Oconee State Park

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Oconee State Park
4.5
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Julie L
Tallahassee, FL98 contributions
May 2020
We tent camped at the park with two young dogs. The park is dog friendly and nearly all of the other campers also had at least one dog. There is a lake (swimming & boat rentals were closed while we were there), plenty of hiking, and a miniature golf course. We did not use the golf course, but saw plenty of others using it. Because of Covid-19 concerns, the office was closed, so we did not talk with any of the staff. We proceeded to our campsite and had no problems the length of our stay. We foraged wood for our campfire from the wooded area at our campsite, and also bought a bundle at the Ingles market about 20 minutes away, when we went to shop for our food for the weekend. The campsites have water & electric (unless you use the hike in sites) and also have a fire ring with grill grate, and a picnic table. Each site size is a bit different so make sure the site will be big enough for your chosen sleeping vessel. The ranger/park host kept the bathrooms very clean. The showering area even had a bit of added privacy for changing (compared to some parks we have camped at). Hot water was available from the sink and the shower.

There is a nearby trailhead that splits into several different hiking trails with varying lengths and difficulty levels. We hiked the Hidden Falls trail with 3 teens & two pups. The trail had a few difficult places along the way, but also several fallen trees to sit and rest if you need it. I would recommend that you bring water, especially for children and/or dogs, and wear good shoes. There is a creek that runs along much of the hike, but it is not always easily accessible. It is about 5 miles round trip.

Just a few miles from the park is another park & waterfall; the Stumphouse Tunnel & Issaquenna Falls. Both are worth checking out ($5 park entry fee). There is not really any hiking to see either of these, a short, steep hill to the tunnel. The waterfall is mostly accessible by a wooden walkway. There are also mountain bike trails at this park.
Written May 18, 2020
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Itinerant_Foodies
Greensboro, NC587 contributions
Oct 2020
This review starts with the staff. We called just after closing hours on a Friday hoping to get a last minute campsite on the next Monday. A person called on Sunday telling us that we had the last site if we wanted it. We really appreciated a call on a Sunday that allowed us to finalize our plans.

The park itself surrounds a beautiful lake and provides trails throughout the park that are quite extensive. The campsites are quite nice with good separation between more sites and their neighbors and provide water and electricity. Lots of trees through the campground make for a very scenic camping experience.

There are lots of activities for all ages including a small pee wee golf area and playground.

We were not impressed with the hiking maps posted in the park. They seem to need to be bigger and possess more detail. We ended up hiking on a trail that didn't match the map at all and still don't know how we did it wrong. There were also areas of the trail that felt like they ended and we weren't the only ones wondering which way to go after such a point.
Written November 1, 2020
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Jodi T
Charleston, SC471 contributions
Jan 2021 • Friends
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We did not prepare properly for how cold it gets up here in the winter. We stayed at tent site 1. Don’t recommend for a tent because it is on a slant. Tent sites 11-15 were really cool to explore because they are kind of far back but you will have to walk a good bit from car. So don’t carry a lot of stuff. Great fishing pond at camp site 15.
From camp site 1 bathrooms and car were very close and we knew we would be arriving after dark so that’s why we chose that one. There were 4 of us ladies ranging from age 18-27.

Things we noticed about the camp grounds but didn’t full get to take advantage of because of it being too cold and we hiked other places. There are 5 trails at this camp ground. Beautiful lake with a lot of family fun activities. They even have putput.

We definitely want to come back in the summer time.
Written January 25, 2021
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laurel w
Middleburg, FL114 contributions
May 2020 • Family
This campground has some great pull through spots, electric, and water at sites. No sewer that we saw but there is a dump station at front. We had spot 35 by the water in the back which was just beautiful, but there are spots right on the water that were already booked when we reserved. Our spot was fine for what we did, tent camping. The bathrooms are super clean for a campground. Nice hot water in the showers. Trash is picked up at each site in the morning and around 3pm daily, but there is no dumpster for the public to access. The main lake has a very clean bathroom too with showers and changing rooms. Plenty of picnic tables, greens to lay on and overlook the lake. Although there were gnats that drove us nuts while we ate. The park ranger isn't letting people swim very far out right now. But I think technically the lake isn't open till memorial day? Bring a ball to throw around or a frisbee. There is also a putt putt course and baseball diamond when you drive in.

