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. 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.
TIP: Arrive early!
The parking area is limited and fills up quickly on weekends. For a fee, you can reserve a parking space. Call 1-866-345-7275 or reserve online to be guaranteed a place to park.
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.
Frugal Picks for what to do at Lake Jocassee
Swim at the public beach area, hike trails around the lake or play on the playground. 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 throughout the park. Park store has vending machines and snacks.