Bear Cove Trail **CLOSED**

Salem, SC
Length: 2.50 mi.
Type: Loop

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Scenic views of Lake Jocassee await you at the loop end of this hilly, mildly rugged, dirt trail. From the kiosk in the picnic area you will descend into a mixed forest where you may see dogwood, black cherry, red maple, and a variety of other trees among the oak and pine. Although the trail is mostly easy to follow, look for the blue blaze markers and avoid side paths especially where you cross a park road, re-enter the woods and climb a hilly area where the loop portion of the trail begins. You can relax on a bench near the lakeshore before following the loop back. After a short distance, you will be at the end of the loop portion of the trail and  you will go back the way you came. Watch for a variety of birds, as well as bear, deer, snakes, and other wildlife.

-From the DFSP trails website

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Trail Features

Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Lake, Picnic Area, Playground, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

When you enter the park, fork left to park near the kayak rentals. The trail begins behind the picnic shelters downhill from the parking lot.

The highlight of the trail is the view of Lake Jocassee about halfway around the loop. It is a good spot to stop for a snack and let the kids throw rocks into the water.

The park gets very busy on weekends, so plan to arrive early in the day.

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Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $5.00

$5.00/adults, $3/age 6-16, Free/5 and under

An annual pass is available for purchase for all the area state parks (from $50/year).

Trail Contributor

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I joined Hike it Baby in 2014 when my son was just 2 months old.  A year later, I became an Ambassador for the Greenville, SC branch.  I love raising my kids on the trail and meeting so many like-minded families!


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