This park is close to many waterfalls and trails we did: hidden falls (in park), yellow branch, king creek, spoonauger, station cove, issaqueena, upper whitewaterfalls. Don't forget the cool stumphouse tunnel too!
Written May 17, 2020
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Bronco1966
129 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
The park was far from everything, so buy what you need before you get there. The campsites were gravel. Some were near the lake. The bath house had some updates. The cabins were very secluded and were not near the camp sites. I had no cell phone service, so make sure to bring a book.
Written August 15, 2020
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travelwriter52
Clinton, SC3,221 contributions
May 2020
I didn't get to see the whole park. I stayed in a cabin for a couple of days. I did hike to see the water wheel. The cabins were rustic as described. The furniture was old enough that you sank when you sat in them. The doors didn't close well inside and the steps were uneven. Despite all that, there was a charm to these old CCC built cabins. There was a view of the lake but because of trees, the view was minimal.
Written May 19, 2020
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jmpncsu
Raleigh, NC4,371 contributions
May 2020
We camped four nights over Memorial Day weekend with our dog at Oconee State Park while chasing waterfalls in the area. The park is nestled within Sumter National Forest, so lots to do in the immediate area. We stayed at Rustic Tent Site 5, which was very nice. It's about a 500-foot walk from parking to the site and allowed us to get away from the crowds. A nearby bathhouse had nice warm water showers and staff cleaned the bathrooms regularly. There are several trails in the park, including access to the Foothills Trail and Palmetto Trail. Hidden Falls is in the national forest but the easiest access is from the park, about 2.5 miles from the Foothills Trailhead. Overall, a great stay and we would definitely camp here again.
Written June 8, 2020
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Jburrell1980
Pacolet Mills, SC49 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
Besides being my wife's birthday weekend, me and the entire family and our friends decided to head out camping for the weekend. Our friends strongly recommended Oconee State Park for our getaway. ( they had stayed there before) Anyways , we got there Thursday afternoon and set up. We then set out to check out the recreation cabin....it was locked up and closed, then we went to check out the huge barn..... closed, lastly, we decided to go to the office/ little store about 5:15....wouldn't you know it? Closed too. I guess if there is staff needed to run things or campsite hosts, nothing stays open any more on the campgrounds. Table rock last year was the same way! If you just want to sit around or walk a trail which doesn't involve anyone's assistance you're good to go. If you want to see some of the attractions that made the place you're just out of luck I guess till they get staffed back up.
Written March 27, 2022
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Patrick H
Columbia, SC15 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We stayed in cabin 14. It was clean with a nice view of the water. A plus was they allow dogs , so we were able to bring dog with us. Great trails. We were able to get in most of them before the rain came. There is no TV, and internet is poor, but we went there to disconnect.

I did lock us out of our cabin on our second night. I walked to the office to try and call an emergency number. All emergency numbers were disconnected. I got lucky and a nice ranger was driving by. She let me in. Don’t lock yourself out of the cabin, you may not be lucky enough to run into a nice ranger.

Written May 4, 2021
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Randy hikes in nature
Tampa, FL2 contributions
Dec 2020
Stayed Monday through Friday at campsite 109. Clean restrooms, prompt trash pickup twice daily, friendly staff and great giftshop. NO internet, no phone service (T Mobile). Met a man who had Verizon and service. Strangely, on the trail to Hidden Creek waterfall and at the waterfall had service.

Foothills Trail links here, and travels 77 miles to Table Rock State Park. Many other trails here, and close to numerous waterfalls. The place is paradise!
Written December 14, 2020
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