unique history, geology and location of the Jocassee Gorges has produced
an area that is rich in educational and scientific research opportunities.
Nestled between the Mountain and Piedmont physiographic regions of the
southern Appalachians, the Jocassee Gorges contains a tremendous diversity
of plant and animal communities.
The area offers an opportunity for discovery of common and unique plant,
fish, and wildlife communities and populations, some of which may be rare
or endangered. Significant archaeological resources are also waiting to be
un-covered within Jocassee Gorges. Scientific research, both formal and
informal, will help establish baseline information about the diversity of
fauna and flora, and natural areas, within the Jocassee Gorges area. This
information will help guide the management and protection of the Gorges'
natural resources well into the future.
A DNR research permitting system allows for approved investigative studies
to be coordinated and conducted in the Jocassee Gorges. For more
information about the research permitting process, please examine
the Conducting Research at Jocassee Gorges
The diverse and unique natural areas and resources on Jocassee Gorges
provide an exceptional opportunity for "outdoor classroom"
education. From kindergarten to college, students can learn about the
unusual geological formations of the Jocassee Gorges, the unique plant and
animal communities that have resulted, and management efforts to maintain
and protect the resources of the area. Opportunities for
"hands-on" activities and field excursions by land or boat are
unlimited and include trips to Walhalla State Fish Hatchery, state parks
and Bad Creek. Results of investigative studies will lead to the
development of new management strategies for rare and unique habitats that
will be illustrated through outdoor workshops for land managers in the
Southeast. Management and protection efforts will also be illustrated
through a series of demonstration projects throughout the Jocassee Gorges
You don't have to wait, though, to explore and discover the educational
opportunities of the Jocassee Gorges. Consult the map elsewhere on this
site and visit the unique areas that the Gorges has to offer. The DNR and
conservation organizations conduct educational excursions periodically,
and state park interpreters conduct a variety of nature-based programs and
walks highlighting mountain resources and culture. Several private
naturalists/guides are also available for conducting field trips and
educational excursions into the Jocassee Gorges. For more information
about educational opportunities, or a list of private guides, contact the
DNR at (864) 654-1671.