Laurel Fork Falls – Pickens County, South Carolina

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There are two ways to reach the Laurel Fork Falls. The most popular (and easiest) way is to travel by boat on beautiful Lake Jocasee. However, if you are feeling adventurous, there is an 8-mile hike – one way! – that will take you to the falls.

© Rich Stevenson of Asheville, NC

Laurel Fork, like many of our state’s waterfalls, is best seen after it has rained for a few days. The falls drop 80 feet and spill into Lake Jocassee, providing visitors a spectacular view.

Lake Jocassee (pronounced “Joe-kass-ee”) is managed by Duke Energy and provides electricity to many residents in the Upstate. The lake is located in Oconee County and Pickens County, and there are some primitive camping areas around the falls available for public use.

Laurel Fork

If you would like to learn more about Laurel Fork Falls – and seem some knockout shots – we recommend you visit Although the website is named for North Carolina, its author, Rich Stevenson, often ventures into South Carolina and has documented many of our Palmetto State falls.

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