On the southern edge of Lake Jocassee, just shy of the North Carolina border, is a little slice of paradise called Devils Fork State Park.

The park is a boater’s delight, with many waterfalls accessible only from the water. Trout fishing is also popular. If you don’t have your own boat, canoes and kayaks are available for rent. In warmer months, a swimming area is open. 

In addition to camping, the park offers villas, which are far from rustic. They are more like comfortable homes with huge screened porches.

Hiking at the park is limited. The Oconee Bell Nature Trail is named for the rare white flowers that bloom in spring. The trail is an easy 1.5-mile loop. The Bear Cove Trail is another hiking option. The moderate trail runs two miles through forest. 

Nearby, there are a variety of other spots to visit. Check with a park ranger and be sure to read the top things to do at the park’s website.  

YOU CAN GO: Devils Fork State Park is located at 161 Holcombe Circle, Salem, S.C. Admission is $5 each for adults, $3.25 each for ages 65 and older, $3 each for ages 6 – 15 and free for ages 5 and younger or with a park passport. Learn more at

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