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May 14, 2010

New Jocassee Gorges map and driving tour published by DNR, Harry Hampton Fund

A long-awaited map and driving tour of Jocassee Gorges has been published by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, with funding provided by the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund.

The 38-inch-by-27-inch map is the most comprehensive map available for the 33,500-acre Jim Timmerman Natural Resources Area at Jocassee Gorges in northern Pickens and Oconee counties. The map also shows portions or all of Table Rock, Devils Fork and Keowee-Toxaway state parks in South Carolina, and gamelands and Gorges State Park in North Carolina. On the flip side of the map is "Driving the Jocassee Gorges," an 18-stop driving tour beginning at the Jocassee Gorges Visitor Center at Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area on SC 11 in Pickens County. Also featured in the publication are sections on hiking, fishing, hunting, bird-watching, wildlife, camping, botanical areas, access and overlooks, educational opportunities and resource management.

"I'm proud of the new map and driving tour brochure for Jocassee Gorges," said Mark Hall, Jocassee Gorges land manager for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "It’s sure to be the most valuable tool for anyone who visits the area. Although it shows many of the highlights within the property, it still leaves the door open for plenty of exploration."

Funding for publication of the map and driving tour was provided by the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, a private, non-profit corporation that partners with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources for the promotion of education, research, management and the administration of game and fish laws, to benefit conservation of wildlife, marine and other natural resources in South Carolina.

Funding for exhibits at the Jocassee Gorges Visitor Center at Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area was provided by the Hampton Fund, as well as publication and mailing of the Jocassee Journal newsletter for the last 11 years.

Copies of the new Jocassee Gorges map and driving tour are available at the Clemson DNR office, Jocassee Gorges Visitor Center, Table Rock State Park, Devils Fork State Park, at DNR’s Columbia headquarters at the Rembert Dennis Building, 1000 Assembly St., at the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville and at Gorges State Park in Sapphire, N.C.

Waterfalls, green salamanders, black bear, uncommon plants such as Oconee bells and many long-range vistas are just a few of the natural wonders that may be found in the Jim Timmerman Natural Resources Area at Jocassee Gorges in Pickens and Oconee counties. More information on the Jocassee Gorges may be obtained by calling the Clemson DNR office at (864) 654-1671, extension 22.

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