Devil's Fork State Park, Salem

Devils Fork State Park is in northwestern South Carolina on the eastern edge of the Sumter National Forest at the edge of 7,500-acre (3,035 ha) Lake Jocassee. It is located three miles (5 km) off SC 11, the Cherokee Scenic Highway, near the town of Salem, South Carolina.

The park offers hiking, camping (including several paddle-in primitive sites), canoeing and kayaking. The park is well known for rainbow and brown trout, as well as largemouth, smallmouth, and white bass, crappie, bream and catfish. The park has accommodations for scuba divers, including a walk-in ramp; thirty foot visibility is common, and due to the lake's recent creation, roads, houses, signs and other marks of human habitation can be seen on the lake bottom.

The 622-acre (2.5 km2) park was created in 1990. The park has many small waterfalls that feed lake Jocassee, and is home to the Oconee Bell, a wildflower indigenous to North and South Carolina that grows throughout the park; more than 90 percent of the world population of these delicate white and pink flowers is found in the park.
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  • Took a day trip up to Devils Fork State Park to enjoy some kayaking. The main boat ramp area near the entrance is very nice, but was very busy for a weekday. Even with three ramps there was a queue.....  more »
  • This is the worst park I've ever been to! Signs were posted for full capacity yet they said they had room for us. We pay $40 to get in and then there wasn't a spot to park our truck and boat trailer.....  more »
  • One of my favorite places to camp. The water is so clear. We kayak here after the summer. No longer that crowded. The waterfalls are beautiful too. Friendly staff. Clean restroom. Awesome place. Coming back soon. The camp site is just near the water. Boat ramp is available to launch kayak and canoes. This is South Carolina' s gem. We cant wait to go back soon.
  • This was our first trip here and the place is great! There is admission to the park, but very affordable. If you go to a lot of state parks, a park pass may be worth considering. The water here is clear, clean, and refreshing. Everyone working there was friendly. Lots of families, couples, and groups of friends. You can fish, boat, kayak, canoe, swim, hike the trail, camp, etc. You will find an area for swimming marked with a yellow rope; it is too shallow for boats to enter and everyone was swimming in it. You will find a place around it for a chair or towel, but there is minimal room right near the water. There is a rental place on site for everything, too! There are waterfalls, but you only can access them via water. Get a map and it will help! I kayaked with an 8 and 5 year as well as with another adult and child in a separate kayak. None of us had kayaked before, though I canoed, and we did fine. If you plan on renting a kayak or canoe, the tandem kayak can hold a small child in the middle + 2 others and the canoe can hold 2 adults + 2 kids or 1 adult + 3 kids. Plenty of places to stop on your water adventures to swim or snack! When we left, my 8 year old when said, "We need to vacation here!".
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