Boaters and other outdoors enthusiasts cant go wrong at Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area. Occupying a peninsula on 70,000-acre Strom Thurmond Lake in the heart of South Carolinas western piedmont, the park displays the peaceful beauty of the Savannah River valley. All but two of the parks spacious campsites are directly on the lake and Hamilton Branchs shoreline makes it an ideal fishing spot. Ramps, picnicking and biking and hiking trails also are popular. The parks rolling, wooded terrain supports a large variety of wildlife, including fox squirrels and deer. Hamilton Branch is also known for its wide variety of trees, including pines, dogwoods with their white blooms in early spring, oaks, hickory and sweetgum.