Destination guide

Stop the clocks and make some time for Lake Jocassee

Pack your rods and reels, your bathing suit, and your sense of adventure, but forget about your watch. Let's slow things right down to Jocassee time. Lake Jocassee vacation rentals are about lazy pontoon boat trips, crystal clear water, spectacular waterfalls, and big fish. Named for a lovesick Cherokee princess, Jocassee is actually a giant man-made reservoir, created as recently as the 1970s. Icy Appalachian mountain rivers keep this deep, 7,500-acre lake cool and crisp, and it's so underdeveloped that most of the best bits are only accessible by boat.

Things to do

Get up close and personal with nature at Lake Jocassee

Jocassee is most famous for its waterfalls, and swimming, hiking, and paddling round them is the stuff of Huck Finn dreams. But there's just as much fun to be had on dry land, too, since Lake Jocassee borders some prime park areas. Most of the lake activities are based out of Devils Fork State Park at the south end of the lake, and you've also got the vast Jocassee Gorges Wilderness Area to the east. For full-on back-country activities, get yourself to the Gorges State Park to the north, with its modern, museum-style visitor center.


Swim like a fish in Lake Jocassee, or pull one from the deeps

In it, on it, or under it - any Lake Jocassee vacation rental is going to be big on the water activities. Trailer your own boat down, rent one there, or take a pontoon boat tour. Canoe or kayak to those top swimming spots under the waterfalls, then don your scuba gear and check out the ghostly remnants of houses and roads in the deeps. If you're out for the big fish, Lake Jocassee has current state records for several species. You can hit the depths of the lake proper, or fly fish for trout and bass in one of the streams.


Gear up for 4-season fun on your Lake Jocassee vacation

You can save your down jackets and snow boots for the mountains, since the climate's pretty mild round Lake Jocassee. Many of the activities are year-round, so it all depends what you're looking to get out of your Lake Jocassee vacation rental. Summer's all about long, lizard days sunning yourself on the pontoons then shocking yourself back to life with a dip in the cool water. If you go in fall, be prepared for the most amazing forest colours, while in winter you'll have spectacular views of the waterfalls, and maybe an occasional dusting of snow.

Natural features

Fall head over heels for the falls of Lake Jocassee

There are 4 main waterfalls on Lake Jocassee. Hike to them, swim in them, even walk behind them like you're in Last of the Mohicans. The state parks and wilderness areas bordering the lake are also famous for their diversity of wildflowers, including the rare, indigenous Oconee Bell - more than 90% of the world's population of these flowers are found right here. If you're still not sold on Jocassee, then you've even got some sandy beaches, though since it's a reservoir, access can depend on whether the water's up or not.

Can I find a vacation rental around Lake Jocassee?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,450 vacation rentals near Lake Jocassee. From 373 Cabins to 810 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Jocassee for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Jocassee?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Jocassee. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • North Carolina: 25,414 vacation rentals
  • Georgia: 12,403 vacation rentals
  • North Georgia Mountains: 4,701 vacation rentals
  • Blue Ridge Mountains: 14,039 vacation rentals
  • North Carolina Mountains: 20,685 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Jocassee! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Jocassee?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Jocassee:

  • Highlands: 1,039 rentals
  • Hendersonville: 1,904 rentals
  • Brevard: 739 rentals
  • Franklin: 1,698 rentals
  • Cashiers: 865 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Jocassee?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake Jocassee. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Clemson University: 538 rentals
  • Devils Fork State Park: 1,174 rentals
  • Table Rock State Park: 461 rentals
  • Sliding Rock: 1,292 rentals
  • Western Carolina University: 2,009 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Jocassee listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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