Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Devils Fork State Park

Devil’s Fork State Park is located near Salem, South Carolina. The park consists of 622 acres and was created in 1990. There are many small waterfalls that feed Lake Jocassee and is the home of the rare flower, the Oconee Bell. 90% of the world’s population of this flower is found at Devil’s Fork State Park. There is a campground and a park store/gift shop at the ranger station here. Most of the activities to do involve the lake and water sports. You can fish in Lake Jocassee and you will find many boaters on the lake. On-site kayak and canoe rentals are available. This the only public access to the lake. Some people even scuba dive here where there is thirty-foot visibility. There is a swimming area with no lifeguard in the park. Some people even like to do geocaching here. There is also a 1-mile nature trail called The Oconee Bell Trail where you can find the flower and identify birds.

Lake Jocassee is a 7565 acre, 300-foot-deep lake that is fed by four mountain streams and several waterfalls. The lake was created by the state and Duke Power in 1973. The Jocassee Dam forms the lake and is 385 feet high and 1750 feet long. Most of the manmade structures were demolished when the lake was created but divers found the remains of a lodge that was left intact. The Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery was a setting used in the film Deliverance in 1972 and is now underwater in the lake.

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