Jocassee Gorges

Jocassee Gorges

Overview

Area name

Jocassee Gorges

Area Location

Head north on US 178 from the intersection of Highway 11/Highway 178. Turn right onto F. Van Clayton Highway after approximately 7.2 miles.

Area Map

Access

Hours of Operation: open all day, every day.

Facilities

No facilities.

Background

Owned by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Jocassee Gorges covers roughly 43,000 acres. This area is home to the highest mountain in South Caroline: Sassafras Mountain, which is located within the Jim Timmerman Natural Resource Area. Follow F. Van Clayton Highway to highlights such as Chimney Top Gap, which includes the Foothills Trail. Hickorynut Mountain can be reached from the Foothils Trail which leads to Emory Gap, and beyond that, Pinnacle Mountain. Birding is best here from April through October.

Key Birds

Resident

Wild Turkey, Ruffled Grouse, American Woodcock, Great Horned Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Dark-eyed Junco.

Summer

Broad-winged Hawk, Wood Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Northern Panula, Swainson’s Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Scarlet Tanager.

Winter

Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren.