For Immediate Release – May 10, 2018

Contact – Kevin Evans 864-944-2639 

New Educational Exhibit at Devils Fork State Park

Salem – Recently Dr. John Scroggins from Lenoir, NC, approached the South Carolina State Park Service wishing to donate to Devils Fork State Park some native Oconee Bells Shortia Galacifolia that he removed from the Jocassee Valley prior to the formation of the lake. That donation helped develop a special exhibit at the park.

Viewing the beautiful blooms of the Oconee Bells in early spring is hard enough. Their native habitat is streambanks and slopes of the Jocassee Gorges in high rainfall areas, usually in deep shade of Rhododendron.  Now imagine having limited mobility.  This issue has been a concern for Devils Fork State Park for many years. 

 The Devils Fork Team welcomed the opportunity and, with the help of the Friends of Jocassee and the Salem Iris Garden Club, created an exhibit that allows wheelchair access to view a colony of native Oconee Bells.  The exhibit, which is located at the Ranger Station, simulates the environment of a mountain creek.

 “Allowing people to connect to the natural resources of the park is one of our main goals,” said Park Manager Kevin Evans. “We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us make this exhibit possible. Without the donations of the Bells, the funds to create the exhibit and the time spent helping install the plants, this exhibit would not exist.”

 Admission to the park is $5/adult, $3/children ages 6 to 15 and children ages 5 and under are free.  Members of the South Carolina National Guard as well as South Carolina residents 65 or older or disabled are admitted for a discount of $3.25 per person.  For more information, call Devils Fork at 864-944-2639.

 Devils Fork State Park is located on Lake Jocassee in Salem SC.  The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours during Daylight Savings Time. For more information on South Carolina’s state parks, visit