13 Jul Exploring Baker Creek State Park
When planning for an outdoor adventure, it’s sometimes hard to make a decision sight unseen. So, let’s start here by exploring Baker Creek State Park. Stay tuned for the other parks in South Carolina’s Old 96 District.
Baker Creek State Park is open March 1 to September 30 annually.
There is a state park entrance fee. For updated fee information, go to South Carolina Parks.
The park overlooks Lake Thurmond, a 71,000+ acre lake bordering South Carolina and Georgia.
It is located at 863 Baker Creek Road, in the town of McCormick.
Reservations for the campground can be made by calling 864-443-2457.
Outdoor adventures of all kinds can be found at Baker Creek State Park.
Baker Creek State Park has standard camp sites with electric and water hook-ups. Many sites have beautiful views overlooking the lake and easy access to the water. Restrooms, showers, and a dump station are available as well. For large group gatherings, you might want to give the primitive camping area a try.
Fish the lake for bass, catfish, crappie, bream and striped bass. You will need a South Carolina fishing license.
Two boat ramps on the park grounds provide private boat access to the lake.
Picnic tables dot the park’s campsites. Two picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
A covered pavilion with adjoining restrooms can host 160 people- a great place to hold a family reunion or other group gathering.
The pavilion overlooks a large beach area, which could also allow water access from your camp site to the pavilion.
A great playground adjacent to the pavilion will give the kids opportunity to burn off some energy while you lounge by the water.
The beach area outside the pavilion, as well as many of the camp sites, offers easy access to the water for swimming. There are no life guards on duty, so swimming is at your own risk.
Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt?! Check out the official Geocaching website for 80+ geocaches within ten miles of McCormick, several of which are on park grounds.
Hiking and Biking
Wild Mint Trail is an easy .8 mile hiking trail winding through the woods along the shoreline. Enjoy the sights and sounds of woodpeckers, wild turkeys, and other wildlife.
Explore the park on mountain bike trails consisting of 10 miles of connecting loops.
If you are looking for a camping getaway with plenty of water access, Baker Creek State Park is a great option. Bring your boat, kayak, jet skis, and swimming floaties. And marshmallows- no camping trip is complete without s’mores. Contact the park at 864-443-2457 or firstname.lastname@example.org.