Spot a loon or a rambling black bear. Fish for trout in a deep, clear mountain lake. Hike through the glorious spring bloom of rhododendrons. And do it in South Carolina. Devils Fork State Park provides the only public access to Lake Jocassee, a largely undeveloped 7,500-acre reservoir tucked deep into the Blue Ridge. Devils Fork is easily reached from S.C. 11, the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway. The park is popular with families, fishermen, scuba divers and boaters, who enjoy Jocassees uncrowded setting and spectacular scenery, such as waterfalls cascading into the lake off steep, wooded slopes. Full campground amenities and modern villas also are highlights of the park. So are hiking and nature trails that provide the opportunity to appreciate sights ranging from rare Oconee bell spring flowers to the fall color show, while bald eagles and peregrine falcons patrol the mountain skies.
Easy, peaceful hike. Just posted a couple of pictures of the oconee bells as that is why I went. Of course they only bloom for a very short time in late March. Other than that, (for March) there's not alot in bloom, and the trail is somewhat uneventful. However, the Park does a great job with marking the types of trees, and there is a beautiful cascading creek, and a couple of historical markers / pond along the way. I'd hike again in the fall.
This trail is absolutely wonderful if you specifically want to see the Oconee Bells in bloom. The small creek and waterfalls are tranquil as well. This is a nature trail (not a hike) and has explanatory placards regarding the vegetation. I enjoyed it very much!
I liked swimming in the clear lake surrounded by the mountains. The fish would come up and bite me though and the blowflies bit me out of the water too. You can swim at your own risk there without any restrictions. There are just two short trails there.
Philip E. on Oconee Bells Nature Trail
Devils fork state park can be a bit too domestic for those looking for a challenging hike or an escape from civilization. On the other hand the park is great for bringing along the kids and relaxing on the lakes shore. The facilities are top notch and very clean. All in all this is a great park and more adventurous trails are nearby.