|Hike Name:||Oconee Bell And Bear Cove|
|Trip Date:||September 26, 2011|
|Trip Temperature:||High: 71-80, Low: 71-80 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Trip Report:||It was a lazy Sunday but the weather was perfect. The temptation to sit around and watch football all day sounded good but my mind was drifting outdoors. The front door couldn't hold me back so off I ventured into the mountains searching for a short walk in the woods and my path led me to Devil's Fork SP.
I walked the 1 mile Oconee Bell Trail first. The Oconee Bell is a short loop that takes you down to a creek bottom where the rare Oconee Bell blooms in colonies during March and April, then leads you over a ridge covered with oak, hickory, sour wood, and dogwoods; and finishing shortly after walking along the shore of an overgrown but picturesque pond. Although the trail is short, it is packed with beauty and worth the time. The Situation enjoyed his time, especially when he got to chase a black snake.
Next it was the 2 mile Bear Cove trail. This loop is a bit more rugged but still easy enough for any fitness level. For the most part the trail meanders through a mixed hardwood forest, mainly consisting of oak and pine. At nearly the midway point the trail reaches the shore of Lake Jocassee. There are a couple trails to access the shore. I found a nice sandy area and chilled out for a bit, watching kayakers paddle their way across the big blue. This turned out to be a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.