Kayak to Laurel Fork Falls

South Carolina Foothill Trails Access Point

Added by Seth Berry

Perhaps one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state of South Carolina is Laurel Fork Falls on the gorgeous Lake Jocassee -- which is best seen by boat.

This stunning waterfall tumbles down 80 feet before spilling into Lake Jocassee between a slot of shear rock cliffs. However, the catch is not many people see this beautiful location unless you have a boat or are willing to hike a streneous 8-mile hike one-way along the Foothills Trail.

But I am sold on the best way to witness this gorgeous waterfall is by kayak. Many boats will make the long ride out to the north end of Lake Jocassee to get within wide viewing distance of the waterfall coming down the mountain. But many end up turning around not knowing if you have a smaller boat (or kayak) you can keep following the cove line up to where there's a crack in the rock cliffs and hang a left to witness the breathtaking view of the water plunging down in between the rocks.

However, only experienced and well trained kayakers are able to kayak the full length of Lake Jocassee to this northern section of the area. Plus when factoring in the wind and the rough open waters from time to time, it would be a pretty tough work out. The more enjoyable way to get to this location via kayak is to use one of the several kayak shuttle services offered around Devils Fork State Park. I recommend going through the Jocassee Outdoor Center right outside of the park. They provided me excellent service of transporting me and my own personal kayak via boat to this location and dropping me off at my desired spot for me to kayak to this waterfall. Then they returned later in the evening to pick me up after kayaking and exploring further along the lake.

I suggest spending as much time as desired in awe of this splendid waterfall and enjoy being able to see it from a perspective that most of your average "tourist" wouldn't see. Also, if you're feeling adventurous, jump in the water and cool off in the crisp Jocassee clear water.

Waterfall Coordinates: 35.0320088, -82.8961437

Pack List

  • Kayak
  • Waterproof Camera
  • GoPro
  • Snacks
  • Money to pay for shuttle service
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Activities:

Chillin, Kayaking, Photography

Skill Level:

Advanced

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Features:

Cliff Jumping
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Swimming Hole
Waterfall

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6 months ago

Great Place

One of my favorite spots to go! I love taking the boat out and then climbing the rock wall to get up to the falls. Great waterfall to photograph!

6 months ago

Added by Seth Berry

A nature and travel photographer from South Carolina. Exploring the great outdoors, capturing stunning and breathtaking photos, and inspiring people through photography is my passion. View my work at www.SethBerryPhotography.com

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