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Walhalla in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Oconee State Park

 
 
Oconee State Park Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, November 28, 2008
1. Oconee State Park Marker
Inscription.
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
Oconee State Park Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, November 28, 2008
2. Oconee State Park Marker
CCC heritage.
 
Erected by South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 34° 51.917′ N, 83° 6.302′ W. Marker is in Walhalla, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker is on State Park Road. Click for map. Marker is located near the south end of the parking lot next to the park shop and meeting room. Marker is at or near this postal address: 624 State Park Road, Walhalla SC 29691, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cherokee Boundary (1777) (within shouting distance of this marker); Civilian Conservation Corps Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Civilian Conservation Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); The Oconee Waterwheel (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oconee Station / Oconee County (approx. 2.4 miles away); Oconee Town (approx. 2.8 miles away); Tamassee Town (approx. 3.4 miles away); Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel (approx. 3.9 miles away); Stumphouse Tunnel (approx. 3.9 miles away); Issaqueena Falls (approx. 4.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Walhalla.
 
Also see . . .
Oconee State Park Shop and Meeting Room Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, November 28, 2008
3. Oconee State Park Shop and Meeting Room
The statue in center is a memorial to the CCC workers who built the Oconee State Park, along with many other parks and buildings in South Carolina.

1. Oconee State Park. Oconee State Park offers the joys of a mountain retreat without the work. (Submitted on December 9, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Oconee State Park. 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. (Submitted on January 25, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Oconee State Park. Oconee State Park is a nature lover's dream location. (Submitted on December 9, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Statue Honoring CCC Workers to be Unveiled, Dedicated at Oconee State Park in Mountain Rest, SC. The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, in conjunction with the National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni, will hold an unveiling and dedication ceremony for a six-foot bronze statue of a CCC worker at 1:30pm on Sept. 16, [2001] at Oconee State Park in Mountain Rest, SC. (Submitted on December 9, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. National register of Historic Places:
Oconee State Park Lake Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, November 28, 2008
4. Oconee State Park Lake

Oconee State Park Historic District ** (added 2004 - District - #04000618) •
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering •
Architectural Style: Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements, Other •
Area of Significance: Conservation, Entertainment/Recreation, Landscape Architecture, Architecture •
Period of Significance: 1925-1949 •
Owner: State •
Historic Function: Landscape, Recreation And Culture •
Historic Sub-function: Conservation Area, Outdoor Recreation, Park •
Current Function: Landscape, Recreation And Culture •
Current Sub-function: Conservation Area, Outdoor Recreation, Park •
    — Submitted January 13, 2011.

 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesNatural FeaturesNatural ResourcesWaterways & Vessels
 
Oconee State Park Lake from the Boat House Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, November 28, 2008
5. Oconee State Park Lake from the Boat House
Oconee State Park Boathouse Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, November 28, 2008
6. Oconee State Park Boathouse
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 771 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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