Oconee State Park

Walhalla, South Carolina

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A day's worth of excellent mountain hiking opportunities in a very popular state park. Oconee offers brilliant fall colors, spectacular views from Tamassee Knob the remains of a historic waterwheel, pretty mountain lakes, wildlife, wildflowers, and appealing terrain. Oconee State Park was created in the 1930s, and its rustic facilities bear the stamp of the efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The park offers four major trails, each with its own special attractions. The Oconee and Old Waterwheel trails are entirely within the park’s boundaries, and are treated as one long trail. The Tamassee Knob and Hidden Falls trails are spurs of the Foothills Trail, each leading to its own namesake natural feature. At 1,165 acres, Oconee State Park encloses two mountain lakes. Although the landscape is not conspicuously mountainous, the lovely rolling terrain makes for surprisingly challenging hiking. The park is open from November to March, 7 A.M. to 7 P.M., and from April to October, 7 A.M. to 9 P.M.

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"A day's worth of excellent mountain hiking opportunities in a very popular state park. Oconee offers brilliant fall colors, spectacular views from Tamassee Knob the remains of a historic waterwheel, pretty mountain lakes, wildlife, wildflowers, and appealing terrain. Oconee State Park was created in the 1930s, and its rustic facilities bear the stamp of the efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The park offers four major trails, each with its own special attractions.

The Oconee and Old Waterwheel trails are entirely within the park’s boundaries, and are treated as one long trail. The Tamassee Knob and Hidden Falls trails are spurs of the Foothills Trail, each leading to its own namesake natural feature. At 1,165 acres, Oconee State Park encloses two mountain lakes. Although the landscape is not conspicuously mountainous, the lovely rolling terrain makes for surprisingly challenging hiking. The park is open from November to March, 7 A.M. to 7 P.M., and from April to October, 7 A.M. to 9 P.M."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Walhalla
Distance: 4.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year-round.
Local Contacts: Oconee State Park, 624 State Park Road, Mountain Rest, SC 29664l (864) 638-5353.
Local Maps: Oconee State Park brochure; Tamassee and Walhalla USGS quads.
Driving Directions: Directions to Oconee State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

4/16/2007
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Trail was clearly marked and not very difficult to hike. The falls were a little bit of a let down but all in all not a bad couple hour round-trip hike.



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