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Hickory Knob State Resort Park, McCormick

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
3.3/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
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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  • I would have given it a 5 but stayed in the campground and it needs help to truly make this a resort. The golf course was in great shape with clubhouse that serve breakfast and lunch with shop as well...  read more »
  • This is a great place to come by boat. It is a moderate walk from the boat dock to the restaurant. They have a great Sunday brunch. We go by car to play their golf course. They also have a barn they r...  read more »
  • Visited here as part of a retreat for 70 people of varying ages. The motel room type accommodations were surprisingly clean and comfortable, if not a little dated. The food in the restaurant was excel...  read more »
  • I think this was one of my BEST TRIPS EVER!!!!! We had so many nature , we saw 4 deer (including a baby), 3 foxes, and 3 raccoons. This place has so many things to do, it's a good way to get the kids out of the house! There is fishing, tennis , a HUGE pool , a nature trail , a golf course, and SO much more!!! I would definitely recommend it to really anyone! The people who work here are AWESOME, especially the maids, they clean the place so well. Hope you come here and have a great time!
  • The park is nice, but the hotel rooms were a place to sleep at best. Admittedly wasn't there for that, but if the location isn't key drive for accommodations.
  • I have been coming since I was a child and I love it! Nature hikes or just sitting in the cabin, a great view of nature. The last night we saw an armadillo and watched him shuffle thru the pinestraw. While on a hike we saw a family of white tail deer that we saw again frolicking behind the cabin. Red squirrels I had never seen in person before. Missed the family of foxes, but we're going back in November :-) Fishing is off the chain! Water so clear you see the bottom of the lake at 10'. Rent a canoe for about $10 and explore the coves. Apparently there is a striped/spotted bass hybrid, so gear up on these smarties! If you like golfing, look no further! $20-$30 (seasonal) gets you all 18 holes AND a cart. Oh boy do you need it with all the gorgeous rolling hills. Even if you don't "play", get a set of cheap clubs from a pawn shop and a bag of balls. Just have fun! Also archery and skeet shooting which we will do next time since I learned you can bring your own shot gun/rifle. The best part though is the quiet peace of being in a cabin in the woods. Yet there is the hotel section with the restaurant, ice machine, pool, and gathering room. How a city girl likes to rough it! Now, this doesn't mean wear heels and forget the parka. This is NATURE! Get bug spray and check the farmer's almanac for potential forecast of troublesome weather. Many of these cabins were built in the 1970's so there is a little wear, but they are kept. No bugs or funny smells. The huuricane/flood of Oct 2015 prompted many repairs and upgrades. So if it's been a while, come on back! There is a little convenience station at the start of the park and that's about it for miles so bring snacks and drinks. The restaurant is menu and buffet style with reasonable prices (beer is available at bar prices :-$). The staff are above and beyond. Even the room teams are smiling and happy to be there. I would be too if I got to work in such a beautiful atmosphere.
  • We had a lot of fun hiking and exploring. The hotel rooms were nothing fancy other than the fact that they had a great view of the lake! For a quiet relaxing trip it was perfect.
  • Went on the Lakeview Loop. It's a nice loop that is almost in constant view of the lake. It was less traveled, and the grass was high in some places. I didn't notice any bathrooms at the start and stop of the loop.
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