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Offering the many perks of a relaxing mountain escape is Oconee State Park in South Carolina. Covering 1165 acres, there is room for everyone to enjoy the scenic surroundings and recreational opportunities. There are plenty of things for visitors to do in the park, which includes hiking, picnicking, and then fishing, boating, and swimming in the park's two small lakes. Book an RV in Oconee County to experience all this and more.
Oconee State Park was first created by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and some of the buildings that still remain in the park were those built by the CCC, several of which were placed on the National Register of Historic Places back in 2004. By road, the Oconee State Park is very easy to get to, with nearby towns, including Anderson, Greenville, and Seneca.
A range of wooded trails twists their way through the forest and foothills. The trailhead of the Foothills Trail can actually be found in the park, one of South Carolina's most challenging hikes, it covers 77 miles through the wilderness of the Blue Ridge Escarpment. There are six trails in total that start within the park, with the Oconee Trail, Old Waterwheel Trail, and Lake Trail all loops that lie within the park boundaries. Other options include the hidden falls trail and Tamassee Knob Trail that heads out of the park and into the wilderness beyond.
People flood to go RV camping at Oconee State Park to enjoy the unique, old fashioned swimming hole, that is complete with lifeguards and a hair-raising high dive during the summer. It can be a great way to cool off throughout the day. The 18-hole mini-golf course available in the park is also a lot of fun, open to park guests for just a small fee.
While away an afternoon on lake in a Kayak, canoe or Jon boat, whether you want to bring your own in your rental RV or rent one from the lake shores. Paddleboards are also available to rent seasonally and provide a great chance to try out a new sport. Non-motorized fishing boats are also available to rent from the lake, so you can try your luck with a line.
The main state park RV campgrounds are located near the lake. The campsites at Oconee State Park have individual water and electrical hookups as well as a picnic table for use during your stay. There is also a walk-in tent camping area for those that would prefer a more rustic camping experience. There are 140 sites to choose from, with laundry facilities and a dump station available.
For those that want to go motorhome camping outside of the park, a good option is Highlands Hidden Creek Campground. The campgrounds are only small, with room for five RVs, just provides a brilliant camping experience. Each site provides city water and sewer, 50-amp electrical service, cable TV, WiFi, plus access to an outdoor kitchen, stone fireplace, and laundry room. It is nestled in the blue ridge mountains just a few blocks from the historic Highlands, NC downtown.
When camping at Oconee State Park in September, be sure to check out the South Carolina Apple Festival, a highly anticipated event in the state's calendar. Over the course of a long weekend, a huge array of events take place, the majority of which are apple-themed. These include an apple baking contest, live musical entertainment, street vendors, arts and crafts, a parade, and a classic car show; there is something for all ages. People come from all over the state to rent an RV during this time, so make sure you don't miss out.
For arts, crafts, music, theater, and all things cultural, the Bascom in Highlands is a must-visit. This center for the visual arts always has something going on, from rotating exhibitions of art to classes where you can learn a new skill. Throughout the year, the center is host to a range of exciting events.
Why better way to spend the day than in a tasting room at the local vineyards? Tiger Mountain Vineyards can provide just that opportunity. The winery cultivates all its own grapes to produce a collection of beautifully handcrafted wines. The tasting room is bright yet cozy, with a fire roaring from the stone fireplace in the winter months. You'll be able to sample some of the wineries finest, and if there are any you particularly like, buy some to take back to your RV rental for enjoyment later.