Hickory Knob State Resort Park
Geographic Location: west of
Length: 2.2 miles ONE WAY
Difficulty: 3/10 (Easy/Moderate)
Last Hiked: February 2013
Overview: An out-and-back featuring the historic Guillebeau House.
Park Information: http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/hickoryknob/introduction.aspx
Google Map: http://www.mappedometer.com/?maproute=154039
Directions to the trailhead: From McCormick, drive west on US 378 5.8 miles to CR 7 and turn right on CR 7. Take CR 7 1.6 miles to the signed state park entrance on the left. Turn left to enter the park, then drive 3.8 miles to the park lodge. Park in the parking lot beside the lodge. The trail starts across the road from the parking lot.
The hike: For my general comments on
, see the Turkey Ridge Loop blog entry. The Beaver Run Trail may be my least favorite trail at Hickory Knob State Resort Park because 1) it stays close to the developed park area for its entire length and 2) it does not form a loop. In spite of these shortcomings, this trail still offers a pleasant hike through the woods and decent views of Hickory Knob State Park . I came here on a chilly early February morning and did not pass another person along the entire trail. Strom Thurmond Lake
Before beginning, I need to make a quick note about the length of this trail. The park lists the length at 2.5 miles. However, my measurements indicate that this trail is only 2.2 miles, so I have listed it that way here. I completed this hike as an out-and-back in just over 2 hours.
|Trailhead-Beaver Run Trail|
The trail passes a residence uphill and to the right. A trio of fenced-in dogs noisily greeted me as I walked along the trail downhill from their home. At 0.4 miles, the trail curves left and traces three sides of the historic Guillebeau House. The Guillebeau House is a log cabin built in 1770 as part of a Huguenot settlement a few miles north of here. The cabin was moved to this site in 1983, and you can only see it by hiking this trail or by driving a gravel road that departs the main park road near the boat ramp.
Past the cabin, the trail descends gradually on broad switchbacks to approach lake level. One of the best views of the lake can be had through some young pine trees at the bottom of these switchbacks. Now heading due north, you soon come to the 1 mile marker.
|Partial view of Strom Thurmond Reservoir|
|Storm damaged area|
|Trail follows dike|