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“A Beautifully Undeveloped Lake”

Devils Fork State Park
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Salem
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

SC has GREAT state parks and Devils Fork is our favorite! The lake has depths over 300 feet even during dry summers; but, when the water level drops 24 (or so) feet the boat ramp gets verrrry long and the most of the waterfalls aren't accessible by (ski) boat. The groundskeepers excellently maintain the property. However, the Villa Housekeeping crew seems to be slipping. Everything looks neat and tidy when you enter but if you use a Swiffer you'll wonder if the entire floor is cleaned between guests. The screened decks also need (better) cleaning between guests. I love the place and will return ... I just take a few supplies and do a little pre-cleaning.

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Over the labor day weekend we had camped in the Devils Fork camp grounds. We reserved a tent campsite. It was one of the amazing camp sites we've been to. We had a lake side one T10. Beautiful view of the water and mountains. We even had access to the lake right from the camp site. Especially beneficial for people renting/owning a boat/kayak/jet ski.

The tent sites are a little walk away from the parking lots, especially the ones closer to the water, but id say its totally worth the view.

The bathrooms were regularly cleaned, and they had hot showers too.

2  Thank ReYo30
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Unfortunately the trip was cut short due to the bad weather. The overall experience, not good. Despite the place is really beautiful there is nothing much to do around except getting into the Lake Jocassee which is all around the park. I was expecting to visit the waterfall but you'll have access only if you have a boat. Renting them is quite expensive $250 for 4 hours for 4 people, kayaks are $50 a day but the closest waterfall is 3 miles away, just do the math. The closest town is Salem and Pickens, just about 15 miles away. Nothing typical to eat, we ended up in a KFC the only place available. We visited Chatooga Belle Farm, 40 miles away from the park. Had lunch and enjoyed picking fruits from the farms. Apples, peaches, grapes and berries. I would not recommend the park to anyone. If you like lakes and the mountains in the area I would highly recommend Cheoah Point in North Carolina , is no more than 100 miles away from the area and is just simply the best place in the Smokey Mountains.

4  Thank TboneQuasimodo
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

We had such a good time at this park. It is on Lake Jocassee which is just beautiful. The water was crystal clear. We had a kayak and took it out every day. The access from the campground to the lake was very easy. There are a couple of trails each about 2 miles long. You can rent kayaks, canoes, paddle boats right next to the campground. There are convenient beaches for swimming also. There are organized tours of the waterfalls in the northern part of the lake, but they are kind of pricey. The only way to get to the waterfalls is by boat. The campground was well maintained and while we were there, they were cutting dead trees away. The roads and pads are all paved. There are large tent pads at each site. The bathrooms were cleaned each morning, and the showers had plenty of hot water. Had 3 bars on Verizon and the data never dropped. Picked up 7 channels on the OTA TV.

2  Thank jebgg
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Have been three times now. Stayed at double springs campground twice and park side once. It is more beautiful than you can imagine. Clear crisp water surrounded by mountains. Breath-taking waterfalls. If you haven't been, go.

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