Oconee Station State Historic Site encompasses 210 acres of land and is located near the town of Walhalla, which is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Oconee County, South Carolina. There are several routes that you can take to arrive at the main entrance to the park which is about two miles off the SC 11 which in turn can be found in the furthest western corner of the state.
The Oconee Station was established in 1792 as a blockhouse or a small military fortification in the South Carolina Frontier. Troops were removed from the blockhouse in 1799 and the station was transformed into a trading post. Today, the Oconee Station is a state historic site that also offers plenty of recreational activities to its visitors.
Besides the parks historical significance, you will also find lots of natural resources including waterfalls like the Station Cove Falls and a view of the Don's Falls and the Connector Falls. You will also find rich flora and fauna within the park including wildflowers like Trillium, Hypattica, May Apples, Wild Geraniums, Toad Shade Trillium, and Dwarf Iris.
There are several other activities that you can enjoy while at the park including fishing, biking, interpretive programs, and hiking. You can also enjoy your time in the park with your dog so don’t hesitate to bring your pooch along for the fun and recreational activities. That said, you must adhere to state park rules that are meant to make your park visit a pleasant experience for you and for other visitors as well.
Some of the rules that you should be aware of include the following. You must keep your dog on a leash no longer than six feet long or keep your dog in a secure enclosure. You must avoid going into park buildings with your dog and specifically prevent your dog from causing any kind of disturbance to wildlife within the park. You are generally allowed to venture into most outdoor areas of the park.