lodge, sleeping up to 13 people, is also available for rental.
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  • We have golfed at the course. Layout is good (except 2 kinky holes), greens are small but need to be to protect the scores. Good restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. have buffets for each. Frie...  more »
  • We're staying at this "resort" for a two night stay. As state parks go, this one won't be on our repeat list and we would not recommend it in its current condition. One of the reasons we usually enjoy...  more »
  • Stayed & ate at lodge as part of their 'Links on the Lake" golf package. Played course there which is in good shape (recommend) & 2 other courses nearby, Tara & Monticello  more »
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  • Stayed in the campground. Sites are small mostly interior sites even though the campground is on the lake. Sites aren't level. The bath house was filthy. All in all this is the least maintained State Park I have ever been to in South Carolina. Even the road into the area leaves you wondering if this isn't their red headed stepchild. Ate dinner at the lodge here, ordered Baby Back ribs. They were extremely tough as well mine were still frozen when brought to our table. Calhoun Falls State Park or Elijah Woods in GA are far superior to Hickory Knob.
  • The campground is good for fishing. There are a few a couple of boat dock good for fishing off of. The lake has a lot of boat activity also. There are cabins and motel room available for those that don't want to camp. They have a restaurant, playground, lounge and pool. The best reason to visit the campsite would be for fishing though. The camp sites next to the lake have really good probably and allow access right to the lake. The sites in the main road get a lot of traffic and are thus noisier. Not all sites are very level and could take some work to level a trailer, and they don't have a gravel pad for tents. Sometime had broken bottles in the site we were at. I wish the sites were cleaner but the bathrooms weren't bad.
  • We will not visit here again. The entrance to park was beautiful, as well as the office. When we entered the campground , we were so disappointed. The bathhouse near us was boarded up, the lot was small and hard to back in to. Roads were gravel with terrible ruts. We only stayed one night and had to leave. If you like primitive camping with no amenities , then this is the place for you!
  • Terrible experience. Made a tee time 4 days in advance for me and my 2 sons and was send off behind a 6some. I went inside to tell them that I was not playing behind 6 people and asked for my money back. I was told very rudely by the lady (New Yorker) behind the counter that the group in front of me had an appointment. (It's called a tee time). She refused to give me a refund and told me to go off the back 9 without even checking to see if anyone was making the turn. I played the back 9 at 2 over par then while making the turn to the front had 2 groups of 5 teeing off on number 1. I just left in frustration after playing a few holes on the front. If you enjoy a rude staff. Crappie conditions and greens that have more weeds on them then grass and extremely slow play. Not to mention a starter that can't speak English and does nothing to speed up play then hickory knobb is the place for you. The place is a goat track run by New Yorkers. Stay away!!!
  • Fun and interesting golf course. Beautiful scenery. Have played here several times and always see wildlife. Last visit crows stole crackers from our carts while we putted. Laughed our heads off! Greens were a little slow last time. Course is maintained to a nice level. Staff pleasant. Price to play golf fair: not cheap but not high. Very fun layout with a couple enjoyable quirky holes. No doubt will play again!
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