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Oconee State Park offers the joys of a mountain retreat without the work. The historic park rests deep in the Blue Ridge foothills, with several picturesque but non-demanding hiking trails and well-kept cabins and campgrounds that have welcomed families for annual trips since the days the park was first built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. The parks fishing lakes offer bass and bream and the woods are full of wildlife, fur and feather alike. Oconee State Park also serves as the southern trailhead for the Foothills Trail, an 80-mile wilderness hike on the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment on up to Table Rock. Adjacent to Sumter National Forest, the park also serves as a jumping off point to the nearby Chattooga and Chauga rivers, hotspots for whitewater rafting and trout fishing. For those wanting to take it easy, Oconee State Park is an ideal destination. After all, its mailing address is the town of Mountain Rest.

have done it end past 2 years. Going again in April

Beautiful waterfall! Fun trail to run.

Really enjoyed the trail. Couple of really narrow spots made it a little more challenging with our dogs. Only downside was people walking with their dogs without a leash or collar at times and would run up on our dogs which made our dogs a little nervous.

hiking
20 days ago

very crowded,NARROW trails no passing room,trees down across trail needs maintenance. the destination was nice but the jouney was bad.

hiking
29 days ago

I parked at the cherry hill parking site and this trail starts down and across the road. I had trouble finding it at first. Once on the trail there were many fallen trees. I had my dog with and we had to stop about 2 miles in. We could have kept going but after hiking 3 miles on a previous trail and it being in the afternoon we turned back. There are also a few spots that are quite narrow and would be hard to navigate with small children or a rambunctious dog. I'm hoping they clear up the trees and I can go back in late spring/early summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Fairly used trail. I went during the week and saw more people than expected. The falls are really nice and provide a nice area to hang out and get away from the summer heat.

The waterfall is fantastic and a fairly easy hike. Not much parking if more than 3-4 vehicles.

we took this spur trail off the Foothills trail. Pretty Falls, not difficult to get to at all. Just remember when you're going down hill to see the falls, you will be walking back up those hills.
on your way to the falls, listen off to your right. Quick little side trip to see another much smaller falls. when there today the water comes down the small rock cascade and then goes underground I believe. Pretty cool to see.

A nice, enjoyable hike. We parked one vehicle at Oconee State park and then drove other vehicle to pull off at Jumping Branch Trailhead. Got on the trail at Jumping Branch and traveled to Oconee. Distance is 4.6 miles.
If you have the time, take the side trail to Hidden Falls. It's worth the extra couple miles there and back.
Once finished Hidden Falls and heading back to Oconee State Park you will hear some rushing water off to your left. There is a smaller cascade just a very short distance off the trail. Super easy to walk to and it's a pretty cool little cascade where the water comes down a small rock face and then goes underground. It really is pretty cool.
All total from Jumping Branch with side trail to Hidden falls and to Oconee State park was around 6.6miles.

Great hike and really well marked/groomed. It's not an easy hike, but I wouldn't call it moderate either. It has a few steeper sections, but nothing that is overly challenging. The hike to the falls is approximately 35 mins or so. We did this hike on Thanksgiving Day morning and were pleasantly surprised to see the amount of activity on the trails that morning.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed this trail. Not marked at all. Must use this app to find it. Can easily take a wrong trail at one of the stream crossing. If you stay on the app you will have no problem. Very remote and private. We were the only ones their. The water fall is beautiful. Does require climbing up rocks to get to the falls. Would recommend boots as you do cross several streams. But worth the hike. It’s about an hour each way.

Easy to moderate hike depending on the level of experience. We spent about an hour and a half getting out to the falls, as we moved quickly because we were running short on daylight. The falls are very photogenic, and the trail was well maintained.

Easy to hike. Waterfall at the end is really pretty! We went in the winter and there were a lot of icecicles which made it even prettier. Heads up to hikers bringing their pets there's apparently someone who lives near by that lets their dog roam free and he's taken up shop at the trail head and tags along with hikers. Seems friendly enough but if your dog isn't always dog friendly like ours it could ruin the hike for you.

Great hike! Beautiful falls!

A moderate hike on Christmas day. 4 miles in 3 hours at a leisurely pace and lunch at the waterfall. The trail is well maintained and clearly marked. There are small streams to cross by leap, rock, log or bridge which break up the long walk. Diverse views and an amazing waterfall make it a favorite.

Christmas day hike 2017. Cloudy cool 42°. Nice easy hike.

Hiked a few days ago in the snow. Nice easy hike.

In late fall, this hike wasn't that visually stunning, but the waterfall makes up for it. So many ledges and drops! It's beautiful and you could take a million pictures from every angle if you are so inclined. I'd call the hike easy, heading to moderate, depending on how quickly you take it.

Awesome waterfall. Good distance hike to it but it’s very easy.

A good easy 2 hour hike there and back. Have to jump the stream in a few places but completely doable. Very beautiful and calming wanted to stay longer but getting close to sundown. Will revisit this one with the kids for sure.

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