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Devil's Fork State Park, Salem

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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 the town of 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 white bass, crappie, bream and catfish. 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.

The 622-acre (2.5 km2) park was created in 1990. The park has many small waterfalls that feed 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 is found in the park.
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  • This is an amazing lake, the water is perfect and there are so many water falls to hang out around,. Don’t miss jumping off the rock! We really enjoyed our weekend onLake Jocassee 
    This is an amazing lake, the water is perfect and there are so many water falls to hang out around,. Don’t miss jumping off the rock! We really enjoyed our weekend onLake Jocassee  more »
  • I am not sure that I want to rave about Devils Fork State Park because I don't want people to swarm it! I love this place so much that I would love to live here. It is beautiful and unique. Very... 
    I am not sure that I want to rave about Devils Fork State Park because I don't want people to swarm it! I love this place so much that I would love to live here. It is beautiful and unique. Very...  more »
  • We camped at Devil's Fork the weekend of October 15th, 2021, and we had never been before. Actually, my wife and kids had never been camping before so it was a bit of an adventure for our family... 
    We camped at Devil's Fork the weekend of October 15th, 2021, and we had never been before. Actually, my wife and kids had never been camping before so it was a bit of an adventure for our family...  more »
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  • Loved this campsite. Beautiful scenery, right next to a body of water that is accessible from the campsites to swim, fish, boat, or play in. You have a decent amount of camping space. Easily the most beautiful and clean restrooms and showers I’ve seen yet while we’ve been camping. All around an amazing campsite I can’t even think of one thing I didn’t like to be honest.
  • THE BEST STATE PARK AND LAKE IN ALL OF SOUTH CAROLINA! Hands down! It's a well sought after place to be. You want to make sure you are there when they open or before 11! There are a few boat ramps, ramps for smaller equipment, etc. Playgrounds for children. A designated swimming area. You can rent water equipment, boats, tubes, etc. on sight. Public restrooms (do not recommend). Water is clear! Mountains all around. You can jump cliffs and see waterfalls from here as well but only by boat. We have been turned away a few times because they fill up quick! I'd give 10 stars if I could! Beautifully maintained and actively kept up all day every day. This is our favorite place to go. Highly recommend!
  • Very lovely state park. The lake is very clean and the water was a perfect temperature. The swimming part of the lake is surrounded by beautiful mountains that make a great backdrop for swimming. There is not too much of a "beach" to relax on, the shore is very small and rocky. There are picnic tables, bathrooms, and equipment rentals available. On the weekends, get there early, the parking lot fills up quickly.
  • Beautiful lake! I love paddle boarding here. It’s peaceful and the views are amazing. If you’re bringing your own board, kayak, or canoe it’s pretty easy to launch but they require you to have a life vest and a whistle. If you forgot you can rent from there. If you’re renting equipment make sure you reserve online and ahead of time.
  • Ranger Tom made all the difference! Wonderful weekend and great experience. Our family traveled from Florida to spend Mother's Day weekend camping. We brought a car top tent not realizing this was not allowed at the campsite. We also expected electric outlet access. We arrived after 5 pm and the office was closed. We were headed to an Airbnb until Ranger Tom hooked us up with the only RV site left available and made our weekend a complete success. Thank you very much!!!!!

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