Walhalla in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Oconee State Park
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
Erected by South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • Natural Features • Natural Resources • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) series list.
Location. 34° 51.917′ N, 83° 6.302′ W. Marker is in Walhalla, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker is on State Park Road. Marker is located near the south end of the parking lot next to the park shop and meeting room. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 624 State Park Road, Walhalla SC 29691, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); A Building with a Past (within shouting distance of this marker); The Civilian Conservation Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Building a Tradition The Oconee Waterwheel (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mountain Rest School / Hillbilly Day (approx. 2.3 miles away); Oconee Station / Oconee County (approx. 2.4 miles away); Oconee Town (approx. 2.8 miles away); Chauga Town (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walhalla.
Also see . . .
1. 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.)
2. 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, (Submitted on December 9, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. National register of Historic Places:
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.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,131 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 9, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 6. submitted on December 11, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.