MORE INFORMATION: Gorges State Park NC 281 South, P.O. Box 100 Sapphire, NC 28774-0100 (828) 966-9099
HIGHLIGHTS: Gorges State Park is one of North Carolina’s newest state parks, and the property was recently purchased by the state from Duke Energy Corporation. The transaction created a 2,900-acre gameland managed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and a 7,100-acre state park with plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and one of the greatest concentrations of rare and unique species in the eastern United States. This hike to Lake Jocassee starts at the parking area off Frozen Creek Road and descends gradually on the Canebrake Trail to a designated campground and a lengthy suspension bridge over the Toxaway River. Note: Many of the park’s facilities are still being developed, so information, rules and regulations are subject to change.