Hickory Knob State Park and Resort sits next to the Georgia border and hugs the shores of Lake Thurmond. It’s known by many as a wonderful golfing destination, thanks to the Tom Jackson-designed course inside the park.
And while you could easily spend your entire time on those beautiful greens and fairways, we think you’ll love these 7 ways to enjoy the rest of South Carolina’s only resort park. They’ll show you the wonder that awaits during your next vacation.
To live up to its “resort” moniker, guests have couple of food options at Hickory Knob. The on-site restaurant is where you’ll start, with take-out available if you don’t have time to sit down. Whether or not you’re golfing, the Pro Shop’s Shagbark Snack Bar offers food as well. You can enjoy sandwiches, pizza, and other munchies here.
Bass, crappie, striper, and other species can be caught from the dock at the boat ramp, which sits across the street from the Guillebeau House. The park will even provide you with fishing rods and reels if the need arises. Of course, the waters of Lake Thurmond welcome your boat’s search for the perfect spot.
Kayaking, Canoeing, and SUPing
Speaking of boats, this water is perfect for a kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard, too. Rentals are available at Hickory Knob, but Earth Connection Outfitters is a great area resource outside the park. They’ll deliver boats so you don’t have to leave Hickory Knob.
Shooting (Skeet and Archery)
Guests can also shoot skeet or archery at Hickory Knob. Sessions are made by appointment via the park and if your party is five or more people, at least one week advanced notice is required for appointment. Kids from ages seven and up can take aim at archery, and ages 13 and up can try skeet shooting.
Multi-Use Trails (for Hiking and Biking)
Hickory Knob’s Multi-Use-Trails are perfect, whether you’re mountain biking (intermediate recommended) or hiking. Beaver Run Trail (2.5 miles one way) is a nice mix of tree covered paths that run along the main road from the visitor center toward the shooting area. Additional Hickory Knob trails include the shorter Turkey Ridge Loop Trail (1.7 miles) and much longer Lakeview Loop Trail (7.2 miles).
The park’s pool is surrounded by chairs, tables, and umbrellas for the ultimate day of relaxation. On hot South Carolina days, you’ll need this. The pool is for park guests only, so a room key is required to enter.
Playground (and Games)
For families traveling with little ones, there’s a playground at Hickory Knob. All parents who visit will know it’s possible for kids to always need some play time. That’s true even with all the other fun that the park offers.
Where to Stay at Hickory Knob (Lodging Options)
Here are your options for staying at Hickory Knob. Weeklong stays may be required during busy times.
Guillebeau House ($115 to $161 per night): For the most unique stay at Hickory Knob State Park, call and ask for a reservation here. The Guillebeau House was built in 1753 but recent additions and modifications have made this the perfect place to stay today.
Lodges ($70 to $128 per night): If the Guillebeau House is booked (call in advance!), the Lodges are absolutely ideal for families or couples seeking a nice escape. They accommodate between two and four people and offer either two double beds or one king. (Note: If your family includes a furry friend, some of the Lodges are pet-friendly as of 2020.)
Additional options include the Suites ($78 to $134 per night) which are similar to the lodges. If you’re an RV person or prefer a tent, there are 43 spacious Camping Spots (Rates vary by season) with individual water and electric hookups. You can book via Hickory Knob’s reservation site or by calling its office at 864-391-2450.
What Are You Waiting For?
Hickory Knob State Park and Resort is the perfect mix of natural wonder and modern amenities. Whether you’re seeking time on the water, in it, or along it, this is the place for you. So what are you waiting for? Since you’ve already read this guide, isn’t it time for you to look into booking your next vacation here?
Carl Hedinger is the writer and Christina Riley is the photographer for Travel Through Life. After years of living abroad, they now call the good ole USA “home.” From their base in Durham, North Carolina, they share travel guides, packing lists, and experiences with on Travel Through Life and sister site NC Tripping.