Along with cruising Lake Jocassee there are many fun and exciting things to do and sights to see in the surrounding communities. Here are just a few of the many fun attractions for the whole family awaiting you at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains!
Lake Jocassee - South Carolina's Best Kept Secret
Places like Lake Jocassee are few and far between these days. Waterfalls tumble downthe sides of the mountains from rivers and countless unnamed creeks, all converging into a crystal clear lake. The lake’s surface reflects 75 miles of pristine shoreline steeped with jagged rock formations and dense foilage, fading into uninterrupted mountain vistas of the Blue Ridge Range. The area is also a hotspot for ecological diversity. Some of the rarest plants and animals in the world make this lush gorge home.
Lake Jocassee has been called many things over the years since it was filled in the early 70's, but perhaps the greatest praise came in 2013 when National Geographic named Jocassee Gorges as one of “50 of the World’s Last Great Places.” Most of the list includes destinations of a lifetime, like Easter Island or Loire Valley. By comparison, Lake Jocassee in South Carolina is right in our own backyard.
While part of the area’s appeal is the area’s inaccessibility and rugged beauty, it seems a shame to have a world-class destination so close to home be unseen by folks who live within a few hours drive. Devil’s Fork State Park offers lake access, and Lake Jocassee is ideal for many different types of lake trips, including Waterfall and Lake Tours, Pontoon Rentals for the family to explore on their own, a leisurely afternoon paddle in a canoe to a multi-day kayak camping trip.
Visit South Carolina's Tallest Mountain!
"Sassafras Mountain is the highpoint of South Carolina. From the top you can view 6,000' + mountains in the distance. "
Duke Energy's World of Energy
"On Lake Keowee, the facility offers an audiovisual tour with animated displays, computer games and a nature trail."
Campbell's Covered Bridge
"Built in 1909 and the state's only remaining covered bridge, this well-preserved piece of history crosses a quiet stream."
Botanical Gardens- Clemson University
"The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a diverse 295 acres of natural landscapes, display gardens, and miles of streams and nature trails. The SC Botanical Garden is home to an official American Hosta Society Display Garden, a 70-acre arboretum, miles of nature trails and streams, a butterfly garden, wildflower meadow, fern and bog gardens and over 400 varieties of camellias. Don't miss the nature-based sculpture collection. " Clemson