Oconee State Park, Mountain Rest

Oconee State Park is a state park located in the Blue Ridge Mountain region of South Carolina. This 1165-acre (472 ha) park has several recreational opportunities to choose from. They include cabins, camping, fishing and boating in the two small lakes located on the park grounds, hiking on eight nature/hiking trails, and several picnic and meeting facilities.The southern end of the Foothills Trail and the western end of the Oconee Passage of the Palmetto Trail are in Oconee State Park.HistoryOconee State Park was created by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. This park was created during the Great Depression when Franklin D. Roosevelt put men to work in civilian works projects. Some of the park buildings existing today were made by the CCC.Fifteen cabins, the superintendent's residence and garage, several shelters, the swimming lake and bath house and several other structures were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
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  • We went for a short time to this park because we were close to the area. Beautiful park. Rangers offered really good directions. They were willing to help.  more »
  • My wife and I stay at a lot of state parks when we travel and particularly enjoy staying in cabins. We just stayed at Oconee for two nights and found it to be one of our favorites. This is a well run ...  more »
  • This is one of my favorite State Parks to camp in. I usually try to get site #17 since is is a little more private and right on the lake. The park has some great trails that are not too strenuous, a g...  more »
  • Super clean, beautiful park. It's so peaceful, you feel like you're the only person/people there. No heavy traffic, no huge playgrounds full of screaming kids, no packed beaches. Just serenity. They have boat rentals, although i am unsure of the prices. Fishing is hit or miss, but if you find a honey hole, you can rock some good sized fish! They stock here and the stocking schedule can be found on the DNR website. The parking fee is $2 per car and a year pass can be bought.
  • We went up there for the Trick or treating event and it was amazing. Even though it was pouring down rain, the campground was full and all sites were decorated extremely well and passing out candy! Can't wait to do it again next year!
  • Beautiful park stayed in the barracks with my family and sisters family very nice facility WiFi and satellite in the cabin beds are bunk beds but very comfortable mattresses on beds. Definitely exceeded my expectations of what I was expecting to have.
  • Although the swimming area and boating were closed for the season, my three year old son and I had a great time. The park appears to been updated since the last time I visited when I was a kid, and seems to be under construction now as well. Either way it was a great time with my son, and awesome reliving childhood memories.
  • A nice place to camp. Lots of trees for shade and the ducks are great entertainment when they come to your campsite. This campground has seen a lot of hard use and is starting to show its age. The bathrooms are well kept but need ventilation to keep the odor down. The hiking trails are awesome and birdwatchers will enjoy the various species available for viewing. The area is quiet since there are not any tourist attractions nearby. However, the Dollar General Store just a few miles down the road is convenient. Be advised that there are as many campsites crammed in as possible and privacy is limited. Trees will make backing in some campsites a challenge. There is a ball field and a mini golf course to keep you busy.

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