Lake Jocassee -
Jocassee is tucked away in the foothills of the Blue
Ridge Mountains, is definitely one of South Carolina's most
spectacular lakes. Lake Jocassee is a true mountain lake
full of waterfalls and rock faces, as well as the coldest,
deepest, and clearest water you will find. Because of the
lack of upstream development and the recent purchase of
approximately 50,000 acres of wild lands by North and South
Carolina, much of the lake will continue to be undeveloped.
Lake Jocassee was formed by damming several large rivers for
the purpose of providing hydroelectric power for the south
east. The Whitewater, Thompson, Horsepasture and the
Toxaway rivers form to make one of the deepest manmade lakes
in the southeast.
History - The recorded history of the Jocassee
Gorges area dates back to 1539 when Hernando deSoto explored
the area. South of what is now Lake Jocassee Dam was once
Keowee Village or Keowee Town, the capital of the Lower
Cherokee Indians. Keowee Village was located just across the
Keowee River (Oconee side) near the confluence of Crowe
Creek and Keowee River. In 1690 James Moore led a British
expedition through the area in search of gold.
Cherokee Legend The Vale of Jocassee was home to the
Cherokee Indian Nation. It now lies some 300 feet beneath
the surface of Lake Jocassee, near the Toxaway River and
Whitewater River confluence, approximately one-half mile
north of Jocassee Dam. Jocassee and its meaning are derived
from the legend of a Cherokee maiden. Chief Attakulla and
his Oconee tribe, known as the "Brown Vipers," lived on the
west side of the Whitewater River. The Eastatoees, a rival
tribe, lived on the east and were called the "Green Birds."
Legend has it that a young warrior named Nagoochee lived
among the Green Birds but was not afraid to enter Brown
Viper hunting grounds. One day while hunting in Brown Viper
territory Nagoochee fell and broke his leg. Nagoochee was
convinced he would perish in the wilderness, when he heard
the singing of Jocassee, Chief Attakulla's daughter.
Jocassee took Nagoochee back to her father's lodge and
nursed him back to health. They fell in love and Nagoochee
stayed with the Oconee tribe. Later during a fight between
the tribes, Jocassee's brother, Cheochee, killed Nagoochee.
When Cheochee returned from battle with Nagoochee's head
dangling from his belt, Jocassee didn't say a word. She
slipped into a canoe and onto the water. As Jocassee still
gazed at the head of her lover, she stepped into the water.
Legend claims that she did not sink but walked across the
water to meet the ghost of Nagoochee. The name Jocassee
means "Place of the Lost One."
A New Development
Jocassee Real Estate Co., Inc. is in the process of
planning the most exclusive waterfront property in the state
of South Carolina. The property includes over 15,000 ft of
waterfront on Lake Jocassee and encompasses over 100 acres.
This will be a special community on the lake that will feel
like the old Jocassee Valley. The community will center on
the pristine beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The home
sites will be large to protect the natural beauty of Lake
Jocassee and ensure the natural beauty of the lake for
generations to come. Jocassee will always be "The place of
the Lost One" and will be a place for property owners to
come and tap into their spiritual side of life. It will be a
place for family enjoyment, deep conversation and deep
reflection for generations to come.
Bear Creek Lake - Located near Cashiers, NC Bear
Creek Lake is unsurpassed in beauty, set in the cool
elevation of the Western North Carolina Mountains, Bear Lake
Reserve is one of the last significant lakefront properties
in the region. Located in the shadows of the majestic Blue
Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, this corner of North
Carolina is home to Bear Creek Lake. One of the last
undeveloped lakes in the region, its nearly 14 miles of
pristine shoreline meanders along the edge of Bear Lake
Reserve. The property's dramatic mountain to lake terrain is
extremely unique, providing picturesque views in nearly
every direction from the water or the land. The community is
quietly becoming a most sought-after address for those
looking for a primary, vacation, or retirement home. Though
comfortably distanced from the harried world, Bear Lake
Reserve is near Cashiers, Sylva, Highlands, and Brevard,
charming and active towns that invite you over to shop,
dine, tour galleries, go antiquing, and take in a change of
scenery. A little farther down the road are Asheville,
Hendersonville, and Greenville, South Carolina. For More
Information about Bear Creek Lake contact us.
Relaxing views at Bear Creek
Lake James - Nestled in the
foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North
Carolina, Lake James offers residents a relaxing pace of
life, as well as a never-ending array of outdoor activities
in mountain land so beautiful it was chosen as the location
of the motion picture, “The Last of the Mohicans.”
Fed by two mountain rivers and Paddy’s Creek and at 1,200
feet above sea level, Lake James offers residents a moderate
and inviting climate, easy access for boating and fishing
and close proximity to an attractive selection of state and
national parks such as Linville Gorge, South Mountains State
Park and Pisgah National Forest. The lake, which is named
after Duke Energy founder James B. Duke, covers over 6,500
acres and offers more than 150 miles of shoreline.
For less rustic pursuits, Lake James residents enjoy quaint
main street communities and historic downtowns in Morganton,
Marion, Valdese and nearby Hickory, where community
celebrations are a regular occurrence.
And, when it’s time to expand your area of exploration and
discovery, Lake James is ideally located. Asheville, site of
a thriving arts and cultural community as well as the
sprawling Biltmore Estate, is just an hour away. Snow skiing
in the Appalachian Mountains is also just a short drive a
from Lake James, and major metropolitan areas such as
Charlotte, N.C., Winston-Salem, N.C., and Columbia, S.C.,
are within a three-hour drive.
Black Forest on
Lake James offers 56 private preserves which are heavily
wooded and range from 3 to 21 acres. Contact us for more
A Distant view of Lake James