Why is Oconee Station Historic?
Oconee Station was established in 1792 by the South Carolina State Militia to protect the state’s western border from hostel Native Americans. The site was garrisoned by 20 -30 troops from 1792 -1799. The site also served as an Indian trading post from 1795 -1809. Two structures survive from the frontier time period, a stone building that served as part of the fort and a brick house that served as the home for the merchant who operated the Indian trading post.
When are the buildings open at Oconee Station?
They are open from 9 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and by appointment.
Is Oconee Station open year round?
Yes, however the park is closed on weekdays during the coldest months of the year.
Is the historic site handicap accessible?
Not at this time. The top of a steep hill was chosen for the site for military reasons. This makes accessing the site difficult for disabled visitors.
When are the wildflowers in bloom?
The flower season begins in late February and last until May.
Is fishing allowed in the pond?
Yes, the pond is stocked with blue gill and largemouth bass.
How difficult is the trail at Oconee Station?
The trail to Station Cove Falls is an easy mile and a half. It takes about an hour and a half to walk to the falls and return to the main parking area.
What are your metal detection guidelines for State Parks and State Park properties?
Click here for a printable version of our guidelines concerning metal detector use on state parks and state park properties.
Where is the closest place to eat?
Walhalla and West Union are located ten miles to the southwest of the park on Highway 11. There are several restraints located there.
Where is the closest lodging?
There are three state parks located within a half hour’s drive along Highway 11 all of which have camping and rental cabins. The closest hotels are located in the town of Seneca, SC.
Where can a guest locate the trash cans at Oconee Station?
Oconee Station State Historic Site is a trash free property. There are no trash cans. Everyone is asked to remove their own trash.
Where is the park’s Ultimate Outsider stamp located?
Our Ultimate Outsider stamp is located on the porch of the park office.
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