Devils Fork State Park

Devils Fork State Park is nestled in the middle of the breath-taking Jocassee Gorges. These gorges are a series of steep rock walls along the Blue Ridge Escarpment carrying dozens of mountain rivers down into the vast, 7,500-acre Lake Jocassee. Originally constructed in 1973, this lake remains mostly undeveloped, and many of its elusive waterfalls can only be discovered by boat. These waters are also home to some of South Carolina's best trout fishing.

Jocassee is a Cherokee word meaning "Place of the Lost One" and the park offers a doorway into Lake Jocassee's ancient grandeur. The lake was created when the land's mountain rivers were redirected to flood what was once known as Jocassee Valley. Today, dozens of forgotten houses and camps rest quietly beneath the lake's clear blue surface and can be explored by scuba divers. The Eastatoees, the only species of parrot native to North America, also once called this land home. Its last known sighting was in 1903, here, in the Place of the Lost One.

Among the park's hidden treasures is the rare Oconee Bell. This delicate wildflower lives only in the Southern Appalachian mountains, where the mild climate and heavy rainfalls form the sole temperate rainforest on the East Coast.

Overnight guests can stay in fully-furnished villas or in one of two campgrounds located near Lake Jocassee.

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May 21 2022 - Oct 01 2022

May 21

Recurring weekly on Saturday until Oct. 01 2022

Relax and settle in for a breathtaking Sunset tour. Join Jocassee Lake Tours to explore the wilderness wonder of America’s most beautiful lake. Visit the many waterfalls that...

Devils Fork State Park



Jun 03 2022 - Aug 26 2022

June 03

Recurring weekly on Friday until Aug. 26 2022

The mission of JAC is to provide a day of adventure and discovery around Lake Jocassee, giving children, parents, and grandparents a day to remember. While this nature camp is...

Devils Fork State Park


June 05

Recurring monthly on the 1st Sunday

On the first Sunday of every month, a knowledgeable naturalist educator will guide you and your family on a tour of the features that make the gorges region a biological...

Devils Fork State Park