Bellfest 2019: Lake Jocassee

It’s been 230 years since the famous French botanist Andre Michaux traveled up the Savannah River toward the Blue Ridge escarpment and discovered Oconee bells (Shortia glacifolia).

One of South Carolina’s most unique and earliest wildflowers, the Oconee Bell, can be found blooming from mid-March to early April. Colonies of the Oconee Bells blooming in their entire splendor can be seen along the Oconee Bell Trail at Devils Fork State Park, a gateway to the Jocassee Gorges.

Come to beautiful Lake Jocassee for this one of a kind celebration and welcome the bloom of the OCONEE BELL.


Guest Speaker: Luther Lyle presents the Oconee Bell Story

    • Interpretive Oconee Bell Trail walks ·
    • Bluegrass music by Conservation Theory
    •  Food @ Eclectic Sun
    •  Exhibits & Local vendors
    • Local Artists & Authors
    • Blue Ridge Mtn Cloggers
    • Herbalist Walks with Robin McGee
    • Music by BJ Callahan
  • Silent AuctionsSC Park fees:  $5/Adult · $3.25/SC senior · $3/Children age 6-15 · 5 & under Free Silent Auction
  • Presented By:Friends of Jocassee
  • Dates: March 16, 2019
  • Location: State Park
  • Address:191 Holcombe Circle, Salem, SC 29676
  • Phone: (864) 529-5354
  • Time: 10 am-3 pm
  • Price:Included in park admission fee