Oconee Station State Historic Site
The Park sits on 210 acres on Oconee Creek and has an
abundance of interesting features: two structures,
a pond and
Station Cove Falls--all very accessible on easy-to-walk, well maintained paths.
The Park is located just north of Walhalla off Hwy 11.
Structures: Nestled in a clearing surrounded by a split-rail fence under mature trees, this beautiful location holds the blockhouse and the William Richards home. The blockhouse was built in 1792 as a military post—one of several in the state—to protect settlers against the Cherokee Indians and later to protect Indians against settler encroachment.
The troops were removed in 1799, the last blockhouse to be decommissioned in SC.
In 1805, William Richards, from Ireland, built a brick home next door and established a trading post.
The buildings are open for tours 1-5 pm Saturday and Sunday or by appointment.
Hiking Trails: There is a 1.5-mile nature trail that goes around the pond and connects to a 1/2-mile trail that leads into Sumter National Forest and ends at Station Cove Falls.
In the Springtime, the wild flowers bloom in glorious abundance and add to the experience. The trail is relatively flat, well maintained and easy to walk. A good choice for children.
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Map courtesy of South Carolina State Parks