Oconee Passage

Palmetto Trail

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike
  • Mountain Bike

Length:

3.2 miles

Type:

One Way

Surface:

Natural

Difficulty: Difficult

Trail Features: t

  • Restrooms
  • Visitor Center
  • Parking
  • Trail Head
  • Waterfall
  • Point of Interest
  • Information Sign
  • Pets
  • Fee
  • Camping

Summary:

Oconee Passage begins in Oconee State Park and ends at Oconee Station State Historical Site, a backcountry military garrison and trading post from the 1790s. From the park, the passage follows a scenic roadbed that pinches into a path along the mountain ridgeline.

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Oconee Passage begins in Oconee State Park and ends at Oconee Station State Historic Site, a backcountry military garrison and trading post from the 1790s. From the park, the passage follows a scenic roadbed that pinches into a path along the mountain ridgeline. From the ridgeline into Station Cove, the passage drops about 1,000 feet for a challenging, one-way descent. Turn right where Oconee Passage intersects with Station Cove Falls Trail, and walk the quarter-mile spur to the popular Station Cove Falls. One of the prettiest in the county, the waterfall is a majestic 60-foot, tiered cascade. An amazing array of wildflowers can be found year round in Station Cove’s botanical area.

Difficulty: Moderate (if hiking), Advanced (if mountain biking)

Fees: No fee from the Station Cove Falls Trail parking area. Park entrance fee for Oconee State Park.

Camping: Lodging and camping are available at Oconee State Park.

Directions:

To Oconee Station State Historic Site: From the intersection of SC 28 and SC 11 at Walhalla, drive north on SC 11 for 6.3 miles and turn left (northwest) onto Oconee Station Road (Oconee County S-37-95). Drive 2.4 miles (approximately 0.3 mile past Oconee Station State Historic Site) to the trailhead on the left (parking is limited to four cars). Additional parking is available at Oconee Station State Historic Site picnic area. The 0.5-mile hike begins behind the bulletin board.

To Oconee State Park: From Walhalla, drive northwest on SC 28 for approximately 8.4 miles and bear right onto SC 107. Continue another 2.5 miles on SC 107 to Oconee State Park. After the Fee Station, turn left and drive to the parking area at the campground.

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Oconee State Park | 624 State Park Road, Mountain Rest, SC 29664 | (864) 638-5353

Sumter National Forest | Andrew Pickens Ranger District | 112 Andrew Pickens Circle, Mountain Rest, SC 29664 | (864) 638-9568

Palmetto Conservation Foundation | 722 King Street, Columbia, SC 29205 | (803) 771-0870 | Email

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Lat: 34.86190169255492
Long: -83.08910596826173