Great campground and lake activities. amazing setting, lovely views. – review of devils fork state park, salem, sc – tripadvisor e gaskell

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This weekend we took the family electricity voltage in germany, dogs and our camper up to Devils Fork State Park in South Carolina. We picked this park as its claim to fame is that it is on the shores of crystal clear Lake Jocassee – renowned for its abundance of beautiful waterfalls. Some of the reviews I had read mentioned that the focus here is on water activities and boating. We don’t own a boat, but I really wanted to see some of these beautiful waterfalls. For about $300 you can rent a pontoon for four hours, and most companies can provide you with a map of the lake, highlighting the major waterfalls. However, it’s easy to get turned around in unfamiliar waters, so we opted for a guided tour. This turned out to be the best choice by far! More on that in a bit.

We left our suburban Atlanta home and started on the 2.5 hour drive on Friday. With a quick stop for lunch, we were at our campsite by a little after 2pm – official check in time. The ranger station is a bit crazy – it’s located right near the boat launch parking. This is one of the very few boat launches on the lake, so it gets very busy. After a smooth check in, we were off to our home for the weekend, site 58. All of the sites in this park are very spacious and wooded. The… This weekend we took the family, dogs and our camper up to Devils Fork State Park in South Carolina. We picked this park as its claim to fame is that it is on the shores of crystal clear Lake Jocassee – renowned for its abundance of beautiful waterfalls. Some of the reviews I had read mentioned that the focus here is on water activities and boating. We don’t own a boat, but I really wanted to see some of these beautiful waterfalls. For about $300 you can rent a pontoon for four hours, and most companies can provide you with a map of the lake, highlighting the major waterfalls. However, it’s easy to get turned electricity sources in canada around in unfamiliar waters, so we opted for a guided tour. This turned out to be the best choice by far! More on that in a bit. We left our suburban Atlanta home and started on the 2.5 hour drive on Friday. With a quick stop for lunch, we were at our campsite by a little after 2pm – official check in time. The ranger station is a bit crazy – it’s located right near the boat launch parking. This is one of the very few boat launches on the lake, so it gets very busy. After a smooth check in, we were off to our home for the weekend, site 58. All of the sites in this park are very spacious and wooded. The sites are paved and relatively flat, each has a tent pad as well and a pad with a fire pit and picnic table. Ours backed up to the bath house. After we got everything site all set up, we took a quick dip in the lake. The designated park swimming area is not nice. It’s basically a VERY narrow sand strip along a VERY rocky dam. There is a grassy area you can spread out, but be careful – there are geese that leave their mark all over. These geese also get in the water and swim around you and your little kiddos. I was walking along the edge of the water on Saturday, and they were hissing at me. I would not feel great having my baby near them in the water…. However, the swimming area is large and roped off – so you can have some water fun. I recommend you bring minimum gear and some floats and just know that you’ll need to relax in the water, not on your blanket on the “beach”. However, what it lacks in lounging space, it makes up for in the beauty of the view – a multilayered view of the Appalachian Mountain chain. It’s so beautiful. Grab a float, a relaxing beverage in a travel mug (no alcohol allowed in the park), and enjoy the amazing view while you float your cares away…. After our quick cool down, we mosied on back to the campsite. We discovered the next day, that there is a trail between sites 48 50 that leads right to the Jocassee Lake Rental office / day use / walk in tent camping area. It’s SOOOO much faster than walking along the road. You can rent kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards here for very reasonable rates. They also have a small “Surf Shack” type shop with snacks, bug spray, ice cream, etc. They also rent portable tables and chairs for day use. Saturday morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we took off for the boat ramp for our 10am pontoon tour. We made the mistake of driving to the boat launch – DO NOT i electricity bill com DO THAT!!!!!! Yowsers! We got stuck behind a loooong line of trucks and boats and trailers, oh my! Took us forever to get untangled there and