Jumping Off Rock – Lake Jocassee, South Carolina


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Serene Lake Jocassee is best viewed from Jumping Off Rock, located in northern Pickens County. No one knows for sure where the name Jumping Off Rock came from, but its untouched, natural beauty is surely breathtaking.

Jumping Off Rock Lake

Mark VanDyke of Herndon, VA, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

However, Jumping Off Rock is not an easy place to get to. The steep road that goes there is full of twists and bumps, but the view is worth the effort.

Lake Jocassee SC

Dave Allen of Hendersonville, NC © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jumping Off Rock

Steven Faucette of Williamston© Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Neil Vander Linden of Easley, 2006 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jumping Off Rock Jocassee

Bob Spalding of Easley, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jumping Off Rock SC

Steven Faucette of Williamston © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

For detailed directions on how to Jumping Off Rock, check out the South Carolina Wildlife Magazine’s Drive to Jumping Off Rock.

Reflections on Jumping Off Rock


Photographer Mark VanDyke shares, “Driving up to Jumping Off Rock via Horsepasture Road is quite an experience. I roll the windows down in my truck and enjoy every second of it. For a kid that grew up in a subdivision outside of Washington DC that itself was the size of most of the towns I now live in, the solitude and rugged nature of Horsepasture Road – not to mention the payoff of the view from the scenic Jumping Off Rock overlook – are something out of an adventure book that I must have dreamed when I was playing in my concrete jungle as a boy. Jumping Off Rock is widely known as the pinnacle view in the state of South Carolina, looking down upon Lake Jocassee and out into the mountains of Western North Carolina.”

SCIWAY visitor Denise Campbell of Pickens wrote to tell us that Jumping Off Rock is “a sight that one must see for themselves, for pictures cannot fully capture the beauty.”

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One Comment about Jumping Off Rock

Daniel Jacob says:
March 3rd, 2015 at 4:20 pm

http://www.ExpeditionCarolina.com provides boat shuttle service from Devils Fork State Park that will place hikers within a 2 mile hike of the spot!
What a great way to kick off the year!






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