Oconee State Park

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Oconee State Park offers the joys of a mountain retreat without the work. The historic park rests deep in the Blue Ridge foothills, with several picturesque but non-demanding hiking trails and well-kept cabins and campgrounds that have welcomed families for annual trips since the days the park was first built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.

The park’s fishing lakes offer bass and bream and the woods are full of wildlife, fur and feather alike. Oconee State Park also serves as the southern trailhead for the Foothills Trail, an 80-mile wilderness hike on the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment on up to Table Rock.

Adjacent to Sumter National Forest, the park also serves as a jumping off point to the nearby Chattooga and Chauga rivers, hotspots for whitewater rafting and trout fishing.

Attractions:19 Cabins, 155 Camping Sites, 2 Meeting Rooms, 1 Recreation Building, 2 Picnic Shelters Buildings

Historical Notes:

Oconee State Park is significant for its association with the Great Depression era efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to protect South Carolina’s natural areas through conservation and recreational development while providing job opportunities for unemployed American men. In addition, the park embodies the rustic architecture and landscape aesthetic, inspired by the National Park Service and United States Forest Service, and implemented by the CCC in the construction of state and national recreational parks during the Great Depression.

The Oconee State Park Historic District contains 63 contributing resources and 60 non-contributing altered, deteriorated, or modern resources. Most of the contributing resources are arranged around a man-made swimming lake and include vacation cabins, a bathhouse, a central administrative building, two residences and two picnic shelters. The park is a forest dominated by hardwoods and pine. The topography is characterized by two man-made lakes and a number of small creeks and springs. The existing layout of the park remains faithful to the original design laid out by the CCC between 1936 and 1942. Although alterations have been made to the park since the end of the period of CCC involvement, most of the buildings and other park features remain intact today, in form, location, and function.

Listed in the National Register June 16, 2004.

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