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Oconee State Park, Mountain Rest

#21 of 45 in Nature in South Carolina
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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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  • The campground offers nice size campsites. I really liked that most sites had plenty of shade. The check in procedure at the well stocked camp store was easy as I had a reservation. The bathhouse was ...  more »
  • Camping and cabins available. Some tent spots without electric. Sites with hookup $22/night. Camp store with wifi & variety of supplies. No live bait, however. They don't allow you to fish with corn o...  more »
  • We camped here for 5 days. This place is great. A lake to fish in and one to swim in. You can rent canoes and small tow boats. There are plenty of hiking trail in the park so you never have to leave. ...  more »
  • 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.
  • I can't express how great this place is. Staff was great and so was the experience. If your looking for a place to stay with a large group of people this is the place. The history of the place is just another attraction. I will be back!
  • I really liked this park. Its got a lot of activities from fishing , canoeing to ping pong tables and a mini golf course. There's something to do for everybody. Forget staring at cell phone because we had no service with 2 different carriers . So put em away and explore the park. We rode bikes all over park. The camping spots are tight for campers so beware if you are bringing in a large one. The lakes are beautiful ! Bathhouses were updated recently or just well taken care of . First park with no dumpsters I've been to, just place at edge of campsite and staff drive by and pick up. Ill go back eventually
  • My boyfriend and I stayed four nights and five days and we loved it! There are So many beautiful hiking trails. The park staff was very friendly. The park and park bathrooms are immaculate! We will definitely be going back.
  • My girlfriend and I stayed for 4 days and had so much fun. The hiking trails were easy to hike w few obstructions on the path. The staff was extremely nice and even brought us firewood after office hours. Our campsite had baby ducks that camp by everyday. No ticks, few mosquitos. If you're up for an adventure go white water rafting with the brochure in the office the company is N.O.C. So much fun!