The mystery plant of the mountains of Upstate SC and was first discovered by French botanist Andre Michaux in 1787.

The mystery plant of the mountains of Upstate SC and was first discovered by French botanist Andre Michaux in 1787.

The mystery plant of the mountains of Upstate SC and was first discovered by French botanist Andre Michaux in 1787.

Patrick points out the Rhododendron overhead.

Patrick points out the Rhododendron overhead.

Patrick points out the Rhododendron overhead.

Mountain spurge or Allegheny spurge is a low perennial, spreading with long rhizomes.

SPAY COMMUNITY OF PLANTS

SPAY COMMUNITY OF PLANTS

Spray community of plants
Dutchman's Pipe Vine

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FIRST SUNDAY EXPEDITIONS WITH PATRICK MCMILLIAN

 Join Emmy Award winning television host and naturalist Patrick McMillan for an unforgettable               adventure on Lake Jocassee. Patrick, Brooks and Kay will guide you and your family on a tour of the features that make the gorges region a biological hotspot and provide the microhabitats that have made the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment Ecoregion a crucible of life for millenia. Abundant moisture, deep gorges, and rapid elevation change are part of the equation that has allowed tropical ferns to flourish beneath a canopy of trees that are also found in New England and eastern Canada! Few people ever get the chance to see these rare ferns and plants that make their home here and nowhere else in North America but you will on this expedition. Towering majestic waterfalls, birdlife, incredible scenery and of course the abundance of wildflowers are woven together by the experience and artful storytelling of Dr. McMillan. We hope you'll join us for a look deep into these ancient hills.

 

FIRST SUNDAY EXPEDITONS
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm / Nov-March
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm / April - Oct
Price: $80 per person
4 HOURS
 


 

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Life jackets (if your child has a favorite, bring it along!)
  • JLT will be serving hot beverages on cold days
  • Bottled water
  • Lap blankets available

SUGGESTED TO BRING

  • Small cooler of what ever food or drinks you would like (Adult beverages are allowed)
  • Rain jacket or windbreaker 
  • Sunglasses, hat, gloves, scarves, etc...
  • Lap blanket
  • Identification
  • Camera, binoculars

WHAT TO WEAR

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Watershoes in warm weather (flip flops are not watershoes)
  • October - April: please dress in warm layers with heavy jackets in Winter.

WHERE TO PARK

NOVEMBER 1 - APRIL 30: Devils Fork State Park, 538 Jocassee Lake Rd, Salem, SC 29676
 
MAY 1 - OCTOBER 31: Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holiday's: Jocassee Lake Tours parking area (DIRECTIONS)
 

 

 

 
                                                                                                            
 
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CONTACT US: info@jocasseelaketours.com

Phone: 864-280-5501

We depart from the main boat dock at Devils Fork State Park, Salem SC, 28676