Oconee State Park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s during the Great Depression and continues to serve as a destination itself and as a gateway to the nearby Chattooga and Chauga rivers and to the blue Ridge and Smoky mountains. The park borders Sumter National Forest and is a haven for wildlife and a mix of mountain and foothill plant life. within its 1,165 acres are cabins, campsites, fishing and boating in two small lakes, and hiking and boating in two small lakes, and hiking on several trails that can present the upcountry feeling without the rigors of mountain hiking. Oconee State Park also is the trail head for the 85-mile Foothills Trail along the Blue Ridge to Jones Gap State Park for those seeking the wilderness hiking experience.
South Carolina State Park Service Mission
To encourage people to discover South Carolina's state parks by protecting resource-based recreational and educational opportunities that emphasize the conservation, protection and interpretation of the state's natural and cultural resources.
Oconee State Park Mission
Oconee State Park's mission is to provide a safe, nature-based experience by maintaining and promoting a true family atmosphere involving recreation and leisure, resource-based programs and the legacy of our CCC heritage.