Lake Jocassee http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Jocassee is a crystal clear 7500 acre lake in the mountains of Upstate South Carolina, about one hour from Greenville, S.C and Asheville, N.C. For some unknown reason–it’s an unknown mystery for many Carolina residents, and I know why–we want to keep it a SECRET!
When I was a child, I had the great fortune of having loving parents who knew that boys need to play hard. Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s in rural Western North Carolina, we lived a different life. No computers, cell phones, video games, or gadgets. We had our neighbors, our baseballs, footballs, basketball, our guns, and we spent countless hours wandering the forest, meadows, creeks, and local ponds in search of adventure. It was a good life, and water was an important part of it.
When my Dad realized how blessed we are in the Asheville North Carolina area to have a myriad of clear blue mountain lakes to enjoy, he bought a boat and that was the beginning of a whole new dimension–water skiing, learning to slalom, dive, fish, camp and do everything young folks love about living near the water.
One of my lifelong dreams was to own lakefront property, and in September of 1995 we found our dream property on the shores of Lake Jocassee in upstate South Carolina. Jocassee is the headwaters lake for Duke Power’s network of upstate S.C. lakes, to provide flood control and power, as well as unbelievable recreational opportunities.
There are literally dozens of crystal clear mountain trout streams that feed Jocassee with crystal clear, cold mountain water. The waters of Jocassee feed Lake Keowee, which feed Lake Hartwell, which feed Lake Russel. There are thousands of miles of lakefront between these 4 lakes, but Jocassee is unique in that it is almost totally undeveloped. It is both a N.C. and S.C. Mountain Lake, crossing the N.C. boundary at the Horsepasture River–home of some of highest waterfalls in the entire Southeast–including Rainbow Falls.
Some of the streams, like Wright Creek and Laurel Falls are favorite cooling off spots in the heat of summer.
There are several properties now available on Jocassee, and as a licensed S.C. and N.C. Real estate broker, I am happy to help you in your search. You can view my own property on Jocassee, now for sale, at www.SteveTowe.com.
- Hidden Falls at Laurel Falls
Across the United States–we have many beautiful ecosystems. We are truly blessed to live in a nation with so many diverse environments–from warm coastal blue waters, to glacial melt rivers cascading from 10,000 foot peaks.
Having traveled through 48 of the 50 states, camped and hiked in many of the most incredible environments our nation has to offer–I have to say–Western North Carolina is without an equal for a number of reaons:
- Mild and temperate climate. Very little snow in most years, and most days even in the dead of winter are superb for hiking. In the summer–our average daily temperatures are cool compared to most of the nation, with highs normally in the 80’s, and lows in the 60’s.
- Diverse ecosystem–we live in the most diverse ecosystem in the world–with more species of plants, trees, amphibians, and wildlife than any other location in the world. A host of medicinal herbs are native here–including black cohosh, ginseng, golden seal, mullein, sassafras, thistles, and many others.
- The tallest mountains east of the Mississipi surround Asheville, N.C. There are over 20 peaks over 6,000 feet with ecosystems at the top that resemble southern Canada, and in the valleys that resemble temperate rainforest.
- Hundreds of thousands of acres of Preserved Wildernes in The Great Smokey Mountain National Park, Pisgah National Forest, Nantahala National Forest, Cherokee National Forest, Shining Rock Wilderness, Middle Prong Wilderness, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
- Abundant recreational opportunities with mountain biking, hiking, fishing, skiing, snorkeling in lakes and mountain streams, water-skiing, snow skiing, golf, rock climbing, and many other outdoor sports.
- Low property taxes compared to many areas in the nation.
- Tons of educational opportunities at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute, Outward Bound, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Center for Creative Retirement, and many other venues.
- A strong economy, with many successful entrepreneurs as well as service industries, tourism, a super medical community, and a strong local farm to market presence.
Those are some of the reasons Asheville, N.C. is consistently ranked in the top ten retirement destinations in the nation.
If you plan to retire around Asheville or move to Western North Carolina– if you enjoy mountain trout fishing, hiking in the Appalachian mountains, mountain biking in the National Forest, kayaking or canoeing in mountain rivers, camping in Western North Carolina wilderness areas, or just being in the mountains around Asheville–give me a call. I have a lifetime of experience here, and a 24 year career as a land professional.