then we made our way to the day use area and walked over. PLEASE HEED MY ADVICE: Take the trail between sites 48 50 and leave the car at the camp site! We took Jocassee Lake Tours on a four hour tour of the upper half of the lake with Captain Kenny. All of this company’s guides are naturalists and take courses at nearby Clemson, so they know what they are talking about. Not only did we get to see some beautiful waterfalls, hike a jumbo staircase, jump off “family rock” and have a super relaxing day on the water, we also learned a lot about the history of the lake and the valley (they flooded this area in 1973 to make the lake) and a lot about the local plants. I highly recommend this tour. In the afternoon, we found a great beach static electricity diagram right in the camping area!!! We were walking the dogs, and the girl wanted to see what was down this side trail between campsites 1 3. Reluctantly I followed, but what we found was great! There is a small sandy beach in a small cove. We spent the rest of our lake time in this spot. There were boats that tied up here at night, so in the morning and evenings, there were some big boats in the way. But in the middle of the day, it was all ours! The dogs even enjoyed swimming here! You may be able to access this from the back of sites 34, 35 37, which were on the lake – but I was not able to verify this… And again with the VIEW! That night it rained, so we did tethered to our phone to our computer to watch a movie as there is no Wi-Fi in the campground. Sunday morning it rained and rained. We went into nearby Seneca (about 30 minutes) for lunch and a movie. A summary of our findings to help you discover this amazing place: Check in: 2pm Check out: 12pm Tips: • No alcohol allowed. They are not crazy and don’t patrol, but if you bring it, be responsible and discrete. • No Wi-Fi access in the campground but we had no issue with Verizon coverage. • If you aren is there a gas station near me’t feeling like camping, they have “Villas” for rent that look pretty amazing and have their own shared boat launch • Pet friendly. The rules say no dogs on the beach, but there were plenty. Make sure your dog is well socialized. Site Intel: • If you are tent camping, grab the walk in sites. You don’t have to walk that far, and if you have a wagon or buggy, it shouldn’t take too long to transport all your stuff. The downside is that they don’t have electricity, the upside – they are RIGHT ON THE LAKE. • BOAT IN SITES!! These would be an awesome option, but they do not allow dogs, so keep that in mind. If you have a boat, or are renting a boat, you can head over to an island with primitive camping. I didn’t get a chance to see these sites, but I bet they are beautiful and relaxing. • 31-41 are the closest to the lake and probably have beautiful views Fall – Spring. • Sites 34, 35, 37 are on the lake and seem to have walking paths down to the camp beach area. • 1 3 have a path between them that leads to the camp beach area. Could be good (proximity) or bad (lots of foot traffic near your site) • 48 50 have a path between them that leads to the Day Use Parking and the Jocassee Lake Rentals office. If you are going to be renting kayaks or paddleboards a lot during your stay, this is a good location. Also closest to be able to walk to the park swimming area. • Sites 10-29 are far from the bathrooms More Show less

This SC state park is the best, if not only, public access to Lake Jocassee in upstate SC. The day lake is known for its clear water is a training space for scuba divers. It is also known for fishing by boat. The state park has a ranger station with a fairly well stocked camp store open 9:00-5:00. For gas city indiana restaurants $5 per person you can park your vehicle with or without boat trailer use three boat ramps near the ranger station. There are two additional boat ramps further up the road as well. There is a day use area for single vehicles also. Also $5 per person. There are two reservable picnic shelters with water access and several separate uncovered picnic tables first-come-first-served. There is a concessionaire at the day use area where you can get supplies snacks also rent watercraft, umbrellas chairs. Available water craft include SUPs, canoes kayaks of various sizes. Motor boats make it challenging to stay upright at times. There is no “designated” swimming area, but people routinely use a roped off area to swim with no lifeguard. The reason I didn’t give 5 star is that the park clearly favors boaters. The day use area is very small with few amenities for other types of vacationers. There are two nice nature trails and a campground for various types of camping as well. Very few sites are lake front, so reserve well in advance.