Oconee Bells Nature Trail

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Oconee Bells Nature Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Salem, South Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.0 miles
144 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly





nature trips

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wild flowers


Relaxing, peaceful hike thru a beautiful forest; Oconee Bell viewing in spring This is a great trail for families and those who wish to see the 'rare' Oconee Bell. They have guided hikes around April to catch them in bloom. Otherwise great trail through hardwoods and by a lake to keep your attention/interest.

3 months ago

Be sure to check out my video of this trail to see how it looks! https://youtu.be/2c8wyl4aB3M This was a great little hike. Close to the visitor center, this little trail will take you under an hour to hike. You start by crossing a small bridge and then going down hill. Here you can see some ocanee bells, the flower that makes this trail special (there is a sign for it). You then hike up the hill to get back to the parking lot.

8 months ago

ok for what it is

11 months ago

easy trail. nice change in different environments

11 months ago

Very easy. This trail is close to home for me.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

easy trail. will be a lot of pretty blooms in the spring

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Nice easy trial. A little over grown in areas for our small kids. Over all very nice and Joccasse is always beautiful.

Friday, April 15, 2016

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.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Beautiful easy trail. We saw a lot of the unique Oconee Bell blooming along the creek. The trail has trees identification labels also.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

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!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Oconee bells blooming. Very nice.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Great for little ones, not a hard hike. We went as a large family, little ones to grandparents! Beautiful Oconee Bells and a fabulous view of majestic Jocasee.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

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.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Saturday, November 05, 2016

recorded Ocenee Bell Loop 1.5 Easy

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014