The mountain spring-fed Lake Jocassee encompassed by the Jocassee Gorges, waterfalls accessible only by boat and some of the best South Carolina trout fishing are all part of the allure of Devils Fork State Park.
The land around 7,500-acre Lake Jocassee remains mostly undeveloped and the only public access point to the lake is through Devils Fork. Four mountain streams and several waterfalls feed into the lake, making it cooler than others and a great South Carolina trout fishing spot. Plus, the unusually clear water of Lake Jocassee is a haven for scuba divers and swimmers. During the spring months, hikers on the two trails are treated to sightings of the endangered Oconee bell wildflower.
The lake was built in 1973 along with Lake Keowee, its sister lake, as part of the Keowee-Toxaway project. The dam on Lake Jocassee, which is 385 feet high, impounds four rivers, and the discharge becomes the Keowee River arm of Lake Keowee. The lake is eight miles long and covers 7,565 acres.
Devils Fork State Park – located just off of SC Highway 11, provides about anything you can think of for a great lake trip. There are several boat ramps, campgrounds, and hiking trails. Devils Fork State park is also the starting point of the famous Foothills Trail.
If you visit Lake Jocassee, you should definitely stop by Hoyetts store on the way. It is located on the same road as the state park. They know all about the lake and where to go for camping, hiking, and fishing. Also, Hoyetts offers boat tours, boat rentals, fishing guides, and a ferry service for hikers and campers.
At Devils Fork State Park, admission is $2 adults; $1.25 for seniors; and age 15 & younger are admitted free. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit southcarolinaparks.com or southcarolinalakes.net.
Once you arrive in beautiful Myrtle Beach, you’ll quickly learn why it’s one of the top tourism sites not only in SC, but the entire country!
Nearly 14 million people visit the area each year. There’s always something exciting going on in Myrtle Beach. Whether it’s the 60 miles of pristine and sandy beaches, golf, shopping, boating, or walking the boardwalk, Myrtle Beach has it all. There are 102 golf courses to choose from, and don’t worry about the kids being left out. There are nearly 50 miniature golf courses for the whole family to enjoy!
Myrtle Beach has more than 425 hotels, 1,700 restaurants, seven entertainment theaters, outlet shopping, amusement and water parks, cultural and historic sites, and plenty of fairs and festivals every month. Whether it’s a weekend trip or an extended stay, there are plenty of house rentals and hotels right on the beach to choose from. There are three welcome centers to help you plan your visit. Many hotels offer package deals to help visitors save money on their favorite activities. For more information, visit visitmyrtlebeach.com.