Devils Fork State Park is in northwestern South Carolina on the eastern edge of the Sumter National Forest at the edge of 7,500-acre (3,035 ha) Lake Jocassee. It is located three miles (5 km) off SC 11, the Cherokee Scenic Highway, near Salem, South Carolina.
The park offers hiking, camping (including several paddle-in primitive sites), canoeing and kayaking. The park is well known for rainbow and brown trout, as well as largemouth, smallmouth, and stryper bass, bream and catfish. Pontoon rentals are available, as are guided tours of the lake and its breathtaking waterfalls. Shuttle services for hikers to popular trails such as the Foothills Trail are also available.
The park has accommodations for scuba divers, including a walk-in ramp; thirty foot visibility is common, and due to the lake’s recent creation, roads, houses, signs and other marks of human habitation can be seen on the lake bottom. Much is too deep to access, but there are marked areas where divers can enjoy a fine time.
The 622-acre (2.5 km2) park was created in 1990. The park has many waterfalls that feed lake Jocassee (Whitewater Falls, the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi, feeds into Lake Jocassee), and is home to the Oconee Bell, a wildflower indigenous to North and South Carolina that grows throughout the park; more than 90 percent of the world population of these delicate white and pink flowers are found in the park.
Nestled along the shores of Lake Jocassee, with a picturesque background of the Jocassee Gorges Wilderness Area, lies Devils Fork State Park. It offers lakeside camping on the beautiful Lake Jocassee. The beauty of the area, the calm summer days, and the serenity of the hilly, wooded campgrounds will delight you and make you want to return.
Get away from the city noise and lights; hike or mountain bike along winding trails beneath shifting backgrounds of smoky blues and lavenders or bask in the solitude of our emerald canopies.
Visitors to Devils Fork State Park all agree that it provides one of the best vistas available at any upstate South Carolina park. Located on the south shore of Lake Jocassee, a cool, clear mountain lake, the park offers a vast variety of recreational escapes for all.
Lodging varies from modern day mountain villa’s to a primitive tent site, with hot showers and a park store nearby.
- Fishing Information : Jocassee is the only lake in South Carolina offering both trophy trout and a smallmouth bass, and has become a favorite fishing spot for anglers throughout the Southeast. The deep, crystal-clear water provides an excellent habitat for many species of fish, including brown trout, rainbow trout, white bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegill and black crappie. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.
If you are looking for a fantastic fishing experience, we recommend Sam Jones! Sam is an expert in finding trophy trout, and will do his best to ensure to come away from Lake Jocassee with classic memories (and hopefully a few keepers) !
You can contact Sam or learn more about his guided fishing charters HERE.
- Boating and Boat Access : Four boat ramps provide boat access to Lake Jocassee. It is not recommended that you leave your boat docked overnight due to the fluctuations in water level.
- Canoe/Kayak Rentals : Boat rentals are available by local companies. These include canoe/kayak and pontoons. Stephanie Couch, owner/operator of Jocassee Keowee Rentals, has been operating on both Lake Jocassee and Lake Keowee for over 20 years and comes highly recommended by locals and visitors alike. She also hosts lake tours on Jocassee.
- For more information on rentals and pricing, please contact Stephanie Couch. She will be happy to accommodate you.
- Picnic Area and Shelters : To make a picnic shelter reservation, call toll-free 1-866-345-PARK
- Note: Admission is not included in shelter price. Rates listed do not include applicable tax and nonrefundable transaction fee.
- Wireless Internet Access : Complimentary wi-fi is available at the Ranger Station and in all villas, for park guests. Password information is available at the Ranger Station.
- Playground Equipment : Yes
- Park Store/Gift Shop : The park store, located in the Ranger Station, is open daily from 9am-5pm, year-round, and includes limited grocery items, snacks, souvenirs and firewood.
- Picnic Shelters : Yes
- Playground : There are two playgrounds located on the park. One playground is located in the picnic area for day-use guests. The other is located in the villa area for villa guests to use.
- Swimming : Swimming is permitted in Lake Jocassee. There is no roped-off swimming area and lifeguards are not provided. You may swim at your own risk.
- Geocaching : Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. For more information visit the official geocaching website.
- Scuba Diving : The waters of Lake Jocassee are some of the cleanest and clearest in the Southeast, providing excellent visibility for all types of divers. For more information on scuba diving at the park, visit our Scuba section on this website.
- Hiking Trails : The Bear Cove Trail, a loop trail that begins and ends between the two picnic shelters, is located in the day-use area. This moderate hiking trail is 2 miles in length and winds through a predominately hardwood forest.
- Walking/Nature Trails : The Oconee Bell Nature Trail is an easy 1-mile loop trail that received its name for the rare wildflower that can be found along the footpath.
HOURS AND ADMISSION
- Admission : $5 adults; $3.25 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3 children ages 6-15; ages 5 and under, free.
- Days and Hours of Operation : Late spring to mid-fall, 7am-9pm, daily; late fall to mid-spring 7am-6pm, daily.
- Office Hours : 9am-5pm, daily.
- Tours : The Oconee Bell Nature Walk is held each year in March to explore the rare wildflower that can be found at the park. For more information check the programs and events listing.
- Pets : Pets are not allowed in the villas or the villa areas. Pets are allowed in most other outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet.
Annual Passes are available for $50.00, and can be purchased at the Park Office or at any other SC State Park. Annual Passes are good at all SC State Parks.
Contact Information-Park Office at:
161 Holcombe Circle
Salem, SC 29676
Phone: 864-944-2639 or1-866-345-7275