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- Trail Head
- Visitor Center
- Water Launch
- Picnic Area
The Bear Cove Trail is a hilly, mildly rugged, dirt path that offers scenic views of Lake Jocassee.
Scenic views of Lake Jocassee await you at the loop end of this hilly, mildly rugged, dirt trail. From the kiosk you will descend into a mixed forest where you may identify dogwood, black cherry, red maple, and a variety of other trees among the oak and pine. In the early spring, endangered Oconee Bells wildflowers blossom along the creek. The Oconee Bells Nature Trail may also treat hikers to views of this wildflower.
Although the Bear Cove Trail is mostly easy to follow, look for the white blaze markers and avoid side paths especially where you cross a park road, re-enter the woods and climb a hilly area. Stay to the right at the next two forks in the trail. You will see an inlet on your left as you approach the lake. You can relax on a bench near the lakeshore before following the loop back. After a short climb you will recognize the firebreak you crossed on your way out. If you turn right and walk uphill, you will see a sign directing you to the left. This is the end of the loop, so you will go back the way you came.
Watch for a variety of birds, as well as bear, deer, snakes, and other wildlife. Insect repellent is recommended in warm weather. Pets are permitted on leashes. Water and restrooms are available at the building in the parking area.
Camping: Call 1-866-345-PARK (7275) or go online at www.SouthCarolinaParks.com to make your reservations today!Directions:
From Walhalla: Drive north on SC 11 for approximately 13.5 miles and turn left onto Oconee County S37-25. Continue to Devil’s Fork State Park. Turn left at the camping area gate and then turn right at the first drive. The trail kiosk is on the parking loop.