Oconee Station Falls

Sunday morning, 30 degrees, the middle of March, the woods are still nudeaflora with the exception of the

beech trees which still are holding on to a few of  last year's leaves.

But down by the creeks and in the damp coves the spring flowers are emerging.

                                        And you find one wildflower you will usually find many.
                       Over the years we have located a number of good wildflower havens.One favorite spot for early flowers is Oconee Station Falls. Located at the foot of the mountains. Flowers generally appear there two weeks earlier than here in Cashiers, NC at 3900 feet elevation.
 Spring is early this year the flowers at Oconee Station should be at their peak.
There are parking spots at the trail head and a trail that leads to the falls, .7 mile, flat. You will see thousands
of flowers along the way to the falls. There are a number of species including rare red and yellow trillium. Visiting Oconee Station Falls is great way to kick off spring.
We plan to go down and check it out today.

 Directions: From Walhalla, take SC 183 north for three miles to SC 11 (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway). Take SC 11 north for two miles. Look for signs directing you to Oconee Station State Park. Turn left onto Oconee Station Road and follow two miles to Oconee Station. There is a pull-off with room for a few vehicles on the left about .3 mile beyond park entrance where the trail crosses the road.

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JOHN McCarley

PO Box 524
Cashiers, North Carolina 28717
United States


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