Bear Cove Trail

Devils Fork State Park

Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, South Carolina

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Bear Cove Trail


  • The Bear Cove Trail Trailhead.- Bear Cove Trail
  • The trail is very hilly.- Bear Cove Trail
  • Blue blazes mark the trail.- Bear Cove Trail
  • The old-growth makes an interesting walk through the woods.- Bear Cove Trail
  • A hiker crosses a small gully- Bear Cove Trail
  • Dogwood and other trees cover the trailside.- Bear Cove Trail
  • Bear Cove is a great swimming hole.- Bear Cove Trail
  • The finger of Lake Jocassee is very private.- Bear Cove Trail
  • The beach is secluded and has lots of room.- Bear Cove Trail
  • Some of the flora on the trail.- Bear Cove Trail
  • Lake Jocassee seen from the trail.- Bear Cove Trail
  • A rocky outcropping on the side of the trail.- Bear Cove Trail
  • The trail is filled with interesting views both big and small.- Bear Cove Trail
Overview + Weather
Easy footing. Swimming coves. Lake views. Old-growth deciduous forest.
Southern Blue Ridge Mountains, SC
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,500.00 ft (457.20 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Bear Cove Trail is a 2.5-mile loop trail located in Devils Fork State Park. The trailhead is across the parking lot from Eclectic Sun kayak rentals and is very accessible. The trail itself is hilly, rooty, and is lined with black cherry, red maple, and dogwood trees among along with pines and oaks. The trail crosses a road after a short time and continues on before splitting to begin the loop. Once the trail forks you will have an option to go left and through the cove first or to the right and see the lake shore first. Both directions are about the same level of difficulty. There is a spur trail that leads down to the cove that is fairly easy to recognize. Once reaching the cove or the lake, you can jump in to cool off or sit and enjoy the view. Wildlife such as salamanders, snakes, deer, and bear are all around the area and may be seen year round. This is a trail you'll want to hike multiple times because of the great access to the relaxing cove.

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