Plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and one of the greatest concentrations of rare and unique species in the eastern United States are found within Gorges State Park. An elevation that rises 2,000 feet in only four miles, combined with rainfall in excess of 80 inches per year, creates a temperate rain forest and supports a collection of waterfalls. On April 29, 1999, thanks to a unique partnership of industry, the environmental community and the state of North Carolina, 10,000 acres of the Jocassee Gorges in Transylvania County were placed in public ownership to be preserved for future generations of North Carolinians. The property was purchased by the state from Duke Energy Corporation, and the transaction created a 2,900-acre gameland managed by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Currently, Gorges encompasses nearly 7,500 acres and is the only state park west of Asheville. Because Gorges State Park is so new, the park is still in its planning and development phase. Currently, the park staff is working with local citizens, the park's advisory committee and design and engineering contractors to develop permanent facilities. The road and infrastructure project, begun in the Spring of 2007 affects use at the Grassy Ridge Access. Visitors wishing to visit this area are encouraged to call the park office before visiting for current park conditions.

I reviewed this with the Horsepasture Trail. We did the mile hike from visitor center. There's a parking area and picnic shelter even closer. Easy and short, just didn't get great view of the lower part of falls, which would have made it prettier I'm sure. Ok for a little short excursion.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

camping
23 days ago

Great hike from the Frozen Creek Access. Moderate especially when carrying a 40 lb. pack but enjoyable none the less. Camped for two nights with beautiful weather. Be on the lookout for copper heads as I almost stepped on one. Will be coming back.

I'd say easy to moderate as Trail is well maintained and easy to walk. Hike up is more moderate.

I began this hike from the frozen creek access. 5 miles through the beautiful woods and then 5 miles back going uphill so make sure you allow the time. For the most part it is all downhill. Once you get to the bottom of lake jocasse there will be a bridge that takes you to the lake and to a few different campsites. I was lucky enough to have the lake all to myself. Will be doing this hike again in the fall! Just beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail as an access to the Foothills trail. Was a great hike all the way to Lake Jocassee. We didn't hike it back having through hiked to Badcreek. If you do be prepared. It will be all uphill. From the lake it's 19.2 miles to Badcreek but be prepared if you wanna do that one. It's long and tough. Very worth the hike though.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy walk down to the overlook for Bearwallow Falls. We remarked that the signage throughout Gorges State Park leaves something to be desired, but otherwise the park is attractive.

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

short and steep

hiking
5 months ago

This is a wide, well-maintained trail that extends 5 miles from Frozen Creek access to the Toxaway River at Lake Jocassee. The first mile has a lot of large gravel stones that make the hike a little slower than it could be. The grade is almost all downhill on the way to the lake, so the journey there is much easier than the return. I made this hike with a heavy pack, and I was hurting on the steady uphill return the next day. It was also very humid under the forest canopy, so I would highly recommend more than one bottle of water as you leave Lake Jocassee. During the week, this trail sees very little use. In 2 days, I saw only one group on the trail. It's was a very serene and peaceful trip, and I would recommend it!