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Built in the early 30’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Oconee State Park is 1,165 acres filled with things to do.
From Walhalla, take Hwy 28 north until Hwy 107 forks to the right. Follow 107 another 2 miles to the park entrance. Set in the rolling mountains, the park has 2 clear water lakes (20 acres, 12 acres) for boating, swimming and fishing (even trout!). John boats, canoes and pedal boats are available for rent. Private boats are not allowed on the lakes.
For overnighters, there are 19 cabins around the larger lake and deep in the woods. Additionally, campers will find 140 RV/camper sites along with 15 tent sites. Camping is situated near the smaller lake. There is even a barracks building for housing large groups and an event center capable of hosting 500 people.
Up from the bath house at the swimming area on the larger lake, the kids will find a nice play ground complete with a miniature golf course.
And don’t forget the hiking opportunities. The 77 mile long Foothills Trail has its southern trail head in the park. Including the portion of the Foothills Trail that is within the park, there are 6 hiking trails totaling 10 miles:
- Oconee Trail, 1.6 miles
- Old Waterwheel Trail, 1.6 miles
- Lake Trail, 1 mile loop
- Hidden Falls Trail, 2.1 miles
- Tamassee Knob Trail, 2.2 miles
- Foothills Access Trail, 1.2 miles.
While there is plenty to do within the park, it is in the middle of much more from Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel to the Walhalla Fish Hatchery to the Chattooga River to any number of trails and waterfall hikes.