Baker Creek State Park Campground

McCormick, South Carolina

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It was a gorgeous spring afternoon when I arrived at Baker Creek State Park. The yellow sun was glinting through the spring-green trees. Lake Strom Thurmond was rippling as I rolled through the hills of the well-manicured park. Birds were singing the praises of rebirth. I found the camping area and turned into camping Loop 1. The hillside and lakefront camps were inviting—yet there wasn’t a soul in them! I couldn’t understand why and sought out the park manager, who explained that the electricity had been taken out of the loop; therefore, the electric loop, Loop 2, got most of the business. From my point of view, Loop 1 has been improved with no electricity, and it is only a matter of time before the word spreads that a tent-only loop with lakefront campsites is available. RVs are prohibited in Loop 1, which is actually a loop within a loop. It is set on a peninsula jutting into Lake Thurmond. Pines, oaks, hickories, and sweetgum trees shade the campsites here; dogwoods and cedars compose the understory. Higher on the hill, the inner loop has sites 1 through 24, which afford a commanding view of the lake below. The lower loop, with sites 24 through 50, offers lakefront camping, where you can pull your boat up or swim at the campsite. The red-clay camping pads are a little on the small side, and vegetation between sites is limited. But privacy isn’t much of an issue here, as you are unlikely to have a neighbor, and if you do there is a site far enough away for you to obtain the privacy you want. Depending on where you are, you can either face out to the main lake or into coves on either side of the peninsula. Two bathhouses, a bit antiquated, serve the loop.

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"It was a gorgeous spring afternoon when I arrived at Baker Creek State Park. The yellow sun was glinting through the spring-green trees. Lake Strom Thurmond was rippling as I rolled through the hills of the well-manicured park. Birds were singing the praises of rebirth. I found the camping area and turned into camping Loop 1. The hillside and lakefront camps were inviting—yet there wasn’t a soul in them! I couldn’t understand why and sought out the park manager, who explained that the electricity had been taken out of the loop; therefore, the electric loop, Loop 2, got most of the business. From my point of view, Loop 1 has been improved with no electricity, and it is only a matter of time before the word spreads that a tent-only loop with lakefront campsites is available. RVs are prohibited in Loop 1, which is actually a loop within a loop. It is set on a peninsula jutting into Lake Thurmond. Pines, oaks, hickories, and sweetgum trees shade the campsites here; dogwoods and cedars compose the understory. Higher on the hill, the inner loop has sites 1 through 24, which afford a commanding view of the lake below. The lower loop, with sites 24 through 50, offers lakefront camping, where you can pull your boat up or swim at the campsite. The red-clay camping pads are a little on the small side, and vegetation between sites is limited. But privacy isn’t much of an issue here, as you are unlikely to have a neighbor, and if you do there is a site far enough away for you to obtain the privacy you want. Depending on where you are, you can either face out to the main lake or into coves on either side of the peninsula. Two bathhouses, a bit antiquated, serve the loop."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: McCormick
Campsites: 50 tent-only sites, 50 others
Season: Loop 1, March 1 - November 30; Loop 2, year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: South Carolina State Parks - South Carolina State Parks
Driving Directions: Directions to Baker Creek State Park Campground

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