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“Bring a Boat to Enjoy or Stop for the Views”

Devils Fork State Park
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Salem
Certificate of Excellence
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South Carolina
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111 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Bring a Boat to Enjoy or Stop for the Views”
Reviewed 27 October 2013 via mobile

Review of the park - see other review for lodging.
The setting is absolutely beautiful and the lake and mountains are spectacular. We hiked the Bear Cave Trail, a moderate trail to spectacular views. The hike itself is ok. There isn't much to see, but it was quiet and we enjoyed it. In the spring with the rhododendrons blooming, it would be a beautiful hike! Take the loop for a quieter route as most families with young kids, who tend to be a bit more boisterous, apparently take the short trail there and then return on the same trail.
Unless you bring a boat, a canoe or a kayak, or are willing to rent some pricey ones from the on-site supplier, there is not a lot to do at this State Park. There are two short hiking trails and limited foot access to the lake. It is a boater's paradise for sure. Be aware that unlike some smaller lakes in the area, boats with motors are permitted on this lake. It makes for a less-quiet setting but definitely fun for the boaters! Rental prices can be found thru the link at the park website but an example is $20 per hour for a 2-person kayak. $250 for pontoon boat for 4 hours.
Ranger station is open 9-5. Small bundle of firewood, which refused to burn because it was very wet was $5.50.
Again, the views are amazing! Lake is blue and beautiful. Make it a stop-in visit unless you have a boat or just want a few days of quiet and relaxing, which is sometimes needed.

1 Thank Vicki B
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“Quiet camping on clear water”
Reviewed 18 October 2013 via mobile

We camped for 2 days at the state park. This was our first time at Lake Jocassee. The water is crystal clear and there was even a small beach in a secluded cove that the kids swam in.
We did some hiking and plan to come back in the summer and bring our boat. If you like to camp and enjoy lake activities, this place is worth the trip.

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“A Beautifully Undeveloped Lake”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

SC has GREAT state parks and Devils Fork is our favorite! The lake has depths over 300 feet even during dry summers; but, when the water level drops 24 (or so) feet the boat ramp gets verrrry long and the most of the waterfalls aren't accessible by (ski) boat. The groundskeepers excellently maintain the property. However, the Villa Housekeeping crew seems to be slipping. Everything looks neat and tidy when you enter but if you use a Swiffer you'll wonder if the entire floor is cleaned between guests. The screened decks also need (better) cleaning between guests. I love the place and will return ... I just take a few supplies and do a little pre-cleaning.

Visited September 2013
3 Thank DeebsReview
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Best Campsite”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

Over the labor day weekend we had camped in the Devils Fork camp grounds. We reserved a tent campsite. It was one of the amazing camp sites we've been to. We had a lake side one T10. Beautiful view of the water and mountains. We even had access to the lake right from the camp site. Especially beneficial for people renting/owning a boat/kayak/jet ski.

The tent sites are a little walk away from the parking lots, especially the ones closer to the water, but id say its totally worth the view.

The bathrooms were regularly cleaned, and they had hot showers too.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank ReYo30
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“Camping at Devils Fork”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

Unfortunately the trip was cut short due to the bad weather. The overall experience, not good. Despite the place is really beautiful there is nothing much to do around except getting into the Lake Jocassee which is all around the park. I was expecting to visit the waterfall but you'll have access only if you have a boat. Renting them is quite expensive $250 for 4 hours for 4 people, kayaks are $50 a day but the closest waterfall is 3 miles away, just do the math. The closest town is Salem and Pickens, just about 15 miles away. Nothing typical to eat, we ended up in a KFC the only place available. We visited Chatooga Belle Farm, 40 miles away from the park. Had lunch and enjoyed picking fruits from the farms. Apples, peaches, grapes and berries. I would not recommend the park to anyone. If you like lakes and the mountains in the area I would highly recommend Cheoah Point in North Carolina , is no more than 100 miles away from the area and is just simply the best place in the Smokey Mountains.

Visited August 2013
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