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Nature lovers will not be disappointed by this pristine 622-acre park located on Lake Jocassee in the Blue Ridge Mountains, close to the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway (SC 11). The park is home to bald eagles, black bear, peregrine falcons, and other wildlife, plus brown and rainbow trout, bluegill, black crappie, and smallmouth, largemouth and white bass that live in the clear waters of the 7,500-acre lake. Swimmers and scuba divers proceed at their own risk. Bird lovers congregate here in January for the annual Winter Bald Eagle Survey. The park also harbors a variety of wildflowers, including the rare Oconee bell, and its ...

Nature lovers will not be disappointed by this pristine 622-acre park located on Lake Jocassee in the Blue Ridge Mountains, close to the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway (SC 11). The park is home to bald eagles, black bear, peregrine falcons, and other wildlife, plus brown and rainbow trout, bluegill, black crappie, and smallmouth, largemouth and white bass that live in the clear waters of the 7,500-acre lake. Swimmers and scuba divers proceed at their own risk. Bird lovers congregate here in January for the annual Winter Bald Eagle Survey. The park also harbors a variety of wildflowers, including the rare Oconee bell, and its waterfalls are spectacular. The park offers 100 tent and RV camping sites, convenient to restrooms with hot showers, plus backcountry sites. The park store sells groceries, camping supplies, and gift items. Visitors who prefer more luxurious accommodations may stay in the two- and three-bedroom fully-furnished villas. These units are available by the week from Memorial Day through Labor Day and a minimum of two nights the rest of the year. The park is only 36 miles from Greenville, offering shops, restaurants, an airport, and Interstate 85.

Carol Timblin
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Carol Timblin has contributed to numerous guidebooks and authored four editions of Houghton Mifflin's Best Places to Stay in the South.

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    The park is open year-round, but the best times to visit are spring, summer, and fall.