McCormick, SC is for people who love the outdoors, history, golf, and a slower way of life. Known as a “Sportsman’s Paradise” for its proximity to Sumter National Forest, state parks, Lake Thurmond and The Little River Blueway, you’ll find plenty of paddling routes, hiking and biking trails, campsites, and more. There is another side to McCormick, one made up by the arts and community.
The MACK (arts council) and Gallery Shop are housed in the former Keturah Hotel in downtown McCormick. The hotel was built in 1910 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. As a historic and cultural site, The MACK is the primary location for visitors in the Town of McCormick and second in the County, following the state parks. The MACK Artisans Guild creates and sells a wide variety of beautiful, handmade and original items – wood carvings, pottery, jewelry, children’s clothes, handcrafted baskets, pastels, watercolor and oil paintings. It is open from 10am – 4pm Monday – Saturday and is located at 115 South Main St..
To appreciate the natural beauty of the area, consider a stay at Hickory Knob State Resort Park, a South Carolina State Park, with 76 comfortable and modern lodge rooms with amenities including swimming, golf, tennis and basketball, and a full service dining room (see below). Cabins are also offered. Either way, a stay at the Resort means you’ll have a prime fishing spot on the shores of Lake Thurmond! Hickory Knob sits on a bluff above the Savannah River, South Carolina’s “Freshwater Coast”, and is inside the Little River Blueway Outdoor Adventure area. If you’re a golfer, Hickory Knob Golf Course offers an 18-hole picturesque championship course along Lake Thurmond, great for all levels. Golfers will find a clubhouse with snack bar and lounge, pro shop, practice green and driving range.
Visit the Heritage Gold Mine for a look at a mine that was developed in the 1850’s to exploit the second richest gold vein in South Carolina at the time. Listed on the National Historic Register. Guided and self guided tours are available. Pan for gold and keep what you find! Open 9 AM – 4PM, May through October, on the first and third Saturday and Sunday, and for special town events (such as Bells and Whistles). Group visits can be scheduled by appointment. See website for more info: http://www.heritagegoldmine.com/
Lunch: The McCray House Gift Shop and Tea Room is housed in a cozy white home on Highway 378 West in McCormick. Available gifts include Vera Bradley items, jewelry, gourmet teas, cookbooks, candles, lotions, original artwork and much more. Lunch menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, Quiche of the Day and delicious desserts.
Dinner: The Hickory Knob Restaurant
This full-service restaurant is located at the southern end of the Lodge building in Hickory Knob State Resort Park. Featuring buffet-style as well as menu orders three times a day, seven days a week.