Oconee Bell

Location: Northwestern South Carolina
Trip Starts: Visitors Center
Trip Ends: Visitors Center
Total Distance: 1 mile
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Trails Used: Oconee Bell Nature Trail
Trail Traffic: None
Trip Type: Day Hike
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Devils Fork State Park
161 Holcombe Circle
Salem, SC, 29676


Devil’s Fork State Park is located in the northwestern corner of South Carolina and is an undeveloped 7,500-acre reservoir tucked deep into the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was leased in 1991 by the State of South Carolina from the Duke Power Company and it currently provides the only public access to Lake Jocassee.

This short and easy hike in Devils Fork State Park gets its name from a rare wild flower, the Oconee Bell, that has attractive white blooms. The trail begins just down from the visitor’s center at the back of the boat parking area and loops through a hardwood forest that has numerous oaks and hickory trees towering above in the canopy. The trail is well maintained and has interpretive signs and benches as it crisscrosses a small creek on the lower sections of the trail. As you start your climb back to the ridgeline, you will pass a small pond on the right about halfway along the path. The trail is heavily wooded in the summer months, and the pond may come as a surprise, albeit a brief one, before you make the final ascent back to the parking area.

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