I can’t believe I only have three pictures of this park. Well, it is, what it is. The temperature was a bit on the high side, near 100, so I didn’t venture far out, but I was in the area and I did want to see the Guillebeau House, which is located in the park. I didn’t know it’s now being used as a cabin.
The park is quite impressive with tons of things to do from swimming, fishing, golf, hiking, boating (there are canoe and kayak rentals available), tennis, archery, skeet shooting and more. They even rent fishing gear.
Hickory Knob is the only state park resort park in the South Carolina. Sitting on Lake Strom Thurmond, it covers over a thousand acres. Add the 70,000+ acre lake and you’ve got a lot of room to play. Being a resort, the park offers amenities other parks don’t offer like a motel (lodge) and restaurant. The restaurant serves buffet style and can seat up to a hundred-and-fifty people.
As said, it was hot the day I went. Despite the heat, I took a slow stroll around, making my way from the parking spot by the tennis courts to the Guillebeau house, passing the golf course with its views of bits of Lake Thurmond. The cabin was built around the 1760’s by French Huguenot settler Andre Guillebeau.
There were seven French Huguenot colonies in SC. I never knew this until I scouted out the area on the map. That’s what I like about traveling, you’re always learning something new. The Huguenots fled Europe for the same reason the Pilgrims did, for religious freedom. They were granted land near here by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Reverend Jean Louis Gibert really wanted to go to Ohio, to grow grapes, but they ended up here. His attempt to grow grapes along the Savannah River didn’t pan out.
Back to the cabin, it was moved here around 1983 and now one can rent it. I have to say that I was a tad disappointed because it looks just like a regular cabin and not a two hundred and fifty year plus home.
Some of the activities are for cabin and lodge guests only such as the swimming pool. Check the website for more information. The hike and bike trails are open to all. They add up to about twelve miles of trails. The three are: Beaver Run (2.5 miles) and Turkey Ridge (1.7 miles) Trails and Lakeview Loop (7.2). Or you can walk around along the roads, which I did. Do not jog when it’s hot. I watched a red-faced man puff by me when I was driving and I sincerely hope he didn’t keel over.
Note: In order to fish one needs a valid South Carolina fishing license. The Tackle Loaner Program, sponsored by the SC Department of Natural Resources (give them a hurrah), make rods and reels available at the park office.
How to Get There:
From US378, head north on Huguenot Parkway/Rd7. Then it’s left on Resort Drive.
What’s Close By:
Baker Creek State Park
Leroy’s Ferry Recreation Area