Lake Jocassee, located in the middle of the Jocassee Gorges, is one of the area’s premier destinations.

There is an admission fee to enter Devils Fork State Park (which is the only public access point for Lake Jocassee).  But you can stay all day, which makes this a relatively inexpensive day of family fun.

Admission: $8 adults; $5/ SC seniors (age 65 & older); $4 children ages 6-15; ages 5 and under, free. 

Devils Fork State Park is open late spring to mid-fall from 7:00am-9:00pm every day.  Hours late fall to mid-spring are 7:00am-6:00pm, daily.


  • You can borrow SC State Parks ALL Parks Passports from libraries across South Carolina. 
  • This means residents of South Carolina (who have a valid library card) can access Devils Fork for free!
  • Even if you have an ALL Parks Passport, it doesn’t guarantee entry if the park is full.
  • The parking area is limited and fills up quickly on weekends. 
  • We suggest getting there before 9:30am on weekends during the spring and summer.
  • For a fee, you can reserve a parking space.  Call 1-866-345-7275 or reserve online to be guaranteed a place to park.

Frugal Picks for what to do at Lake Jocassee


Swim at the public beach area, fish the lake, hike trails around the lake or play on the playground. Read more about Things to Do at Devils Fork State Park.

You can rent canoes, kayaks or standup paddle boards from Eclectic Sun and explore the lake at your own pace.


Pack a picnic lunch. Picnic shelter and tables can be found throughout the park.

The Devils Fork State Park retail store has vending machines and snacks.



photo of tent at Devils Fork State Park

Devils Fork State Park campground is near the shores of Lake Jocassee.  You can tent camp or book an RV site.





Rare Wildflower

If you’re visiting mid-March through early April, you can hike the easy 1-mile Oconee Bell Nature Trail and see Oconee Bell wildflowers in bloom.  A species only known to this area of the USA.