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lake jocassee gorges...

Lake Jocassee is a massive 7,500-acre and 300-foot deep reservoir created by Duke Energy in 1973 (along with Lake Keowee). The bottom of the lake used to be Jocassee Valley, and there are many remnants far below the waters visible only to scuba divers. In fact, there's a scuba diving playground, an old lodge, and a hilltop graveyard beneath 130 feet under water that was used to film Deliverance in 1972.

Many mountain streams, rivers and waterfalls flow into the undeveloped lake at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, making it an almost crystal green outdoor haven that photographs just cannot possibly do justice. Jocassee was named a destination of a lifetime by National Geographic, recognizing the surrounding gorges and the rare plant and animal wildlife habitats that surround her waters.

Your only point of access is through Devil's Fork State Park, which offers lakeside cabins, two campgrounds, and there are also several private homes available as rentals. Favorite activities here are canoeing/kayaking, pontooning (we made that word up but it’s definitely a thing), jet-skis, stand-up paddle boarding, waterfall hopping, jumping rocks, and swimming falls. If you time the trip right, you might can catch the blooming of the Oconee Bell (mid-March to early April), a rare flower that blooms only in this type of habitat found in the mountains of GA, SC & NC.