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Baker Creek State Park

Baker Creek State Park - BEST Places to Picnic863 Baker Creek RD
McCormick, SC 29835
Phone: (864) 443-2457

Baker Creek State Park is located adjacent to Lake Thurmond, near the town of McCormick in the county of McCormick, South Carolina. The park sits on land leased in 1967 from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Amenities in the park include two campgrounds, a lakefront pavilion, boat ramps for access to the lake and picnic shelters. The park is home to a nature trail where wildlife such as deer, waterfowl and wild turkeys can be observed. Mountain biking and hiking are popular activities on a 10 mile trail that winds through the park.

Welcome to Baker Creek State Park

Baker Creek State Park is closed for the Winter season beginning December 1st 2008. The park will open for Spring/Summer/Fall season on March 9th, 2009.

Please check for available campsites at Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area and Hickory Knob State Resort Park during this time.

Looking to leave city life behind for a few days. How about a secluded venue to enjoy nature? Baker Creek State Park, located on the shores of Lake Thurmond, is the ideal location for a lengthy camping trip or a relaxing swim.

Along with its campgrounds and lake access, Baker Creek is also known for its 10-mile mountain bike trail, where riders can test their skills as they enjoy the park�s stately pine forest. The park also is a great place to observe wildlife, including waterfowl, wild turkeys, deer and curious squirrels.

Baker Creek also has a large lakefront pavilion ideal for family get-togethers and other gatherings. It�s also just a few minutes from Hickory Knob State Resort Park, with its golf course, restaurant and other full-service resort offerings.


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

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

Picnic Area and Shelters: Two picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Picnic Shelters: Yes
  • Boating: Yes
  • Fishing: Yes
  • Biking: Yes


Nature Trails: Baker Creek State Park offers a one-mile self-guided nature trail.  

  • Wild Mint Nature Trail 

Bike Trails: A 10-mile bike /hiking trail includes three interconnecting-loops which wind along the lake and the quiet, park-interior.

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